GeyserCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Rotorua – 31 May – 3 June 2019

What

GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! We hope you’ll join us in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend (May 31st to June 3rd 2019) for awesome fandom discussions, panels and presentations, a huge bookstore open every day including Monday, a raffle with amazing prizes, the Young Writers’ Workshop, the Costume Masquerade competition, the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Awards, and so much more!

Young Writers’ Day out – Friday

The Young NZ Writers’ Day Out (on Friday 31st May 2019) will have a full day of writing workshops aimed at intermediate and secondary school students. To warm up to the day we invite young NZ writers to enter into our 2019 annual writing competitions for intermediate and secondary students (opens 1st of February and closes midnight on 15th March – check our website out for more details). Finalists will be awarded prizes at the book launch at the end of the day.
For the first time there will even be a special writing event for our youngest writers in years 5 and 6 (only open to local Rotorua Primary schools) and PD opportunities for teachers who attend.

Main Program

3-5 Streams From Friday evening to Monday Morning.

Sample Events:

  • Radio-play STAR WRECK
  • International Guests: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award Presentations
  • Talks: History of SFF in NZ
  • Panel: High Fantasy Futures
  • GeyserCon Book Expo

When and Where

Holiday Inn
10 Tryon St
Whakarewarewa
Rotorua

Main Event
4pm Friday 31 May 2019
Noon Monday 3 June 2019

Young Writers’ Day Out
All Day Friday 31 May 2019

How Much

EarlyBird 3 until 28 February $60
Standard (Friday evening till Monday) $65
Friday Youth Workshop (under 18s) $20

Various other tickets options available.

More

Geysercon Website with Full programme and Registration
Young NZ Writers Website

An Evening with Anthony Powell: Frozen South – Christchurch – 26 February 2019

What

Canterbury Astronomical Society and the University of Canterbury invite you to come and spend and evening with noted photographer Anthony Powell.

Anthony has just spent his tenth winter over in Antarctica. He worked for many years as a telecommunications engineer before becoming a full-time filmmaker and photographer.

He had to design and build a lot of his own camera equipment to withstand the harsh conditions of the deep Antarctic winters adn has made a number of highly acclaimed films of Antarctica. 

He made the international award-winning film “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” and has contributed footage to numerous films, TV shows, and exhibitions. These include National Geographic, Discovery, US Natural History Museum, and the Emmy Award winning BBC series Frozen Planet.

http://frozensouth.weebly.com/

When and Where

Tuesday, 19 February 2019
8pm – 9:30pm

C2 Lecture Theatre
University of Canterbury
20 Kirkwood Avenue
Christchurch

How Much

Admission by ticket only – Tickets are free for this event.

More

Registration and Tickets via Eventbrite
Frozen South Website


2019 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture Logic, Maths and Modern Society – Auckland – 26 March 2019

What

We are living in the most mathematical age of all time, because of computers.

The massive computational power at our disposal has driven innovation in all aspects of modern society such as science, medicine, and social development. Mobile phones, internet, GPS, online shopping, banking are commonplace examples, but there’s also medical imaging, data mining, even non-skid braking on vehicles – the impact of computing is extraordinary.

A main contributor to the evolution of computing power is a branch of mathematics called Logic. But what is Logic and how does this type of reasoning contribute to advancing technology?

Rod Downey, Professor of Mathematics and 2018 Rutherford Medal winner, chronicles the story of Logic, beginning with the ancient Greeks, then onwards to some of the deepest and most important issues of modern mathematics and computing – what can we compute and what can’t we compute and why? For instance, ‘NP-complete problems’ can be solved in theory, but are deemed intractable because we actually think solving them would take longer than the life of the universe. On the other hand, there is no (mathematical) proof of this belief – yet. As one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems set by the Clay Mathematics Institute, finding a proof, could earn you $US one million dollars. Rod has developed an approach that shows this intractability can be sidestepped in many practical problems. Does this have an effect on society? How close are we to understanding intractability in practice?

When and Where

6pm – 7pm
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Centennial Theatre
Auckland Grammar School
55 Mountain View Round
Auckland Central

How Much

Free but register to guarantee seat

More

Information and Registration

DevOps Talks Conference – Auckland – 26-27 March 2019

What

DevOps Talks Conference (DOTC) brings together DevOps leaders, engineers and architects who are implementing DevOps principles and practices in Start Ups and in Leading Enterprise companies. They run technical and cultural DevOps complex transformation for large and medium organizations.

In today’s competitive IT industry, companies have to enable themselves to deliver products and services to their customers faster than their competition, or risk losing market share. The rise in prominence of Agile delivery practices is helping companies collaborate and deliver more effectively. The maturity of DevOps practices is an essential ingredient to speed up time to production for each feature, idea and/or market test. DevOps is the engine of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment but it requires significant changes in culture and personal attitude.

When and Where

9am – 5pm Tuesday 26 March 2019
9am – 5pm Wednesday 27 March 2019
9am – 5pm Thursday 28 March 2019 – DevOps Leadership Workshop

Grand Millennium Auckland
71 Mayoral Drive
Corner Vincent St
Auckland CBD

How Much

3 Day Registration $825 ( Sale ends 26 Feb )
2 Day Registration $825 ( Sales end 21 March )

More

DevOps Talks Conference 2019 Website

Codemania – Auckland – 15 – 17 May 2019

What

Now in its eighth year, Codemania is Auckland’s premier conference for software developers, with fantastic speakers from New Zealand and around the world. Join us on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at the luxurious Cordis Hotel for a full day of information and inspiration from software practitioners at the top of their game.

If one day is not enough for you, you can also join our world-class speakers and an exclusive gathering of your Codemania friends for two further days after the conference. Codemania Conversations returns to the Waitakere Estate, deep in the heart of one of Auckland’s most picturesque bush settings. This two-day unconference is an opportunity for you to create your own agenda, and spend quality time with our speakers.

When and Where

Codemania

Wednesday 15 May 2019
9am – 5pm

The Cordis Hotel,
83 Symonds Street,
Auckland

Codemania Conversations

9am Thursday 16 May 2019 –
6pm Friday 17 May 2019

573 Scenic Dr,
Waiatarua,
Auckland

How Much

Earlybird Pricing (ends 3rd March 2019)
Conference $450
Conversations $700
Conference + Conversations $950

More

Codemania Website

Multicore World – Wellington – 12-14 February 2019

What

Multicore World is a unique international forum dedicated to the technology design and business applications of big data, deep learning, edge computing, IoT, AI, HPC and exascale computing, operating systems, cybersecurity and more.

How these technologies apply to a diverse range of industries is showcased by world leaders in the field and discussed at peer level in a limited audience conference.

At Multicore World conversations are as important as sessions. Every presentation has a flexible Q&A period, and if we are enjoying a great discussion, we just continue with it. On its 8th consecutive edition, Multicore World 2019 participants are invited as world experts in their speciality. In a limited audience environment you will find that the person sitting besides you has a wealth of experience similar to the speaker that both are listening to.

When and Where

8am – 5pm Wednesday 12 February 2019
8am – 5pm Thursday 13 February 2019
8am – 5pm Friday 14 February 2019
Drinks and Networking light Dinner each evening

Harbourside Function Venue,
Above Mac’s Brewery,
4 Taranaki Street,
Te Aro,
Wellington

How Much

Standard Ticket $1260

Run on a non-profit, limited audience model, we offer only 90 tickets for sale.

More

Multicore World Website
Multicore World Registration

OWASP New Zealand Day 2019 – Auckland – 22 February 2019

What

We are proud to announce the tenth OWASP New Zealand Day conference, to be held at the University of Auckland School of Business on Friday February 22, 2019.

OWASP New Zealand Day is a one-day conference dedicated to application and information security, with an emphasis on secure architecture and development techniques, to help Kiwi developers build more secure applications.

There will be two streams throughout the day. The first stream will include introductory talks on application and information security topics, as well as on policy, compliance, and risk management. The second stream will primarily address deeper technical topics.

Who is it for?

* Web Developers
* Security Professionals and Enthusiasts
* Program and Project Managers
* Business Analysts
* Requirements Analysts
* Software Testers

When and Where

Friday 22 February 2019
9am – 6pm

The University of Auckland School of Business
12 Grafton Rd
Auckland

How Much

Free

More

OWASP NZ Day 2019 Web page
Registration Page

AI-DAY 2019 – Auckland – 27-28 March 2019

What

AI-DAY brings together International Experts, Industry Leaders, Academics and Local Trailblazers to showcase how they’re changing the world with Artificial Intelligence.

Over two days and five 90 minute sessions AI-DAY showcases the incredible stories, panel discussions and applications impacting business, government and society, powered by AI.

From Academics to International Business Leaders, Local Technologists and Innovators, their stories will challenge your thinking and provoke your curiosity.

When and Where

5:30pm – 8:30pm Wednesday 27 March 2019
9am – 7pm Thursday 28 March 2019

ASB Waterfront Theatre
138 Halsey Street
Auckland, Auckland 1010

How Much

$595

Conference pass provides access to all sessions in theatre on Wednesday 27th and 28th March 2019, catering and networking After Party

More

AI-Day Website

SQLSaturday 809 – Wellington – 22 – 23 February 2019

What

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

SQLSaturday Wellington 2019 Pre-Cons
We are planning to run the following Pre-Cons on Friday, 22nd February 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm. The Pre-Con venue will be confirmed shortly.

Creating a Database Deployment Pipeline using DevOps Processes by Hamish Watson
SQL Server Performance Tuning for DBAs by Amit Bansal
Data Science with Microsoft Cloud by Leila Etaati

When and Where

Friday 22 February 2019 – Pre-Cons
Saturday 23 February 2019 – Main Event

Whitireia New Zealand,
3 Wi Neera Dr,
Elsdon,
Porirua,
Wellington

How Much

Main Event    – Free
Pre Cons: Student – $150
Pre-cons Regular – $250

More

Website and registration

OpenBSD informal talk – Wellington – 23 January 2019

What

A number of OpenBSD developers will be visiting Victoria University in
January. As part of that, they will be giving an informal talk on what they
have been working on recently, open to the public.

A number of the OpenSSH and LibreSSL devs will be there, including Theo de
Raadt, Bob Beck and Damien Miller, as well as one of the devs who
spear-headed the OpenBSD response to Meltdown, among others.

When and Where

Lecture Theatre,
LBLT118,
Laby Building,
Victoria University,
Wellington

Starting at 2pm
Wednesday 23 January 2019

How Much

Free

More

Please contact Richard Procter ( richard.n.procter at gmail.com ) if you have any questions