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Workplace technology roadshow for Gisborne

NEW technology being used in Gisborne businesses will be on display this week as part of an effort to ensure the region can get ahead when it comes to using technology in the workplace.

In association with Activate Tairawhiti, Callaghan Innovation will bring its How to Succeed in a Changing World roadshow to Gisborne on Thursday.

The two-hour workshop is designed to give local businesses insight into important, new and emerging technologies, and how to get ahead by incorporating technology and innovation.

Callaghan Innovation chief executive Vic Crone said technology was changing the world and creating new jobs, businesses and industries.

“This applies in the regions as much as in the cities.

“Increasingly, technologies are converging and creating new possibilities. The challenge for Gisborne businesses is to take advantage of these changes and ride the wave.”

Ms Crone says technological shifts have always had major implications for the manufacturing sector and recent innovations are no different.

To illustrate that, the workshop will showcase the latest in collaborative robotic technology already being trialled in Gisborne.

“We’re committed to helping manufacturers embrace the digital revolution that is changing the face of manufacturing and industry, often referred to as ‘Industry 4.0’ or the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’.

“Collaborative robots — robots that work alongside humans in a shared workspace — are an important part of this revolution, and are poised to disrupt all types and scales of manufacturing.”

A range of technology experts will present at the workshop, covering topics such as technology’s impact on advanced manufacturing, materials and biotechnology, big data, and virtual and augmented reality.

With over 60 already registered, Activate Tairawhiti is thrilled with the response from the local business community.