Techweek'18 Highlights from Chch

And that’s a Techweek’18 wrap!

Across the 70+ events in Christchurch, from Space Challenges to Future of Fashion, Hogwarts of GIS to Digital Art, prestigious Hi-Tech Awards, Robotics, Agritech, ExportNZ, Hackathons to Extreme Environments - NZ Techweek ’18 definitely had something to interest every Cantabrian.

There were two Techweek’18 headline events in Christchurch, the winner of the NZ Space Challenge was announced on Thursday May 24 at the Extreme Environments event, and the glamorous Hi-Tech Awards ceremony was held at Horncastle Arena on the Friday night, which celebrated a range of tech successes, and highlighted the shift to a more diverse and inclusive tech sector in NZ. 

SIGNAL and Christchurch Women in Tech co-hosted the screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, followed by an interesting panel discussion involving four local tech women at different stages of their career.  The panelists shared their experiences of working in Tech and also described the vast range of career opportunities, and multiple entrance paths into a tech career. The tide is turning on the gender-gap, and these women were a great testament to the changing and collaborative times ahead.  

A big thank you to our panellists: 

-Brenda Banning - Head Industry Innovation Advisors - JAPAC at Oracle; 

-Lucy-Jane Walsh originally studied a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University, is now working full time as a Software Engineer. 

- Hattie Compton-Moen is a Year 11 student, who interns at FabLab in Christchurch and plans to study Mechatronics or Software Engineering in the future. 

-Yalini Sundralingam studied Computer Science (BSc Hons and MSc) and is a Senior Tutor teaching at the University of Canterbury.

The SIGNAL Tech Careers and Pizza Nights always draw a curious crowd of change-makers looking for their next opportunity.  During Techweek we hosted special guest speaker Tania Armstrong from DATAMetrics who spoke in detail about her role, and her experiences in telecommunications & networking, market intelligence and software application.  

If you missed this, the next Tech Careers & Pizza Nights are June 20 and July 4, at 5.30pm at both SIGNAL Christchurch and Dunedin (please register for catering purposes).

The next SHIFT cohort will fire up on July 23!  Limited places (and partial scholarships) are available to SHIFT into a Tech Career, so contact us for a chat about your tech career options on 0800 99 00 24 or visit

Posted: Thursday June 14, 2018