TechWeek 2019 starts next week, and we’re excited to be sharing several stages with some of New Zealand’s top tech talents. Last year, a huge 540 events took place across Aotearoa. So, where do you go if you want to see the best of digital humans during the week?
The FaceMe team will be out and about throughout TechWeek, with our experts sharing their stories, knowledge and insights on all things digital human.
We put together this handy guide for anyone wanting to include something a little different into their TechWeek schedule.
Where we’ll be
20 May: Techweek Launch: Good for the World
The TechWeek opening panel will be where it all begins on 20 May (7:00–10:30). Our COO, Bradley Scott, will be joined by a fantastic panel of experts to discuss potentially the most important topic of the whole week: how technology can be used for the good of society.
No spoilers, but expect a deep dive into how technology can be used to create balance, serve those who have been underrepresented in society, and provide access to vital services society’s most-at-risk people have previously been locked out of.
The future’s bright. How bright? Pop along on Monday and find out—it’s free, but tickets are going fast.
20 May: Live Local, Work Global Tech Expo
A little further south, experts from our Hamilton office will be on hand at Claudelands for the Live Local, Work Global Tech Expo (11:00–16:00).
FaceMe Senior Software Engineer, David Hamilton, and Developer Jamie Littin will be speaking about how even small footprints can make a large global impact. It’s all about regional capacity building, focus and an enthusiasm to solve serious worldwide problems.
More than 20 exhibitors will be showing their wares at the free, drop-in expo, open to all, with Jamie and David part of the speaking session running 12:30–14:00.
21 May: TECH-Xpectations Expo
If you’ve ever been at an event with a burning question and no means to ask it, TECH-Xpectations Expo (16:00–18:00) is for you.
Not only will you have an incredible array of talent around you, including FaceMe’s VP of Platform Development, Brodie Wooler, you’ll be part of an event that’s made to be super interactive, so you can leave with actual answers to your most pressing tech questions.
It’s free, it’s in Takapuna and it’s interactive—a tech triple-threat if there ever was one.
21 May: Pixel Fusion’s Great Innovation Debate
What’s better than a good debate? A great debate, of course! Particularly one with a panel as strong as the one at The Great Innovation Debate, hosted by Pixel Fusion on 21 May (17:00–20:00).
FaceMe’s Director of Design, Victor Yuen, will duke it out with other speakers on whether it’s more important to build capability and culture or governance and process in an innovation-smart business.
Expect industry insights and actionable knowledge throughout. Oh, and it’s free to attend! Just be sure to grab your ticket beforehand.
23 May: Digi_X Digital Decisions
The digital humans are coming… but is your business ready? This is the question our Director of Design, Victor Yuen, will be asking (and answering) at the Digi_X conference in Grafton, Auckland (9:00–16:00).
On top of that, hear real Kiwi stories of transformation and innovation from some of the most forward-thinking minds in Aotearoa.
There’ll be heaps to see throughout the day—whether it’s Victor deep diving into examples of digital humans in action or our friends at Jrny delving into conversational AI—there’s sure to be plenty of insights for a curious mind.
AND HEY! Why not enter our ticket giveaway? Simply go to our social channels and tell us who you’d take with you to be in to win 2x tickets (worth $1,190), so you can go and take a friend and share the insights! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
23 May: Automation for Business
Wrapping up an exciting week is the Automation for Business event at Crowne Plaza, Auckland (9:00–17:30).
Our VP Platform Development, Brodie Wooler, will be speaking about (among other things) the importance of customer experience in a world full of quick fixes and fast-solutions. When automation becomes robotic, digital humans breathe life back into the process with a personal touch, and Brodie will explain it all.
If you’re attending, be sure to come say hi to us and our digital humans!