The New Zealand Computer Society's Otago branch is hoping to attract a few new faces to its ranks while at the same time spreading the word about technology.
Newly appointed chair David Scoular hopes to establish links with other societies around the region. The branch will take a two-pronged approach towards working with other special interest groups beyond the IT sphere.
"Firstly we're doing it for the altruistic idea of doing good for a greater number of people."
Scoular says as IT becomes more mainstream business leaders and even members of the general public are faced with having to develop a greater understanding of IT issues.
"At the moment, for instance, take the issue of Linux and open source versus Microsoft. People who are not even slightly technical are having to make decisions on this kind of subject."
The other side of the approach is to help generate more interest in the NZCS itself.
"Here in Otago I don't know the exact numbers but I would say we get 25 to 30 regulars and it would be good for our viability if we could get more interest. We haven't got agreement with any other organisation as such but if the Society of Accountants or people of that sort were also circulating details of sessions we are going to run, then there's an obvious advantage to both parties."
Scoular is involved in informal talks with a number of other professional organisations about this and hopes to see the fruits of his labour in coming meetings.