Techweek 2021: everyday tech events for everyday people

Running from May 22-30, Techweek is a nationwide series of events, showcasing New Zealand innovation. It’s not just for tech savvy people or those working in the industry the either – the festival includes events for people of all interest and abilities.

Here’s a list of FREE Techweek events around the country that have been designed specifically to help people use day-to-day digital technology.

Introduction to using Smartphones
Greymouth
: Grey District Library, West Coast Room, 18 Albert Street
Saturday 22 May 10AM – 12PM
Westport: Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library, 87-89 Palmerston Street
Tuesday 25 May 10.30AM – 12PM

Covering smartphone basics like how to send and read text messages, accessing email, downloading apps, using your camera and connecting to Wi-Fi and mobile data. FREE but registration required – click here for Greymouth and click here for Westport.

How to do internet banking
Invercargill
: WEA Building at 100 Esk St
Monday 24 May 10AM – 12PM

Come along and learn how to do internet banking safely and confidently using a dummy bank account. FREE and no registration required – more information here.

Guide to Social Media and TV on Demand
Gisborne
: Regional Digital Hub, 502 Wainui Road, Kaiti
Monday 24 May 12PM – 1PM

Starting with the basics about accessing and watching TV on-demand, through to the possibilities and pitfalls of engaging in online conversations. FREE but registration required – click here.

Library Online
Whanganui
: Whanganui District Library,1 Pukenamu Drive
Monday 24 May 3.30PM – 4.30PM; Tuesday 25 May 3.30PM – 4.30PM; Wednesday 26 May 3.30PM – 4.30PM; Thursday 27 May 3.30PM – 4.30PM

Learn how to get free access to books, movies, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers through our library apps at Whanganui District Library. FREE and no registration required – more information here.

Kanorau Digital: Grow your Online Confidence

Gisborne: Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 630 Childers Road, Elgin
Tokoroa: Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 71 Ashworth Street
Whakatane: Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 6/8 Te Tahi Street, Whakatane
Tuesday 25 May 9AM – 3PM

Hamilton: Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Taniwha Den, 254 Ohaupo Road, Glenview
Wednesday 26 May 9AM – 3PM

Learn how to use digital devices and gain the confidence to use the internet to be connected to the world. Either bring your own device, or you can learn on one of our class Chromebooks. FREE but registration required – click here.

Senior Tech
New Plymouth
: St James Presbyterian Church, Auditorium, 24 Lawry Street, Blagdon
Tuesday 25 May 10.30AM – 12PM

An informative and interactive session for the older community with topics ranging from online banking, online safety, getting more out of your smartphone, digital literacy and tools. FREE and no registration required – more information here.

SeniorTech: Open Day
Dunedin
: Age Concern Otago, Octagon Clubrooms, 9 The Octagon, The Exchange
Wednesday 26 May 10AM – 3.00PM

Offering seniors the opportunity to learn about digital literacy, tech tools, online banking and safety. Drop-in anytime between 10am-3pm, find out how to use technology to your advantage and be better-connected! FREE and no registration required – more information here.

Using technology to protect your property
Invercargill
: WEA Building at 100 Esk St
Wednesday 26 May 10AM – 12PM

Learn to protect your home with technologies such as sensor lights, burglar alarms, CCTV cameras and apps that allow you to see what is happening in and around your home by looking at live images on your phone. FREE and no registration required – more information here.

SeniorTech: Online Safety
Dunedin
: Age Concern Otago, Octagon Clubrooms, 9 The Octagon, The Exchange
Wednesday 26 May 10.30AM – 11.30AM; 1.30PM – 2.30PM

A fun and informative session for seniors who use computers, tablets, ipads or mobile devices, with tips on how to stay safe online. FREE but registration required – click here.

How to use technology to automate your home
Invercargill
: WEA Building at 100 Esk St
Friday 28 May 10AM – 12PM

Learn how to use Amazon Alexa to automate your home, protect yourself, and assist you in your daily life: set reminders, answer questions, turn lights on and off, tune into radios, play music and protect your house. FREE and no registration required – more information here.

To find more about Techweek 2021 and to see a full programme, head to their website: https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/

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