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Smart Technology Futures and Skills Conference

This event is not run by an association in the Tech Alliance, but may be of interest to some members.

Who is it for?

Smart Technology Futures is for all those who have to meet the challenge of emergent technologies and are wanting to thrive in a digital community. It has been formed to grow innovation, education and digital awareness in Katikati / Waihi Beach. This is the inaugural conference where the scope of Smart Technology Futures will be clarified and the innovative technologies that exist within our community will be displayed. Come and get involved!

Why Digital Futures?

The world of work is changing, with technologies seen to be as disruptive as those from the industrial revolution – hence it is called Industry 4.0. We want to contribute to developing the skills and jobs for the future within our community. We believe workshops displaying the innovation that is occurring to be important so people can adapt to the rapids of change. These technologies are exponential and we will exhibit these.


13.00: Register and Network
13.10: Welcome and Introduction to Smart Technology Futures  John and Ross
13.20 Digital Futures and Skills, Vocational Education of the Future – Dr. Leon Fourie, Toi Ohomai
13.45: Emerging technologies in the region (including biotech, materials and manufacturing), Shane Stuart – Waikato University
14.10: Katikati College leading the digital transformation. Hamish Carr, Head of Technology, Katikati College
14.30: House of science and skills for school children – Pam Bassett, House of Science, Tauranga
14.50: Robotics, EVs in the kiwifruit industry and horticulture, Matthew Nelson, CEO, Action Equipment
15.10: Autonomous cool stores and a transformation in the horticultural industry – the future skill requirements – Alan Davidson
15.30: Smart Mining and Skills – OceanaGold, Dave Alderson
15.50: Smart Engineering – Andy Cameron CEO, Oasis Engineering Tauranga
16.10: Break – Tour of the Digital Hub over Tea. Donna Hannah, Western Bay of Plenty Council
16.30: Using Digital Technologies to Support our New Zealand Communities  Hayden Grant-Ussher, Beca Consulting
16.50: Renewable Energy for Off Grid Applications – Errol Davies
17.10: The Future of Smart Technology, Work and Skills in the District – Roundtable
17.30: Wrap up – The vision for Smart Technology Futures and next steps.

Registration opens at 12.45pm.

Booking is essential – seating is limited.
To book, email with your contact details.


Apr 14
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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The Hub
21 Main Road, Katikati, 3129 New Zealand + Google Map
07 571 8008