Techweek19 - Day 2 Highlights

 

It isn't every day you get to see a real-life superhero, but during Techweek anything is possible! This morning's School Series kicked off with a workshop led by Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen (complete with a cape), with students from schools in Wellington, and streaming live into classrooms all around New Zealand. 

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It's almost too difficult to pick just one highlight from today's Techweek TV sessions, but this moment when we all learned the international sign for 'love' has to be it! Farmehr Farhour, CTO and co-founder of Kara Technologies, demonstrated after an in-depth discussion of accessibility through Sign Language on Techweek TV : Changing the lives of people living with disabilities

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We were inspired yet again by our future generations at the She Can Code event in Timaru, with over 80 girls, aged 7 through to 14, learning how to code in fun and practical ways. The 'Electric Garden' project (above) uses sensors to measure the moisture levels, light and temperature of plants. The team above then took the data to figure out the missing elements, and applied what was needed to get the best growth!

In Tauranga, some of Beca's brightest (and certainly most passionate) talked about the Power of Data - to do everything from help airports make better decisions about where to put their signs, to making an app that means faster post-earthquake response times and more efficiently preparing for seismic events. This app, Beacon, won an innovation award at last year's Hi-Tech Awards.

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And last but certainly not least, a special mention. The Amazon Culture of Innovation event in Southland— with 75 people attending — has been the largest AWS event so far in Techweek19! 

 

By Kirsten Marsh

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