Otago techweek for tech careers
An expo that demystifies tech for all ages, called TEXpo, will be the highlight of Dunedin Techweek from May 19-27.
Techweek will showcase research, products and industries that have emerged in Dunedin. Events are being held throughout New Zealand.
Dunedin Techweek ambassador and operations and engagement coordinator of Dunedin’s SIGNAL ICT Grad School, Kylie Jackson, said the events will provide a chance to meet people from the region’s growing tech sector and learn how research can be turned into commercial reality, as well as explore career options within the sector.
‘‘This festival will allow the tech community to connect and share expertise. It will show Dunedin to be an up and coming tech and innovation centre. We have an abundance of success stories due to the city’s many tech education and research opportunities, and strong ties with industry,’’ Jackson said.
‘‘We also want to promote tech career opportunities for young people and encourage diversity in tech.’’
University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic staff and students and local industries will display Dunedin’s many facets of tech at TEXpo on 26 May. All ages can get hands on with the latest innovations at this free event.
Other events will include talks, demonstrations, open days, displays, film screenings, and workshops.
They will allow locals and visitors to learn about topics such as electric vehicles, 3D printing, computer coding, software design, and app making. Four events for seniors will provide a guide for keeping safe online.
There will be a behind the scenes look at Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium, and a chance to experience state of the art technology and science interactives at the Museum’s Tu¯ hura Otago Community Trust Science Centre.
Event venues will include the SIGNAL ICT School for Graduates and Innov8HQ and Petridish coworking space in Vogel St, libraries, Otago Museum, and Otago Polytechnic. Jackson said there was still time to submit events for the programme or book an exhibit at the TEXpo.
Techweek Dunedin has been organised by a team of representatives from local industry, University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic, and Enterprise Dunedin.
‘‘We want to promote tech career opportunities for young people and encourage diversity in tech.’’ Kylie Jackson
3D printing is among several topics to be featured during Techweek.