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Techweek Tairāwhiti

A livestream event showcasing tech creativity, innovation and opportunities in Tairāwhiti will be held as part of the nationwide Techweek.

This event does not require registration.

Date and time:

Fri 20 May 10:00 AM - 4:10 PM

Virtual

Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Free

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Contributors include Pultron Composites, Wood Engineering Technology, Rua Bioscience, Tōnui Collab, Tolaga Bay Innovation, Toha, Mātai Medical Research Institute and Tairāwhiti Arts Festival representatives.

Presentations will focus on advanced manufacturing, climate solution technology, digitisation of culture and the arts, medical research using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and capability building.

Join us to see what exciting things are happening in the tech space in Tairāwhiti!

Schedule

Welcome to Techweek Tairawhiti

Mātai Medical Research Institute will be showcasing the heart of their kaupapa: cutting-edge science for the benefit of our community, wider Aotearoa and the world. In this segment, Mātai researchers will demystify the process of undergoing an MRI scan, followed by real-world examples of projects, which would not have been possible without community support. The team will also talk about future plans for a Mātai campus in Tairāwhiti.

Speakers: Associate Professor Samantha Holdsworth (CEO and Director of Research), Leigh Potter (Chief Operating Officer), Dr Dan Cornfeld (Clinical Lead), Paul Condron (MRI Charge Technologist), Davidson Taylor (Cultural Advisor) Dr Eryn Kwon, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Josh McGeown (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), Taylor Emsden (Trainee Technologist).

Rangatahi are using digital technology to creatively express their connection to Te Ao Māori in a variety of ways, this presentation will look at the rangatahi at Gisborne Intermediate School experimenting with game development to celebrate their knowledge of Matariki. These culturally sustaining, digitally-enabled, experiences are fun and they help rangatahi to start having conversations about the opportunities for them to enter the tech industry - an industry where Māori are under-represented.

SPEAKERS: Kirialana Wilson (Tōnui Collab EdTech Innovator), McKay Burgess (Tōnui Collab EdTech Innovator), Teacher (TBC)

Indigenous empowerment through enterprise and technology. Nurturing grassroots entrepreneurship and online technologies, to create more equitable opportunities for Tangata Whenua.

- Provides training in business and technology

- Supports budding grassroots enterprises with mentorship and help with fund-raising

- Connects with tech employers to unlock opportunities for paid internships and remote working

- Training in social media, google, video creations and editing

- Kaumatua trainings – emails/mobiles/photo restorations/story-telling/preserving their knowledge

- Rangatahi training – code club with Huiterangi Digitech

Presenters: Lily Stender, Kuini Tuapawa and Jessica Brown

Pultron Composites are a hi-tech composites company based in Gisborne, New Zealand. They development and manufacture products using a material called glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites to create rods and different profile shapes. The composite material does not corrode, is lighter than aluminium and can be customized to suit the application using a process called pultrusion.

Some of the products they have developed include a concrete rebar that replaces steel called Mateenbar™, flexible rods for the iconic Springfree Trampoline and rock bolts that are used in mines and tunnels. Pultron pioneers smart alternatives for structural materials to deliver improved performance and competitive value compared to traditional materials like steel, wood and aluminium.

Speaker: Pete Renshaw, Business Development Director

Join us on the panel for a discussion with John West, (Te Pūkenga), Shanon O'Connor (Tōnui) and Lyall Anania to share whakaaro on how we create pathways throughout a person's life and develop supportive learning methods and qualifications as we navigate the future of work.

Researchers at Rua Bioscience and the University of Waikato have just completed phase one of their ground-breaking research into the real-time management of medicinal cannabis crops using hyperspectral imaging.

Hyperspectral technology involves the use of near-infrared photography. It’s already used in precision agriculture. But, due to tight legal restrictions on cannabis cultivation, little work has been done to test the technology on cannabis crops.

If successful, this world-leading project (run from Rua’s cultivation centre in Ruatorea) has the potential to transform the way the global medicinal cannabis industry qualifies, assesses and manages its crops. It could also place Rua (and Ruatorea) at the centre of the global cannabis testing industry, estimated to be worth NZ $2.5 billion by 2025.

Find out what the team have been up to as they look to create opportunities in this brand new industry.

Speakers: Associate Professor Melanie Ooi, School of Engineering, Te Wānanga Pūtaiao - Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science, University of Waikato.

Manu Caddie, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Hauā Cofounder, Kaihautu Innovation and Regulation, Rua Bioscience.

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a festival with a difference, one uniquely focused on inclusion, access and authenticity, and designed to use the arts to explore what it means to be of Te Tairāwhiti.
In the past year, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival has been running a series of digital wānanga - Te Ara i Te Matihiko Toi - which aimed to support local artists with digital capabilities and tools. We will be highlighting some of the panellists from the 5-wānanga series to showcase how they use technology within the Arts Industry to focus on community and connection.

Rangatahi are using digital technology to creatively express their connection to Te Ao Māori in a variety of ways, this presentation will look at the rangatahi at Gisborne Intermediate experimenting with game development to celebrate their knowledge of Matariki. These culturally sustaining, digitally-enabled, experiences are fun and they help rangatahi to start having conversations about the opportunities for them to enter the tech industry - an industry where Māori are under-represented.

SPEAKERS: Kirialana Wilson (Tōnui Collab EdTech Innovator), McKay Burgess (Tōnui Collab EdTech Innovator), Teacher (TBC)

Toha is on a mission to power the regenerative economy. Join our kōrero with the crew and community building a system that creates new value for climate action.
Get priority access to the Aotearoa Claims Marketplace, launching soon. Find out how you can create, buy and trade data assets that prove a range of regenerative actions and outcomes on the land. Mauri mahi, mauri ora.

To come....