Council backs proposed technology expo
Council's Corporate Business Committee (CBC) has agreed to contribute $10,000 towards a digital technology expo to be held in Kāpiti in June.
Council will become a gold sponsor for the 3-day event "Showcasing the Art of the Possible”, which will focus on digital connectivity and its benefits for Kāpiti.
The event, to be held in and around Coastlands, is being organised by the Kapiti Digital Leadership Forum, which is seeking further sponsorship from a range of commercial organisations, as well as Grow Wellington and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
The Corporate Business Committee's decision to sponsor the event is conditional on sufficient sponsorship being obtained elsewhere.
A report from Council's Group Manager Strategy and Partnership Stephen McArthur, in support of Council's sponsorship of the event, said the proposed technology expo is well aligned to the new Economic Development Strategy (EDS).
"A key part of the EDS is to build capability within local businesses and the community to use digital tools and keep up to date with the latest technology, including support for the development of a local ICT sector."
Chamber of Commerce Chair Liz Koh told the committee Kāpiti could not afford to be left behind when it came to utilising new technology but instead needed to show leadership.
"It is about raising our awareness and positioning Kāpiti as a place that is embracing new technology. It is about image and branding and showing we are not some sleepy little seaside settlement but up to date when it comes to the digital age. This will be a great example of how stakeholders within the community can work together on Economic Development"
The proposed event over the weekend of 18 to 20 June will be opened by Mayor Ross Church and Minister of Broadcasting, Amy Adams will be attending.
It will feature workshops, demonstrations, clinics and opportunities for one on one training with 'digital ambassadors'.
Local schools and tertiary educations, as well as representatives from creative industries from inside and outside the region will be involved.