Otago tech­week for tech ca­reers

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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.

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