The Digital Nationz electronics show is coming back for a second year, this time teaming with the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show scheduled originally to launched next year by The Event Company, which is behind the CRC Speedshow.
The combined show will be held in Auckland in late September, with game previews, a bigger version of last year's history of gaming exhibition and lifestyle tech. It will also run workshops about assembling a robot, making a basic game, putting a PC together and taking tech apart to see how it works; and will have have a range of speakers.
Last year Digital Nationz drew a 7000-strong crowd and was the first chance for Kiwis to try the then-newly released Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Ross Prevette, managing director of The Event Company says the idea for the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show came from seeing the popularity of The Gadget Show Live in the UK and the new products launched at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the US.
“We wanted to create a similar show for New Zealanders, add a local flavour to a world-class lineup of the latest digital lifestyle products and technology, from computers, audio/visual and gaming through to software, telecommunications , electronics, home appliances, automotive technology and lifestyle solutions."
As well as new games and the history of gaming museum, Digital Nationz will feature game developers as speakers and local indie game developers demonstrating their prototypes.
There will also be an e-sport and LAN event; a science section with workshops, a stage show and a kids' science fair; and a 'time out' home entertainment, augmented reality, smart home and lifestyle area.
The show will also hone in on lifehacks, strange gadgets, space tech and artificial intelligence. Digital Nationz was founded by Kiwi gamer Peter Hall.
Last year controversial Mega founder and now Internet Mana party co-leader Kim Dotcom used the event as a stage to game against attendees.