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Mark Pesce

Once you go Mac, you never go back—or so the saying goes. Apple users even have their own dating site restricted to fellow fanboys and girls. And now, CreativeTech, a forum devoted to all things Apple, is heading to Auckland next month. The first of its kind in Australasia (sponsored by Idealog) it’s designed to cater to all levels, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong devotee.

CreativeTech’s Mark Webster says presentations will cover practical how-tos on everything from design, music, photography and business administration to advanced developing and insights into tomorrow’s technologies. “From mum and dad home users wanting Mac tips, to the musicians and filmmakers of tomorrow, there’s something for everyone, from practical to creative to visionary.” Guests include keynote speaker, futurist and former Apple employee Mark Pesce (pictured) and MacTheMag (and former Australian Macworld) editor Matthew JC Powell, along with presenters from Adobe, Microsoft and FileMaker. With a range of sessions scheduled over September 10 and 11, it’s easy to pick and choose your own itinerary online. Attendees can also check out (and more importantly, buy) the very latest gadgets and software in the ‘Trade Space’.

Prices start at $120 for a one-day pass, but thanks to CreativeTech, we’ve got a brilliant prize pack worth $509 to give away. As well as a single-day ticket, it includes Filemaker Bento, a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and a half-day training session at Renaissance. To enter, send us an email by August 20 explaining which speaker you’d most like to see.