DIGITAL NATIONZ returns for a second year, with a new format as it joins forces with the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show.
DIGITAL NATIONZ is not only returning for another year but has joined forces with the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show, a new digital lifestyle expo, which was originally due to launch in 2015 and has been modelled on Las Vegas’s Consumer Electronics (CES) show. DIGITAL NATIONZ (DNZ) was launched in September last year as New Zealand’s first digital entertainment expo, influenced by America’s iconic E3 expo. The combined GGTS + DNZ show will be held at Auckland’s Vector Arena on the 27th and 28th of September 2014.
The joint show will bring together the thrilling previews of games, prototypes and an even bigger version of the incredibly popular ‘history of gaming’ museum from last year’s DNZ while adding never-before-seen lifestyle technology, helpful gadgets and creative, fun gizmos which are the cornerstones of the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show.
Just like its international counterparts the show is full of vibrant and interactive elements with everything from fun, innovation-driven workshops through to visionary speakers enlightening and dazzling you with the endless possibilities of tomorrow’s technology.
DNZ was founded in response to there being no major electronic/digital expo in New Zealand. DNZ launched to an outstandingly positive response with close to 7000 attendees playing previews of games, joining the innovative workshops and listening to speaker sessions, over the two days packed with digital fun.
“I couldn’t be happier being able to announce this new joint show format which joins DNZ together with the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show, and to give Kiwis the opportunity to take part in the kind of game and tech show they deserve,” says Peter Hall, founder of DNZ and event manager for the combined GGTS + DNZ show. We always wanted our show to be as much the attendees’ show as it is ours, we’ve listened to the feedback and will deliver more of the stuff you loved while making improvements and changes in areas that need to be even better.
“I don’t think you could ask for a better match of content with this joint announcement. Anyone even remotely interested in technology, gadgets and gizmos will have a blast, and if they are like me and love these kind of things, it’s guaranteed to be the highlight of the year.”
Ross Prevette, managing director of The Event Company Ltd which developed the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show concept, says: “The idea for the Gizmos, Gadgets Technology Show came from seeing the phenomenal popularity of The Gadget Show Live in the United Kingdom and the array of new products which are launched at the International Consumer Electronics Show in the United States.
“We wanted to create a similar show for New Zealanders, add a local flavour to a truly world-class line-up 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 for Kiwis of all ages.
“By joining forces with DIGITAL NATIONZ, the combined show will feature an incredible array of entertaining, enlightening and innovative technology in all shapes and forms.”
LAUNCH TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW3zy_NQ7qA
– The show will run over 2 days, 27-28th of September 2014.
– Tickets go on sale August 13th 2014, as with last year, VIP tickets are expected to be sold out within the week.
– DNZ attracted 7000 attendees in 2013.
– DNZ 2013 was the first place Kiwis got to try the new Xbox One and PlayStation4.
– DNZ was founded by Peter Hall, who’s been an avid gamer and gadget guy since he fired up his Commodore 64 for the first time at the age of 6.
– GGTS was founded by Ross Prevette who previously owned a leading AV business and who is an avid gizmo and gadget enthusiast.
What to experience at the show?
Gaming – 2014 is the year of the ‘next gen game’, experience hands-on experience and demos of upcoming games before they are released.
History of Gaming Museum – Its back, The Expanded History of Gaming and Technology Interactive Experience. This year it is almost twice the size and adding even more tech and gaming nostalgia!
LG DIGITALKZ – Presented by LG, international and local top level game developer speakers.
Homegrown – Local indie game developers demonstrating their prototypes and demos.
LAN – New Zealand’s only Pro-Championship E-Sport and LAN event.
Weird Science – A science sensation including “How does it work?” and “Assemble It” workshops, The Kiwi Kids Science Fair, “Superman Science” stage show, Ask Us Anything Forum: Science Edition.
Time Out – The Kiwi family of the future will whizz through life with the aid of cutting-edge technology, with Home entertainment, virtual reality, augmented reality, home audio-visual, smart home technologies, lifestyle technologies for snow, sea, land and air adventures.
Lifehacks – Need to find the best way through rush hour traffic? Want to be greener without building your home from scratch? Keen to learn how to get fitter, smarter and improve your quantifiable self? Car automation / intelligence – Health technology – Green technology – Social technology.
Wild, Wacky Wonderful – Not every gizmo or gadget is made for the purpose of saving mankind. Some might just want to help you scratch your back, store a banana or help you tie your shoelaces. Wacky whiteware — fun and functional appliances for your home, Wonderful gadgets helping you solve problems that you didn’t even know you had Workshops, speakers and more
Out of this World – Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the bold, ingenious and visionary people who are going to put New Zealand on the map through their ideas, prototypes and products. Space technology, Futuristic vehicle concepts, artificial intelligence and more!
Who is behind the show?
In February 2014, The Event Company Ltd — the team behind the highly-successful annual automotive and motorsport expo, CRC Speedshow — announced their development of a new digital lifestyle expo called the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show (GGTS). The goal is to bring a CES-styled show to the people of New Zealand, packed to the rafters with cool gadgets, can’t-live-without gizmos, and social, health, green, smart home and personal technology.
The founder of GGTS, Ross Prevette and DNZ’s Peter Hall started discussions shortly after the GGTS announcement. Fueled by their common passion for technology, gadgets and digital entertainment, they worked to find a format that would allow Kiwis to enjoy a lifestyle technology, entertainment and video game show on a scale that they’d never seen before.
The Event Company Ltd, Vector Arena and TINT Group Ltd are the organisations joining forces to deliver this year’s Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show + DIGITAL NATIONZ.
Vector Arena is New Zealand’s premier venue for shows and since opening in March 2007, has become one of the busiest venues of its size in the world. Auckland has become a regular stop on the international tour circuit, with a wide variety of top-class acts entertaining audiences of up to 12,000 people.
TINT Group Ltd, together with Vector Arena, brought 2013’s DIGITAL NATIONZ to the public. Specialising in strategy, marketing and events, other TINT Group projects include the 2014 launch of BW Summer Festival / Rhythm and Vines, strategy work for NZ On Air’s “The Audience.co.nz”, and multiple business development projects at Vector Arena.
DNZ + GGTS will be at the CRC Speedshow this weekend the 19th 20th of July to talk about the show. Stop by to find out more this year’s DNZ + GGTS and check out some 3D printing.
Tickets on sale from 9am August 13th, available from Ticketmaster