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Techweek'17 to take Wellington into the future

Techweek’17 begins tomorrow, and Wellingtonians can get a first-hand glimpse of our tech future at more than 60 events across the region throughout the week.

Highlights include a virtual and augmented reality conference, seminars for tech entrepreneurs looking to go global, plus all-ages educational events on everything from space to sustainable living.

Future Realities gives guests a taste of how Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality (AR/VR) technologies will change the way we live, work and play. Wellington’s creative tech scene is set to thrive in the booming industry which is predicted to be worth around $120 billion by 2020.

Future Realities will include tech demos, workshops and hack-a-thons. Topics for discussion include augmented reality islands, how virtual reality is being used for medical applications and how creative professionals will use this AR/VR.

The Hutt STEMM Festival runs throughout Techweek’17, and includes opportunities to build everything from robots to musical instruments. Guests can attend introductions to 3D printing, a tour of atomic clock manufacturers Tekron and more. There are even basic computer classes for those looking to learn.

Kea Inspire|The Future of Cities is an interactive discussion on how New Zealand can compete in a global tech landscape where talent is the critical resource.

The ArtsTech Speed Dating is a mashup of classical art practitioners with science and technology innovators. The event will explore new ways of thinking about and making performing arts. With experimentation close to all their hearts, dancers, actors, musicians, singers and kapa haka performers come together with research scientists, engineers and tech visionaries.

The Lux Light Festival transforms the waterfront into a “magical” night-time playground. Lux is a reminder that tech is first and foremost an expression of the ultimate self-renewing economic resource: human creativity.

Techweek’17 is all about helping Wellington to shape our future, and a full programme of events is available here.

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