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Techvana, The New Zealand Computer Museum

  • Techvana Expansion, Move and Naming Sponsorship change

      4 May 2016
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    Techvana is entering its next phase of growth that will allow it to cater for bigger events and more exhibition space. It is also leaving its Federal Street premises, the timing of which has been triggered by the conclusion of the Ntec naming sponsorship.

    "Ntec has been the best Naming Sponsor we could have hoped for in our first year of operation and we are proud of our achievements at Ntec. Their sponsorship has helped us build a strong foundation for the future," said Techvana CEO Mark Barlow. "Ntec will always remain part of the Techvana family and we look forward to working with them in the future."

    The year-long sponsorship included naming rights and the museum’s use of an entire floor in Ntec’s central Auckland campus.

    "Both Techvana and Ntec are growing rapidly, and it was not feasible for us to continue the relationship for a further year." said Mark.

    "We have been pleased to have Techvana on site for a year" says Dr. Sam Malafeh, CEO of Ntec Tertiary Group. "I understand the pressures of growth and unfortunately we couldn't offer Techvana more space to grow into, as our own growth is also skyrocketing. We look forward to continue our working relationship with Techvana," said Dr Malafeh.

    "Our plan is to relocate Techvana into larger premises that will enable us to expand the Museum's range of activities and provide more space for our education programmes and workshops." said Mark. "We are speaking with private landlords, the Auckland City Council, Motat, schools and even shopping malls about options." he adds.

    "Our gaming events have been very successful this year and as a result we are keen to find a venue that can accommodate a permanent eSports venue with weekly sponsored competitions and regular leagues." said Mark. "We would also like to expand our activities with robots and drones in the coming year."

    Techvana is also developing mobile classroom's to take their collection and education programmes directly to schools.

    "We have had a number of schools visit in the last 6 months, but the cost of busing students a class at a time into the city restricts the number of students who can come, so we are looking to take an interactive Techvana experience directly to them instead" said Mark. "They will be designed around a modified 40' shipping container that will be moved to a different school each week of the school year."

    "We are planning to launch with two in Auckland and then add additional ones for the other regions as well."

    Techvana has also been busy collecting historical IT artefacts from all over New Zealand. "Recently we received several incredible donations including the 1st computer used in the meat industry globally, a DEC PDP11. This was recovered from a farm shed in the Hawkes Bay where it has been sitting for 20 years since the closure of the Tomoana Meat Works."

    "Our rapidly growing collection is world class and has examples from every era of computing including parts used in the Colossus code breaking computer that helped bring WW2 to a close, and now Techvana is bursting out at the seams" said Mark.

    "To take Techvana to the next level we need more funding, space and a new naming sponsor to help us." adds Mark.


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  • A video review of 2015 @ Techvana

      23 February 2016

    Check out some of our achievements during 2015...

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  • January 2016 Update

      21 January 2016
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    We are just about to celebrate our first year in our home on the Ntec Campus in Federal Street, Auckland. It’s been a busy year with plenty of challenges, such as renovations and a leaking roof, that after 10 months of repairs, still leaks in 4 places!

    The core team has grown to 6 and while they are only paid for a fraction of the hours they work their commitment has progressed the project substantially. We also have a diverse group of volunteers who give many hours assisting the core team.

    Techvana Charitable Trust has received numerous donations of vintage technology and we have an ongoing project to catalog, repair and restore these. One of the latest donations is a DEC PDP11 that was the first computer used in the meat industry globally. This has been rescued from a farm shed in the Hawkes Bay where it has been sitting since the closure of the Tomoana Meat Works. The story about how it got to be there is astounding and will be built into an interactive exhibit over the next few months.

    Our workshop manager Dinith, who undertakes a lot of the electronic repairs is a great asset and we are endeavoring to pay him a full time salary as soon as possible so we can retain his services. As part of this we are seeking a Workshop sponsor to assist in this area.

    Our education programs are also progressing and in December we had our first School Visit with a class from Murrays Bay Intermediate. It was a great success and we received a glowing review from the teacher, students and parents afterward.

    We have also held 5 education workshops on a variety of subjects so far and are working to expand these to weekly events in 2016.

    During 2015 we also hosted 6 IT Industry events and these will also be increasing in 2016. If you are looking for a uniquely themed space for an event, please contact us via the website.

    Currently we are only open to public visits by appointment only but from February 6th we will be open to the public on weekends from midday till 5pm. Please check our website for the latest updates.

    Your donations via Give-A-Little help support these activities and are vital for their continuation.

    We can now also accept donations via our Bitcoin wallet… 1Djf55SUMPn7zjotPrsCKivHRdxRFqGBFL

    There are also several other ways to support Techvana…

    - Donate heritage technology…

    - Volunteer your time…

    - Sponsor us…

    - Grab a deal at the Techvana Technology Store powered by Acquire where every sale helps support us…

    - Like us on Facebook and join our communities and social media…

    Please visit our website to get more information and join our mailing list.

    Thanks for your support!

    The Techvana Team :-)

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  • Techvana will be exhibiting at Digital Nationz, Vector Arena Sept 27-28

      21 July 2014

    Techvana along with several of our supporting collectors will again be exhibiting at Digital Nationz this September 27th & 28th @ Vector Arena. The Expanded History of Gaming and Technology Interactive Experience will be twice as large as last years exhibit.

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