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Michael’s Apple Conference Experience

– By Michael Topschij

Well, I would like to personally attribute last week as ‘Apple Week’ for myself. I had the unique opportunity of traveling to San Francisco to attend Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (aka WWDC). Tickets to WWDC in the past have sold out in a matter of seconds and now are given out in a lottery. I was lucky enough to receive a ticket through my company. The experience for me was not only enlightening, but extremely unique and riveting.

I lined up at 2am for the Monday morning keynote. Thanks to that, I was able to have seats right up the front beside the media. Afterwards, I even got to say hi to Johnathan Ive (Apple’s chief designer) and also shake hands with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook – in addition to taking a selfie!Michael

I spent the week attending multiple sessions with the very experts that make the apps we use on our Apple devices. I was able to show them the apps that I make, get feedback, fix problems and learn how to do some of the great new things that are coming soon. I even got to meet some of the team who look after the App Store and ask questions about what makes an app great.

It was really inspiring to hear from an executive at Marvel, who told us about the difference that we can make with the things we create. In addition to spending some time making some great friends from around the world, I even, well, flirted with danger.

I think this experience has been really inspiring for me as a University of Canterbury atudent. For a young entrepreneur and author, it has been an experience that was really worthwhile. Thanks to team at for the opportunity to share my amazing week.

A little fish in a big pond at the NZ Ecological conference

If you know anything about native fish, you might be aware that native galaxiids hatch out into rivers before heading out into the ocean to grow – pretty much the classic little fish, big pond situation.

That’s a bit how my last week has gone, as by being one of the few undergraduate students at a national science conference I’ve been swept into a whole new world of science. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the 2015 New Zealand Ecology Society Conference through the societies Kauri Seeds scholarship.

This gave me the chance to go to a science conference and actually get a better idea of what ecology actually is. The result? I’m now sold on both science conferences and Twitter!

Why should you head along to a conference like this? It’s incredibly inspiring and opens your eyes to what’s out there beyond uni. The conference covered a huge variety of topics, from the use of eDNA to incorporating mātauranga maori into ecological research and the appropriate use of 1080, introducing me to what actually goes on in the New Zealand scientific community.

It also gave me an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with new people, from both other universities and research institutes from across NZ.  All of this has given me plenty of ideas for what area of ecology I want to head towards, and the chance to scope out potential employers to have a better idea of where my degree is taking me.

It was definitely worth a week of my summer, so if you ever get the opportunity to go to a conference, get out there and go for it! That big ocean might seem a tad intimidating, but it’s a great opportunity to find out what that world you’re jumping into once you’ve finished your degree is really like.

Roland Eveleens