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Monday, October 12

13:00 NZDT

Digital Workshop: Decisions and Algorithms – Where do you stand?
The Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand and Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, invites you to take part in a workshop to share your thoughts about how algorithms are used in decision-making in our country.
An algorithm is a set of instructions designed to perform a specific task. Some examples of where computers use algorithms which you may be familiar with include:
·        online streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Spotify
·        search engines like Google and Yahoo
·        the processing of online applications for public services such as passports, benefits, and the prioritising of medical services.
We’ll be sharing a number of algorithm examples with you and asking you to tell us what you think.

Don’t let the word ‘algorithms’ put you off — we promise it will be a lively and fascinating session, and you will help us produce some concrete recommendations that the government, and other organisations, can take to ensure that ADM is trusted and that, as a nation, we make the most of these powerful technologies.

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Anna Brown

Associate Professor, Toi Āria — Design for Public Good, Massey University
Anna Brown is a design researcher, educator and practitioner whose expertise is in participatory design. Her research focuses on deliberative engagement, participatory policy design and design-led innovation. She leads Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, a research centre in the College... Read More →
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Marianne Elliott

Co-Director, The Workshop
Marianne is a legally-trained researcher, strategist and communicator who has used story-based research, advocacy and campaigning to influence policy in New Zealand and elsewhere over the past two decades. Examples of her recent work include the Out of the Maze report on digital divides... Read More →

Monday October 12, 2020 13:00 - 14:30 NZDT

13:00 NZDT

Future Farm Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities
Farm businesses are complex and operate in increasingly volatile business and natural environments. Farm business owners’ and managers’ goals and objectives, and the resources available to the business, also evolve over time in response to changing business environments and social norms. The farming industry as a whole is also facing huge challenges, from rising costs of supplies, a shortage of labour, and changes in consumer preferences for transparency and sustainability, as well as an increased focus on the environmental impact of farming.
Meeting these challenges will require a concerted effort by governments, investors, farming businesses and farmers, as well as possibly using innovative technologies such as Visual Internet of Things (V-IoT), drones, robotic and artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain. This session is set up to initiate a conversation on the above topics and bring together government officials, founders, investors, researchers, and farmers who are envisioning and building the future of farm technologies in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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William Liu

Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology
William Liu is currently a lecturer in the Department of Information Technology and Software Engineering (ITSE), School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (SECMS) at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. He holds a Masters degree and a PhD degree... Read More →

Monday October 12, 2020 13:00 - 14:30 NZDT

19:30 NZDT

Build (Back) Better Democracy
This Zoom workshop is a chance to reflect on the state of our NZ democracy and discuss whether we need to build it back the same or build it back better - it’s not just our economic and social systems have been disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis.

After the early hope that the internet would strengthen democracies, digital divides, fake news, political manipulation and polarisation are just some of today's prominent concerns. Can that early hope be realised?

The workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Trust Democracy will use the anonymised 'findings' of this workshop to seed further ‘discussions’ about democracy, including via https://pol.is, a mass participation platform famously used by vTaiwan. Findings will also be submitted to the Public Service Commission as it prepares the NZ government’s next National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership - see https://ogp.org.nz/.   

Trust Democracy, a new not-for-profit, wants to promote, initiate and participate in an ongoing public dialogue about the state of democracy in NZ. It wants to understand how people understand and value democracy in NZ and how they believe it could be improved.

For a Guardian article about vTaiwan and Pol.is, see https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/27/taiwan-civic-hackers-polis-consensus-social-media-platform.

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Keitha Booth

IRM Researcher for New Zealand, Open Government Partnership
The Open Government Partnership promotes engagement between government, civil society and the private sector. The New Zealand government is implementing its 2018-2021 open government commitments and will soon start work to collaborate with the public to develop its 2021-2023 programme... Read More →

John Pennington

Committee member, Trust Democracy
I've been in the deliberative democracy bizz for 18 years. I worked on some major nation-wide projects that have involved hundreds of people grappling with really complex and often controversial topics using deliberation and dialogue as ways to reach common ground.
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Simon Wright

Secretary, Trust Democracy
I serve on the Committee of Trust Democracy, a new not-for-profit that focuses on the health of Aotearoa New Zealand’s democracy and how to strengthen it.  I am also one of two partners in a consultancy called Public Engagement Projects. We have a track record of innovative and... Read More →

Monday October 12, 2020 19:30 - 21:00 NZDT
Tuesday, October 13

16:00 NZDT

Get Smart Fast on the Emerging Singularity Technologies
Option (a): Just attend or watch the Zoom session...
Topic: Get smart fast on the singularity technologies
Time: Oct 13, 2020 04:00 PM Auckland, Wellington

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 4490 6696
Passcode: 383211

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb3BXJbEBc
Option (b): For the brave who want to attend it in VR (optionally also simultaneously in Zoom as well)
A day or so beforehand...
  • Create a (free) account at www.altvr.com and do the ten minute tutorial so you can navigate easily.
  • In the menu at bottom, click 'Worlds', scroll to find the 'Singularity Technologies' world where it will be held. 
  • In the 'Info' tab for that world, 'Favorite' it (to save having to scroll next time, just look in your favourites.)
  • Maybe in the menu click 'Discover' and 'Featured Hub Spaces, and visit the 'Campfire' 'popular' world (to practice meeting people, moving round, etc.)
  • To be included in the 'allowed' list for the event, send your email address to  Bruce Thomson at palmytomo@gmail.com (enquiries welcome there too.)

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Bruce Thomson

Director, Abretech New Zealand Limited
MY BACKGROUND- Decades in telecom, IT instructing, some AI creation, tech writing, crypto.- Co-presenter, Richard Levi has electrical engineering, and tech writing.- Since 2015 I've led a private group, Singularity Technologies, in Palmerston North, New Zealand.- You can see a list... Read More →

Tuesday October 13, 2020 16:00 - 18:00 NZDT
Wednesday, October 14

10:30 NZDT

Tech & Digital Habits - Redesign your relationship with tech
Do you sometimes find yourself struggling to put your phone down?
Have you lost hours of your life endlessly scrolling through social media?
Have you ever stopped to think if your use of tech aligns with your life goals?
Have your tech habits been impacted during the COVID 19 lockdown? 

The internet and tech are amazing. They have so many wonderful things to offer and have changed the way we communicate, work and live! However most of us recognise tech can have an impact on our physical and mental wellbeing and that it can affect our productivity and creativity. But what can you do about it?

In this unique online workshop we’ll uncover the science behind digital distractions and attachment. Explore what you can do to make sure your digital habits align with your personal and professional goals. Discover practical and compelling methods to establish a more balanced, productive and healthy relationship with technology. We'll share some cool and effective hacks to use tech for a more productive and effective outcome.

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Marc Jacquemin

CEO - Lead Trainer, Bloom my Mind
I have over 10 years experience in training and facilitation; my training career started delivering training in Europe’s busiest Apple Store.I then moved to become a freelance trainer focusing on soft skills and behavioural training were I established myself as a successful international... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2020 10:30 - 11:30 NZDT
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