Christchurch Tech Events

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Wed
31

Christchurch Startups: Anya Anderson - The Story Of RedSeed

For this meetup we're at a brand new location! See you at Vodafone xone! (On Google Maps it looks like a pile of rocks.. but don't worry, there is actually a super-impressive building there now! Come and check it out!)

This time we’ll be hearing from Anya Anderson, CEO of RedSeed.


Since 2007, RedSeed have been training thousands of retailers with elegant, video-based learning, driving up the quality of customer service. 

Serving household names such as the Hallenstein Glassons Group, The Warehouse, and Foodstuffs, RedSeed have graduated from their loft over Anya’s garage (post-earthquake) and are now a core tenant in EPIC.

After being a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 NZ Hi Tech Awards, RedSeed secured investment funding from the Punakaiki Fund, and are continuing their push into Australia and the US.

Bring your questions, your chat, and your appetite!


Pre-drinks from 5:30pm, with (in)formalities starting at 6pm.

We'll wrap up with pizza, drinks, and if we're nice the Vodafone lads might even give us a sneaky tour around the place!

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Where
Vodafone xone, 213/221 Tuam St, Christchurch, Christchurch, nz
When
August 31 2016 at 5:30am to 7:30am
Wed
31

Information Security Interest Group - Christchurch, NZ: Unconference

We'd love to hear what you have to say. If you want to, please come with a 8-12 minute conversation starter, share your experience, idea, thoughts on a subject then guide the conversation with the group. You don't have to be an expert, just share an idea and start a conversation.

We'll have a board (of sorts) where you can post your idea upon arrival, and everyone will be able to vote on what they want to hear about. The ideas with the most votes will then be presented and discussed.

Where
The Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Road, Christchurch, nz
When
August 31 2016 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Thu
01

New Zealand Python User Group - Christchurch: Christchurch Python Meetup

So this month's meetup is a "Show and Tell"... so bring your projects that you want to talk about ... if you are wanting to start a project bring your ideas ... nothing gets a group of geeks more giddy than the chance to talk about design!!!


Our meetups are always first Thursday of a month at the Catalyst IT office above Pomeroys Pub.

Every meetup we have one of us presenting a talk about anything that relates to Python programming language.

Doors open at 5:30pm, talk starts at 6pm.

Before and after the talk, an informal conversation, usually over a pint of beer, takes place.

Do not hesitate to pass this information around to whomever you think may be interested to hear and discuss all things Python.

I'll see you on Thursday!

Yours,

Marek Kuziel

PS: NZPUG's Code of Conduct applies for our local meetups and the online meetup.com group. Please read it up in case you haven't yet https://nzpug.org/code-of-conduct/

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 1 2016 at 5:30am to 8:30am
Tue
06

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
September 6 2016 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tue
06

Canterbury Software Cluster Event

At Canterbury Software one of our activities is to hold a monthly evening event where industry experts and speakers come along and share their knowledge of particular topics. Drinks and nibbles are provided - these meetings provide excellent networking opportunities. The event is free for members, $20 on the door for non-members. Register at [http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/canterbury-software-cluster-3708115373](http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/canterbury-software-cluster-3708115373)
Where
EPIC, Christchurch
When
September 6 2016 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Wed
07

CHCH.JS: React - An introduction (part 2)

Managing application state with Redux

As the requirements for JavaScript single-page applications have become increasingly complicated, our code must manage more state than ever before. Often this is done in a very haphazard way. 

Facebook introduced a pattern called Flux, inspired by CQRS and Event Sourcing, which lead to further innovations by the community, and culminated in Dan Abromov creating Redux. 

Redux is a predictable state container that allows you to easily reason about and test the changes throughout your application state. It is not tied to React and is based on three core principals which I will cover in my talk. It also allows a very productive developer workflow with hot-reloading and time-travelling debugging. 

Even if you don't use React, learning about Redux may encourage you to architect and think about your applications in a different way.

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 7 2016 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Wed
07

Christchurch Amateur Radio Club

Monthly meeting is where radio enthusiasts get together to share ideas and meet with fellow hams. Amateur Radio offers something for everybody, talking to the world or your mate down the road, even helping in an emergency. Using any communications means available this includes radio, satellite, smart phones and computers, all from the comfort of your home, your car, or walking the dog via a handheld radio. We offer advanced radio training where you get a world recognised qualification (An Amateur radio licence). Once you have this you can become a part of our Amateur Radio Emergency Communications team. This will have you out on a jetboat, or in a prime spot for rally car action. You may even help save a life working with the Police Search And Rescue teams in the communications area. If this sounds like you come along and meet us. [http://www.chchhamradio.org.nz/](http://www.chchhamradio.org.nz/)
Where
5 Idris Rd, Fendalton, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
When
September 7 2016 at 7:30pm to September 8 2016 at 12:00am
Thu
08

The Valley in Christchurch: Monthly Dinner

The best thing about Silicon Valley is the people and the casual conversations that lead to bigger things. These often happen in restaurants. Christchurch (New Zealand) has restaurants and techy people, so why not bring the two together?

Food, conversation, and a convivial atmosphere. Anyone interested welcome!

Where
China Kitchen, 17B Main North Road, Papanui , Christchurch, nz
When
September 8 2016 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Thu
08

SilverStripe Christchurch Meetup: Silverstripe Christchurch meetup - September

Details TBC.

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 8 2016 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Tue
13

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
September 13 2016 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thu
15

Atlassian User Group, Christchurch: Atlassian's Head of Security Craig Davis "Security in an innovation Culture"

Although we will not have a formal meeting this month, we welcome you to attend the Canterbury Tech Summit http://techsummit.nz/ and hear the security talk by Craig Davies, who leads the security program supporting all aspects of Atlassian’s business from Product Security, to Cloud operations and the protection of Atlassian itself. His talk is at 5:35PM in the Technical stream, held in the Morrison room at the Airforce Museum.

To attend, you will need to register for the Tech Summit itself. Its well worth it. The event will sell out and there are still tickets available as of this posting.

Craig Davies, Head of Security for Atlassian, will outline how security thrives in his organisation, a culture that is driven by innovation. There’ll be details on the lessons learnt, challenges along the way, and how any security team can become an innovation centre. Security professionals have an opportunity to lead in this space, through developing innovative techniques and methods to grow business. Craig talks about how he uses Threat Models, Intel and their Agile approach to get code shipped and manage the threats.

Where
Wigram Airforce Museum, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch, nz
When
September 15 2016 at 5:30am to 8:30am
Thu
15

Christchurch Ruby Group: Monthly Meetup

TBA. We'll update these details closer to the time. :)

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 15 2016 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Mon
19

Robotics Group

Location and times will be announced soon.
Where
Location TBA
When
September 19 2016 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue
20

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
September 20 2016 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tue
20

Functional Programming User Group

Doors open at 5.30pm.
Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St
When
September 20 2016 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue
20

Functional Christchurch: Lets talk - Topic TBC

"Let's talk" nights are where we pick a theme and bring what we know about it to the table. We normally have many tangents, but this is good and only happens because we're interested in the change in topic.

Last time we were going over how we have been starting new projects, but at points touched on:


• Weak references in Javascript


• Lodash


• FRP with Reflex

Our default theme is Haskell for "lets talk". Please suggest ideas for a theme in the comments.

Bring your laptops and adapters. You're welcome to share what you've been working on.

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 20 2016 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Thu
22

Christchurch Agile Professionals Network: Project Phi-MVP Integration and testing-The collaborative power of the OSINTOT

Project Phi
MVP Integration and testing
The collaborative power of the OSINTOT

More Detail to follow.

When
September 22 2016 at 5:30am to 8:30am
Thu
22

CHCH.JS: Something Exciting!

Look forward to it!

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 22 2016 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Mon
26

WikiHouse NZ open community: WikiHouse NZ Breakfast

Keen to find out more about the WikiHouse project? Come join our early morning WikiHouse discussion, sharing, brainstorming over coffee and breakfast at C1 and be part of the action.

Where
C1 Espresso, 150 High Street, Christchurch, nz
When
September 26 2016 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Tue
27

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
September 27 2016 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wed
28

OWASP New Zealand Chapter - Christchurch: Applying Cold War Learnings to our Daily OPSEC

At this MeetUp, Chris Campbell - a big fan of cold war history and spy tactics - will dive deep into an application he developed to take care of a small but important task: sharing secrets.

A dead drop is a method of exchanging secrets between two agents, whereby the secret is stored in a safe, predetermined location for collection, thus meaning that the two agents never have to meet and are able to maintain operational security. Where there is concern that a drop may be compromised, an additional key to decrypt the secret may be transferred using a different channel. This method was incredibly popular and effective during the cold war, and served as the inspiration for Chris' application "DeadDrop". In fact, the inspiration for DeadDrop goes beyond the time of the cold war and into the present, realising that there is a decreasing level of trust in service providers - so also offers a "host proof" mode of operation and is open-sourced. Gone are the days of transferring secrets (e.g. credentials) in plaintext emails and texts.

This session will look into a few aspects of DeadDrop:

• A short history lesson: the inspiration for DeadDrop

• The importance of OPSEC in our daily lives

• The theory behind effective secret sharing

• Cryptography 101.

• .NET and JS cryptographic considerations

• Code breaking 101.Chris • Wed, 8:11 PM

DeadDrop Source Code: (https://bitbucket.org/t0x0/deaddrop)

Chris's Blog Post: (https://bytefog.blogspot.co.nz/2015/09/burn-after-reading.html)

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 28 2016 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Wed
28

Information Security Interest Group - Christchurch, NZ: Applying Cold War Learnings to our Daily OPSEC

This month we're taking a break to support the local OWASP chapter. Details of the meeting are on their page:

https://www.meetup.com/OWASP-New-Zealand-Chapter-Christchurch/events/232611291/

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
September 28 2016 at 6:00am to 9:00am