Christchurch Tech Events

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Tue
17

Christchurch Test Professionals Network: Bounded Awareness in Software Testing

Please Note : The TPN committee will be charging $5 for this meetup to cater for food and drink , so please ensure you have some cash on you.

Bounded awareness, described by Max Bazerman and Dolly Chugh , refers to the well-documented observation that people routinely overlook important information.  

One cause is our tendency to become overly focused. Focus limits awareness, and important information outside the range of focus can be missed. Thus, an airplane pilot attending to status monitors and controls can overlook the presence of another airplane on the runway.  And a Software Tester can overlook obvious problems when restricted by a Test Script.

Join our TPN leadership team member Craig O’Loughlin (Test Consultant and Business Owner) as he explores this phenomena with examples and approaches to prevent this blindness when testing software.

When
October 17 2017 at 4:00am to 7:00am
Tue
17

Functional Programming User Group

Doors open at 5.30pm.
Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St
When
October 17 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue
17

Functional Christchurch: Functional Programming

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
October 17 2017 at 5:00am to 8:00am
Thu
19

Christchurch Ruby Group: Monthly Meetup: The Joy of (Enterprise) Refactoring

Back by popular demand, we are reprising our Joy of Refactoring meetup. This time, however, it's Enterprise Ready™.


Once again we'll have a tiny* Rails app, this time featuring a simple Xero integration. For the first half of the night, we'll pair up and explore some of the ways we can reorganise the code to be more readable, reliable, and ultimately more joyful. During the second half, we'll discuss the results, along with the pros and cons of the various techniques that emerge.

If you're looking for inspiration, I highly recommend this talk examining the purpose of OO software design.

And always remember…

> Any way you want it to be, that's just right.

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* It's actually only ~200 lines across 4 files.

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
October 19 2017 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Tue
24

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
October 24 2017 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wed
25

Christchurch Startups: Bootstrapping Your Business $0-100K - Panel Q & A

Come along for a blast of an evening, as we quickfire all the bootstrapping questions you could ever want answered, at our panel of local bootstrappers.


What is Bootstrapping, you ask?
In business, it’s where entrepreneurs start and grow a company with little capital, usually from personal finances and operating revenues.

The Q & A will be hosted by Alex Procter, of bootstrapped WriteMaps; a visual sitemap builder used by web agencies to plan web projects with their clients.

The bootstrapper panel:

• Rupert Curry, a construction industry success story turned tea merchant, is co-founder of loose-leaf tea brand Noble & Savage, found in all the cool cafe’s you’ve ever been to.

• Kendall Flutey, CEO of Banqer - simulated online banking for classrooms, to help children become creative and confident with money.

• Matt Gorinski, the managing director of self-funded iTrak, which allows companies operating work sites to easily update and show health and safety compliance. 

If you want to submit questions for the panel, please fire them through here, and we’ll sort them all into a logical order so the evening makes sense =) https://goo.gl/forms/NtZATxrUOQ0nIiF22

Join us for pre-drinks from 5:30pm, with formalities starting at 6pm.

We’ll wrap up the evening with free drinks and pizza =)

It's gonna be amazing. Let's do this.

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Where
Vodafone xone, 213/221 Tuam St, Christchurch, Christchurch, nz
When
October 25 2017 at 4:30am to 6:30am
Wed
25

Information Security Interest Group - Christchurch, NZ: Christchurch Hacker Conference (CHCon) - Training

CHCon begins with a full day of professional training. This year there are four courses on offer - three full-day and one half-day. It's not often that dedicated security training is offered in our neck of the woods, so we encourage you, your colleagues and anyone else who you think could benefit from the training to jump on the opportunity.

Available is:

Introduction to Secure Web Coding - run by Gavin Porter of Catalyst IT.
Building Security into your Development Teams - run by Kim Carter of BinaryMist.
Security Testing for Software Testers - run by Nick Malcolm and Sam McLeod of SafeStack.
REV.ENG.E (Reverse Engineering for Education/Entertainment) - run by Karl Barrett of Lateral Security.

More information on each is available at: https://2017.chcon.nz/#training

Where
UCSA Events Centre, 90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch, nz
When
October 25 2017 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu
26

Christchurch Agile Professionals Network: Teams: The Not So Secret Sauce to Make Your Teams Responsive

Teams: The Not So Secret Sauce to Make Your Teams Responsive

In our working lives, nearly everything we do is in teams. Sometimes we sit in two or three teams with our organization. In the Agile world, we hear a lot about the 'cross-functional' team concept and the 'Agile mindset', but often we do little to understand what it means and even less to nurture the skills required within our teams to make them cross-functional or have the right mindset for success. 


This presentation will get into the nitty-gritty of what the characteristics of a great team are, what to look for in individuals to identify whether they'll make great team players, plus some techniques on how to develop your team into a great one. All with a view to understanding how to set your teams on the path of being responsive to end-user needs.

About Joe Kearns

Joe's been involved in software projects for over 20 years, during which he's seen a lot of good and bad practices. He draws on his knowledge of Agile, project management and leadership techniques to take a lead role to deliver successful change to client organizations.

Having worked as a Developer, Project Manager, IT Manager, General Manager, Product Owner and Scrum Master, Joe has a lot of software and business experience across a range of roles.

Where
Allied Telesis Labs, 27 Nazareth Avenue, Christchurch, nz
When
October 26 2017 at 5:30am to 7:00am
Thu
26

CHCH.JS: Hacking for Script-Kiddies

Think your app is too small for a nation-state to target? That's probably true, but in this presentation we'll take a look at some freely available automated tools that can be used by a bored kid with an internet connection and the ability to Google.

The talk will demonstrate the potential impact a low-skilled attacker can have if your app is vulnerable to a number of common flaws, as well as briefly discussing remediations for the issues.

All tools are freely available and download links will be provided, so you can use them to test YOUR OWN applications after the presentation.

Come down for a beer and a chat, and you can enter the draw for a 1-year Frontend Masters subscription.

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
October 26 2017 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Thu
26

Information Security Interest Group - Christchurch, NZ: Christchurch Hacker Conference (CHCon) - Main Event

Ticket and merchandise sales are now available through our website: https://chcon.nz

Also announced is an amazing THREE day lineup of speakers and trainers. It's not often that high-end, security focused training is available in Christchurch - so be sure to jump on the opportunity.

Training is to be held on Thursday the 26th October, and the conference on the 27th and 28th. All events will be at the UCSA Events Centre, 90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch with one of the organisers of this group or see if it's answered in the FAQ on our site: https://2017.chcon.nz#resources

Where
UCSA Events Centre, 90 Ilam Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch, nz
When
October 26 2017 at 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Mon
30

Christchurch Azure Evening Meetup: AI, Vision, Speech and Bots

This month we have James Carpinter, Microsoft Regional Director and CTO of Zarmada down from Auckland to talk about Bots and Cognitive Services.

Get a crash course on all of the developer frameworks, APIs, and tools that Microsoft has released in the AI space. Dive in from the ground up and learn how you can plug into Microsoft Cognitive Services RESTful APIs to access the latest and greatest intelligence and integrate it into your apps and solutions.

With a focus on speech and vision learn how you can build better customer experiences with intelligent bots using Microsoft Bot Framework, including how to make Cortana smarter through your own Cortana Skills.

Where
Greenhouse, 146a Lichfield street, Christchurch, nz
When
October 30 2017 at 4:45am to 6:30am
Tue
31

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
October 31 2017 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wed
01

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
November 1 2017 at 7:30pm to November 2 2017 at 12:00am
Tue
07

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
November 7 2017 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tue
07

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
November 7 2017 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Tue
07

New Zealand Python User Group - Christchurch: Christchurch Python Meetup

Note that as of March 2017, the meeting day has changed!

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

We usually have a talk about anything that relates to Python programming language. Some months we run team coding challenges (aka "dojos"). These will be announced beforehand.

If you have a question about Python on or are stuck with some Python project, feel free to bring it up at the meetup. There will be people around who will be happy to help.

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

At the start and end of the meetup, an informal conversation takes place, usually over a pint of beer.

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

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
November 7 2017 at 4:30am to 7:30am
Tue
14

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
November 14 2017 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm