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Compucon Open Technology Seminar at Kamo High Print
October 2013

Compucon Open Technology Seminar
1 November 2013 Friday
1:45pm - 4:45pm including muffin break
Kamo High School Whangarei

Attendance is free of charge but registration is strictly necessary for seating and catering purposes.


o This Open Technology Seminar is a mix of an advanced level tutorial and outside the square information designed for senior professionals.  The context is how we are able to stay abreast of developments across the board (the profession, the society, the world and the universe) in the midst of our everyday routines and urging priorities.  The content includes the beauties and limits of mathematics, how we turn sands into computers, and how we end.

o As the speaker is an engineer, the applications of the technique covered in this seminar will be demonstrated with technology based information and will not involve politics, religion, or literature etc.  The information pieces are in the domains of chemistry, electronics, mathematics, and astronomy which are outside his career backgrounds of being a system engineer.  In particular, “How we end” is based on modern astronomy findings that our Sun and Earth have a finite life.  He will explain how to read effectively with minimal allocation of time and to achieve effective reading in a busy life for optimal results.   The seminar is not intended to turn any person into a specialist of any knowledge domains at all if you are not already one.  Nevertheless, it is highly likely that this seminar will help broaden everyone’s horizon within 2 hours.  You can expect to learn a technique for effective speed reading, some advanced level general knowledge, and a couple of views that may help work and life. 

o The speaker TN Chan is a Chartered Engineer, a computer system architect, a company executive director, a university supervisor, and a New Zealand member of an international astronomy science and engineering design team.   He was educated in the University of Hong Kong and worked in Hong Kong, Japan and Wellington as a power station computing system engineer.  He started up Compucon New Zealand in Auckland in 1992 to produce computers based on open standards.  Compucon diversified into big data systems in 2005, digital video surveillance systems in 2008, and high performance computing in 2010.  The latest efforts paved his entry into the biggest science project in the world in this century (www.skatelescope.org) as part of the New Zealand contribution. He has been an industry supervisor for University of Auckland BTECH degree since 2002 and is a contributor to the BTECH curriculum review held in 2013.