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Invent the Future Te Wa Heke Festival embraces innovation - council

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Science, technology and innovation are shaping the world, and changing our lives on a daily basis. New Zealand’s technology and knowledge-based sectors are growing rapidly. In our own community there are innovators, entrepreneurs and science-led businesses working on the next big thing that will change almost every aspect of our lives.

At Hutt City Council we’re doing some great work through our science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing focused initiatives. Now we’re bringing all of this work together under Te Wā Heke - Invent the Future. This name recognises that we need to embrace innovation in many sectors to handle the big trends and technologies that will change the way we do things.

We’re showcasing leading edge technology in the Hutt Valley, and New Zealand, and giving you a preview of what our future city will look like at the inaugural Te Wā Heke Festival which will have something for everyone, and will help make sure we’re all ready for the next big thing.

At Te Wā Heke Festival you’ll have the chance to experience a future world through VR, walk through a tiny house, virtually experience digital clones of marae from around the country, fly a drone, see how an electric vehicle works, taste weird and wacky future foods, play with robots, try out new wearable tech while you complete an obstacle course and much more.

More than 1800 school children from 24 schools in Lower Hutt will be attending Te Wā Heke on Friday 24 May. Some have been involved in a project to create their ideal future city. This has been captured on video and will be on show at the Festival.

Hosted by Hutt City Council and supported by local and international science and technology businesses and organisations Te Wā Heke will excite and inspire.

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Event details: Te Wā Heke Festival on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May at the Lower Hutt Events Centre from 10am to 3pm.

Special opportunities for media to experience first-hand the technologies @ Te Wā Heke, interview exhibitors and Hutt City Council science and technology staff, talk to renowned thought-leaders, and find out about the latest scientific and technological advances in New Zealand and overseas.

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