Story image

New Plymouth UFB expo offering free workshops for all

11 Feb 2016

New Plymouth's budding young game designers can get free tuition at a two-day Beyond Broadband expo running next week, with free workshops also available for educators, parents, businesses and consumers. 

The expo is being run by local fibre company Ultrafast Fibre, and includes a range of workshops designed to highlight ways UFB can be harnessed for business, educational and personal benefits.

Ultrafast Fibre says the Create Your Own Game workshop for primary and intermediate students aged eight to 14 years is just one example of how ultrafast fibre can enable new opportunities for New Plymouth residents.

Students will receive two hours of free tuition and hands on experience in basic coding and game development in the workshop, the first of a series of free workshops being held throughout the expo.

The Create Your Own Game workshop will be lead by game creator, Gamefroot, which has online game creation software for elearning.

Other workshops will include The Age of e-learning, where parents of school children, and education professionals can hear how to capitalise on the benefits offered by UFB – and what career options will evolve for students and what should be considered to enable strong career prospects for today’s students.

William Hamilton, Ultrafast Fibre chief executive, says “We want to encourage everyone across [New Plymouth] to understand the benefits of being connected to the fibre network.

“The Beyond Broadband Expo will show the New Plymouth community first hand just how UFB can transform the way they communicate, work and play online.”

Hamilton says the expo will include ‘something for everyone’, from the computer novice wanting to easily connect with family overseas, to the tech wiz wanting to experience everything that a world-class broadband connection has to offer.

Click here for more information about the expo, which will be held at TSB Showplace on Friday 19 February and Saturday 20 February.

Slack doubles down on enterprise key management
EKM adds an extra layer of protection so customers can share conversations, files, and data while still meeting their own risk mitigation requirements.
NVIDIA introduces a new breed of high-performance workstations
“Data science is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science and impacts every industry."
Apple says its new iMacs are "pretty freaking powerful"
The company has chosen the tagline “Pretty. Freaking powerful” as the tagline – and it’s not too hard to see why.
NZ ISPs issue open letter to social media giants to discuss censorship
Content sharing platforms have a duty of care to proactively monitor for harmful content, act expeditiously to remove content which is flagged to them as illegal.
Partnership brings AI maths tutor to NZ schools
“AMY can understand why students make a mistake, and then teach them what they need straight away so they don't get stuck."
Polycom & Plantronics rebrand to Poly, a new UC powerhouse
The name change comes after last year’s Plantronics acquisition of Polycom, a deal that was worth US $2 billion.
Unencrypted Gearbest database leaves over 1.5mil shoppers’ records exposed
Depending on the countries and information requirements, the data could give hackers access to online government portals, banking apps, and health insurance records.
Mozilla launches Firefox Send, an encrypted file transfer service
Mozille Firefox has launched a free encrypted file transfer service that allows people to securely share files from any web browser – not just Firefox.