Expert from space inspires locals to play a part

Looking for local input, Tim Uckun, Director of Data and Analytics from Centre for Space Science Technology.

How might we ‘grow plenty’ of ideas and entrepreneurs which ‘do good for the world’?

By inviting all kinds of people together to generate ideas to solve major challenges, like feeding and watering people sustainably, now and in the future.

That’s what GrowPlenty – Puna Tonuitanga workshops, part of Techweek Tauranga, are all about. There are four to choose from 1-4pm with afternoon tea, and 5-8pm with supper on May 21 and 22.

“Everyone has something to contribute” says Tim Uckun, director of data and analytics for the Centre for Space Science Technology, who will be demonstrating how we might use data from space to save and use water, our land and more.

You don’t have to be techy to attend and all ages (15-plus) are welcome. If you care about what the future will be like, what technology will be in use and how you will work, influence and play a part in it, this workshop is for you.

Technologists and entrepreneurs you’ll hear from alongside Tim include; Alvaro Jimenez (Internet-of-things/AI) from Sensum Technologies, Tim Lowe (Bees, buds and trees), from Zespri, Jeremy Levy (Energy/how we make and share it) from Trustpower, Dugald Hamilton (Fungi and earth care) from Respond and Steve Saunders/Alistair Scarfe – RoboticsPlus and Natashia Lucas (Co-op distribution) from FareShare.

GrowPlenty – Puna Tonuitanga is one of 15 Techweek Tauranga workshops everyone can be part of. To sign-up, visit:

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