Ultrafast Fibre is helping Kiwi children learn to create their own online games, as part of an event to showcase the next generation of Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) in action.
The local fibre company is holding a three day ‘Beyond Broadband’ expo at UCOL Whanganui, from May 14-16.
"UFB provides much greater speed and reliability, making communicating and sharing information so much easier," says William Hamilton, CEO, Ultrafast Fibre.
"The ‘Beyond Broadband’ expo is designed show people first hand just how UFB will enhance and in some ways completely change the way they communicate, work and play online."
Hamilton says a series of free workshops will be run throughout the expo, including one led by game creator Gamefroot where students will learn how to build their own online games.
"UFB is quick and it’s letting children use our game creating tool the way it’s supposed to be used," adds Dan Milward, Director, Gamefroot.
"With Gamefroot children can learn about physics, maths, game design and how to programme – and it’s condensed into one nice tight package."
Wanganui District Council’s Digital Facilitator, Marianne Archibald, says that teaching children to programme will drive digital leadership in the future.
"It’s as important as hand writing used to be – it’s not just a skill for the future, it’s a skill for now," she adds. We believe Gamefroot provides a really exciting platform for people to learn new skills."
Other workshops include a range of topics, such as videoconferencing, digital careers and ‘demystifying’ the UFB connection process with Minister for Communications, Hon Amy Adams, also expected to visit the expo on May 15.
Also, a variety of technology companies and broadband retail service providers will be exhibiting at the ‘Beyond Broadband’ event.