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2015-09 Kamo High Open Technology Seminar Print
August 2015
Compucon Open Technology Seminar
Hosted by Kamo High School
2015-09-23 Wednesday

1:50pm – 2:00pm Reception in Music Studio in Block A
2:00pm – 2:10pm Welcome by Kamo High Assistant Principal
2:10pm – 3:10pm TN Chan on First for New Zealand, Auckland and may be Northland
3:15pm – 3:45pm Guest Speakers
3:45pm – 4:00pm Free Discussions
4:00pm – 4:45pm Muffin Break

This seminar is a report of events shaping our future in New Zealand with a level of details not distributed in the media.  It is very up to date and is intended to promote the synergies and links that exist between ICT, education, industry, science, engineering, and technological innovation.  It will provide insights of a broad horizon with deep penetration to professionals in various practices that are otherwise accessible by elite groups of the nation.  More importantly, this seminar also calls for actions from all professionals to move together for the benefits of our region and own practice.

New Zealand is one of the 11 founding members of the international SKA Organisation which has planned to construct 2 large radio astronomy telescopes in the deserts of Western Australia and South Africa. When constructed, these telescopes will be the most powerful on Earth and in space.   This project started well before year 2000 for conception and has progressed to Final Design in August 2015. New Zealand is the 3rd biggest team in the world (after NRC Canada and CSIRO Australia) designing the high performance computing systems for the telescopes.  The New Zealand team consists of engineers and scientists from 3 universities and Compucon and they are all based in Auckland by coincidence (is it).  Owing to the ambitious goals planned for these telescopes, the computing systems being designed are nothing like what is available in the world right now.  This exposure has led Compucon to attempt to spin off the vision and knowledge gained to the New Zealand industry.  Efforts are being made to improve the R&D capabilities of New Zealand to a world level (this is vertical) and to spread the knowledge across wider communities in Auckland and Northland (this is horizontal).