Spatial @ NZTech Tech Week (May 8th-11th 2017)

04.05.2017 12:21
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The NZ Tech Techweek events kick off nationwide on 6th May, and as part of the event series, SIBA (NZ) is coordinating three “Talk Geospatial” breakfast events.  This is your opportunity register.

About Techweek

Techweek launched in 2016, with 55 events across 10 days that attracted more than 10,000 attendees.  In 2017, Techweek goes nationwide, with more than 100 events running from 6 to 14 May. 

SIBA (NZ) Talk Geospatial breakfast series

To advance and enhance the promotion of the spatial industry to the wider technology sector, SIBA (NZ) is holding 3 breakfast events – Talk Geospatial – to share the positive impacts of the use of geospatial information and technology to those on the periphery of our industry. 

Our speakers will give some of their own experiences of applying spatial in some exciting areas:

- Sean Audain, Innovation Officer Wellington City Council – The Council’s Living Labs project is a community-driven collaboration using smart technology to make Wellington safer and smarter for the city’s vulnerable.  The Living Labs project is a multi-award winner, taking the Supreme Award at the 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards Gala Dinner last November and more recently, the JK Barrie Award at the 2016 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards in Sydney.  Developed by Wellington City Council, Living Lab overlays sensory data such as glass breaking, screaming and anti-social behaviour on a real-time map, with the resulting alerts used to help keep people safer in the city.

- Dan Newman, Head of Design at Koordinates - There’s a lot of great open data online these days — but much of it isn’t being heavily reused. Dan Newman, Head of Design at Koordinates and former Creative Director at Xero, believes that poor design is a big part of the problem. In this talk, he’ll go through the process his team is using to redesign the Koordinates platform, arguing that good design is much more than ‘making it look pretty.’ In fact, design is fundamental —for better or worse — to the work of both data publishers and data users; and by paying more attention to design, we realise the enormous potential impact of spatial data for our economy, society and environment.

Sophie Curtis-Ham, NZ Police (Auckland Venue only) - This presentation describes the use and development of Spatial Technology in New Zealand Police (NZP) over the last few years. The first section showcases examples of spatial analysis used to inform decision-making in NZP, to provide insight into the nature and scope of geospatial analysis in the police context. The second section describes the development and implementation of a national GIS training programme for NZP intelligence analysts, along with ‘lessons learnt’ of potential use for those looking for ways of developing geospatial capability in their organisation.

- Dr Sara McBride, GeoNet Information Team Leader (Wellington & Christchurch venues)
Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunami have become an increasing part of the national conversation since the M7.1 Darfield earthquake in 2010.  With that earthquake, GeoNet rose from being a niche website known mostly only by earth scientists and science enthusiasts, to becoming New Zealand’s number one Google Search term in 2016. This steep and steady rise to prominence in New Zealand has meant the learning curve for GeoNet has been immense for the small team of communicators working there. The team incorporate data visualisations to assist in the rapid deployment of information, using social science research to develop new tools along the way.

See the below table for more information and to register.


(Sold Out)

Mon 8 May

8.00am to 10.00am


101 Pakenham St W


Wed 10 May

8.00am to 10.00am

Biz Dojo

115 Tory Street


Thu 11 May

7.00am to 9.00am

The George

50 Park Terrace


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