Events on the Horizon
The following is a list of events coming up. Listed in Date order.
As they get close we will add in a sign up link if needed (which will also have more information)
Sandbox Fandom Festival Saturday 23rd Sept, Forum North
A Northland celebration of everything geek. Arts, Technology, Games, Cosplay, Comics, Music and more. All things pop culture. More info and tickets here
MARS - Mission Control Friday 6rh 12:45 - 2:30pm
The Labs have secured a showing of Mission Control MARS and a Q&A just for us! Join us for this interactive high-stake mission. Only $5. Details here
Terrible Ideas Hackathon Dec 9th and 10th (Friday evening then Sat/Sun)
This Northland High School TWO DAY team challenge. This is a post exam’s innovation challange. It’s about creativity, inventiveness, silliness and cleverness. And excessive use of duct tape and hot glue. Start dreaming up great terrible ideas now. More info here.
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Climate Action Film Competition - Deadline 8th July This is about creating a five to seven-minute film that shares a story of people working to adapt to, or mitigate climate change. This can be started now. 8th July is the deadline.
More info here
KiwiJam - 21-23 July
A 48hr game making event. This for physical as well as digital games. There will be a Whangarei site (in the Labs) this year so we will be able to have younger people involved. Fast and frenzied game making - it is amazing what can be achieved by teams in a weekend.
Signup on the KiwiJam Website: https://kiwijam.org/
48hours NZ Short Film Competition - Early Aug
The date is yet to be confirmed. But yes, let’s enter again this year. Each year we get better and better.
Govhack - 18—20 August GovHack is an annual open government data competition held all over Australia and New Zealand. Last year our team won several prizes (cash and a trip to Melbourne red carpet awards). What will happen this year?
- Space for Planet Earth Challenge - 31 August
This is the deadline for submitting initial proposals of what you might do. After this there is support to help you with creating a full project idea for presenting early next year. Serious prizes.
Bush Walk - Sunday 18th of June
Add your name to this form if you are interested in joining us for a bush walk where the goal is learning about our native bush and seeing what we can discover. We won’t be going far but it will be slow as there is a lot to talk about. Through the bush near wetlands, along a stream up and for the more adventurous, up a valley to a ridge and then to a big view up the coast. Back down through farmland to the barn where we started. Afternoon tea at the top or back at the barn. If time we will head to a close beach for more looking and talking
Bush Walk “I am coming” form
SpaceBase Visit May 25th (Thursday 5:30pm)
This will be a talk about NZ’s Space Industry (the sort of jobs you could get into) as well as climate change. Importantly they will be talking to us about the Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023 This challenge is about using satellite data, in combination with other data sources to identify locations of methane emissions on Earth. There is a category in this challenge for high school aged teams (along with University teams and professional teams). Spacebase.co
Armageddon Expo - 3/4/5 of June
Lets again go down to this event as a swarm. Armageddon is a weird and interesting cultural experience. It is also an opportunity to dress up in cosplay. It is a long weekend and we will probably go down on Sunday - but plans are still to be made. We can either hire a bus (worked well last time) or as a collection of parents with cars.
Fire Frenzy Night - Friday 9th June 5:30-8pm
Instead of running our Friday night group at the Labs, we will be visiting Fire Frenzy, a fire arts performance group, and everyone is invited to have a go (or simply watch, that is okay too). Younger Coding & Game Making Group: If you aren’t planning to join us for Fire Frenzy, please make sure pick up happens by 5.30pm or earlier. We will meet at the Labs in Tikipunga and share transport to the BMX track in Whangarei - or you can join us directly at the Whangarei BMX Track:. Everyone is welcome to join us. All ages & abilities. Free to come and watch.
If you want to try fire spinning, bring $5 in cash. Please wear cotton or wool clothing!
- BIOS creative innovation lab Sunday 11th June, 11am
This is a visit to the Whangarei Art Museum which has “BIOS: an art, biology and technology innovation lab produced by Northland creative studio AwhiWorld with ThoTho”. BIOS is a creative innovation lab set up to foster exploration and research at the intersection of art and technology and comprises various learning and experimentation zones, including areas dedicated to bio-matter experiments, mini-installations utilising 3D projection, and displays showcasing future fibre experiments.
Everyone is welcome to join us. Children under 11, please bring a grown-up. Meet: Whangarei Art Museum Main Entrance (@Town Basin)