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Auckland leverages ambassador programme to land APAC conference

Leading technical conference, TENCON, set to take place in New Zealand for the first time.

International technical conference, TENCON, organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is set to take place in New Zealand for the time in December 2021.

The bid for IEEE TENCON 2021 conference was won by Nirmal Nair, associate professor of electrical, computer, and software engineering at the University of Auckland.

Nair is a member of the Auckland Convention Bureau’s ambassador programme, Auckland Advocate Alliance, and IEEE TENCON 2021 is the third international conference he has won for Auckland in the past five years.

Anna Hayward, head of Auckland Convention Bureau — which is part of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) — said: “Auckland Convention Bureau is proud to be connected with such a dedicated advocate in Nirmal Nair, and to have assisted him in winning this bid.”

Another member of the Auckland Advocate Alliance, Delwyn Moller, former Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer for NASA, and University of Auckland adjunct professor, will organise a themed workshop at the conference based on remote sensing/space technologies.

The conference is expected to attract more than 600 delegates and generate more than NZ$1 million (approx. US$650,000) for Auckland’s economy.

Themes of low-carbon energy future, future of space technologies, smart cities, and the future of work in the world of AI/automation are hot topics for the event. There will also be dedicated sessions for students, young professionals and women in engineering, as well as industry forums and innovation meetups regarding the future direction of the IEEE Asia Pacific Association.

Tourism New Zealand’s global manager, business events, Lisa Gardiner, said the timing couldn’t be better to host this conference in New Zealand.

“Having Aotearoa host a conference focusing on global hot topics like innovation for a low carbon future, technology and AI is fantastic. The knowledge sharing that will occur between local and global experts at this event has the potential to help positively shape New Zealand’s future.”

Image of aerial view of Westhaven Marina and central Auckland courtesy of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)