Women in Data Science Conference – Wellington – 9 March 2019

What

WiDS Wellington is an independent event organised by Victoria University of Wellington to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

The Global WiDS Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.

This one-day conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains, and connect with others in the field.

Please save the date (all day) for a stimulating day of talks for practicing data scientists (and professionals in related fields) as well as those considering a career in data science.

When and Where

Saturday 9 March 2019
8:30am – 6:16pm

Rutherford House
23 Lambton Quay
Pipitea campus, Victoria University
Wellington

How Much

Free

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Tech Drinks Miramar – Wellington – 6 February 2019

What

Successful technology eco-systems from Austin to Zurich are as unique as the cities themselves but they all have one thing in common: regular opportunities to catch up with other tech entrepreneurs and like minded folks, usually with a beer in hand.

Come along for a chance to hear about what else is happening out this way, whether you’re part of a local start-up already, you’re thinking about your next move, or you think you might be able to help in some way to further develop our local eco-system. Technology eco-systems are all about networks, not hierarchies, so come help grow that network here in Miramar.

What we’re about

Hack Miramar is group of liked-minded tech industry types who happen to live on the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington, NZ. We organise technology events, advocate for more adoption, education and investment in technology and work hard to be a nuisance.

http://www.hackmiramar.org/

When and Where

5:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday 6 February 2019

Park Kitchen,
6 Park Rd,
Miramar,
Wellington

How Much

Free Entry

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Hack Miramar Website
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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.

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Multicore World Website
Multicore World Registration

Testing WordPress before hitting update on production – Wellington – 4 February 2019

What

Jeff Ghazally will speak about testing WordPress before hitting update on production.

This talk will cover ways to update your WordPress install safely using a local testing / staging environment.

Remainder of the time will be left to talk about WP5.0 and Gutenberg and how people are finding it so far

What we’re about

A group for anyone interested in WordPress. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, all welcome.

When and Where

Monday, February 4, 2019
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Biz Dojo
3 Market Lane
Wellington Central

How Much

Free

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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

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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

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

The Centre for Space Science Technology: What, When, Where, How, Who? – Wellington – 30 January 2019

What

A talk by Duncan Steel

In this talk I will outline the activities of CSST, which was founded last year in Alexandra as one of the government’s Regional Research Institutes. Fundamentally the role of CSST is to provide expertise in the utilisation of satellite-derived imagery for the good of New Zealand: to plug the gap that exists between the torrent of Earth observation data streaming down from orbit and the potential end-users who are largely unaware of what ‘space can do for them’. Applications include the identification of illegal fishing by vessels in the Antarctic Ocean, the early detection of cyanobacteria blooms in NZ’s thousands of lakes, the mapping of how the country is changing shape under seismic and volcanic shifts, right through to the monitoring of the growth and health of crops ranging from grass to grapes.

About the speaker:

Over the past thirty years Duncan has worked on space projects in the US, UK, Australia, Sweden, Canada and NZ. His research has focussed largely on asteroids, comets and meteors, but he has also been involved in planning missions to Mars and the search for life elsewhere. Additionally he is an expert on the history and astronomical basis of calendars.

Duncan is the author of four books, over 140 research papers, and more than a thousand articles in newspapers and magazines published around the globe. He has appeared in dozens of TV documentaries, and hundreds of radio interviews.

Asteroid 4713 Steel is named for him, as is a lunar-roving robot in one of Arthur C. Clarke’s science-fiction novels.

http://www.duncansteel.com/

Space Enthusiasts & Professionals Meetup (Wellington)

This is for anyone interested in creating a space ecosystem, industry and community in New Zealand in light of a new resurgence of interest in space technologies, capabilities and exploration. The intent is to find like-minded enthusiasts (no space background required!) and professionals interested in making this happen in New Zealand through informal gatherings to share ideas, network and potentially collaborate in space projects.

When and Where

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
5:30pm – 7pm

Level 10
BNZ Partner Center
1 Victoria Street
Wellington

How Much

Free

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Meetup page for the talk by Duncan Steel
Meetup page for the Space Enthusiasts & Professionals Meetup Group
Facebook page for the Space Enthusiasts & Professionals Meetup Group

Astronomy Night (During the Day!) – Wellington – 11 January 2019

Astronomy Night During the Day

What

Who says you can’t star gaze during the day?

The Sun is the star at the centre of our solar system; but, because of the harm it can do to your eyes, you should never look directly at the Sun without the proper solar gear. The Wellington Astronomical Society will set up special solar telescopes for you to view the Sun safely. Come and see if you can find sunspots and solar flares!

This event is part of the International Astronomical Union’s 100 Hours of Astronomy.

When and Where

11 January 2019
1pm – 2pm

War Memorial Library,
Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington

How Much

Free

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Event on Hutt City Library‘s What’s on page, Facebook event and Eventfinda.

Wellington Astronomical Society.

Citizen Science workshops on beach litter data – North Island – 28 January-9 May 2019

Citizen Science Workshop

What

Free citizen science workshops on beach litter data collection

Backed by the Ministry for the Environment, and working alongside Department of Conservation and Statistics New Zealand, our multi-award winning charity Sustainable Coastlines is delivering a project to create grassroots solutions to litter in Aotearoa.

As part of this project, we are offering free training workshops for individuals and groups who would like to take part in ongoing litter data collection on their local coastline. The workshop will pass on the skills in surveying, data collection, and Health & Safety that will allow you to play an important part in this long-term effort.

This “Citizen Science” project will allow you to contribute data to New Zealand’s first national beach litter database, meaning that the information collected reaches those that need it for decision-making.

In terms of the level of commitment required from your group, the project is ongoing and ideally each of the monitoring sites will be surveyed a minimum of 4 times per year, for at least the next 3 years. We are setting up 108 sites like these around Aotearoa and this long-term data will play a critical role in proving the litter problem and helping to prioritise solutions.

We will be working around the following towns and regions during the dates listed below, and would love to organise a free Citizen Science workshop specifically for your group during these dates. Simply click ‘Book workshop’ to email our friendly team with a date that works for you. Find out more about the project and the workshops in the sections below.

Workshop details

Date: We’ll arrange a workshop specifically for your group. Just let us know the date and time that suits best within the dates that we’re in your region.

Timing: 3-4 hours.

Location(s): We will run a 2-hour workshop session at a nearby indoor space of your choosing, eg surf club, community centre, marae etc, followed by a Litter Survey at a local beach / coast that you would like to collect data from on an ongoing basis. This will be your “Monitoring Site”. Sustainable Coastlines will assist you with your monitoring site selection. Please let us know your beach and indoor location preference(s) so we can make arrangements.

Capacity:
3-10 ‘Citizen Scientists’. We highly recommended that a minimum of 3 people from your organisation / community group attend so that leadership and knowledge can be spread.

When and Where

Book your Citizen Science workshop

Northland: Mon 28 Jan to Fri 1 Feb. Book workshop.
Auckland: Tue 12 Feb to Thu 21 Feb. Book workshop.
Coromandel: Mon 4 Feb to Fri 8 Feb. Book workshop.
Waikato West Coast: Tue 19 Mar to Thu 28 Mar. Book a workshop.
Taranaki (New Plymouth & North): Tue 16 Apr to Thu 25 Apr. Book workshop.
Taranaki (South of New Plymouth): Tue 2 Apr to Thu 11 Apr. Book workshop.
Manawatu-Whanganui: Tue 5 Mar to Thu 14 Mar. Book workshop.
Wairarapa: Tue 30 Apr to Thu 9 May. Book workshop.
Wellington: Tue 5 Feb to Thu 14 Feb. Book workshop.

Can’t see your town or region above?! Never fear. We’ll be in touch again in the next few months as we confirm dates for our next roadshow from May 2019. Eventually we will set-up at least 108 long-term Monitoring Sites all around Aotearoa, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.

How Much

Free

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Wellington Python Meetup – Wellington – 13 December 2018

New Zealand Python User Group (NZPUG) Logo

What

Two presentations 🙂

Avo Patlong:

As part of my internship at Eagle, I was presented an opportunity to work with the NZTA Crash dataset. My objective was to incorporate machine learning to analyse influential factors and geospatial patterns to predict the risk of a crash occurring at road sections throughout New Zealand. I used Python throughout the project to implement the machine learning scripts, gather data, and implement a feature service that continuously publishes the predictions onto a web map. The web map visualises the heatspots of crash risks, which updates every hour. I would like to talk about the challenges throughout the process and discuss my findings.

Vincent Bonnet:

This presentation is about a personal project started earlier this year where I explored numerical computation in Python. It is only scratching the surface of this wide topic but will include a brief introduction to physics simulation and show an early 2D implementation.

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Python talks! Python people! Discussions from how to start learning Python through to debugging your robot pirate spaceship avionics controller library. Or whatever. There is also pizza, and sometimes spare beer.

When and Where

Level 3 meeting space,
Catalyst House, 150 Willis Street, Wellington

How to find us

The door locks after 6pm, so send a text to the number on the door and someone will fetch you.

How Much

Free. Please register here.

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13 December 2018 Wellington Python Meetup by NZ Python User Group – Wellington.

NZ Python User Group (NZPUG) https://python.nz and twitter @nzpug.