Before you ask, no, it doesn’t do Zoom…
Wellington’s tech sector has always been forward-thinking. Designed by Wellington Polytechnic staff, Neil Scott and Paul Bryant, and students in 1980, Poly 1 was advanced for its time and built for secondary school use.
Scott and Bryant saw the need for educational computers in schools and successfully pitched the concept to the Department of Education.
The Development Finance Corporation and Lower Hutt-based software company, Progeni Computers Ltd. joined forces to create Polycorp. The Poly-1 was an all-in-one unit, with a distinctive fibreglass casing, colour display and 64KB of RAM.
However, Poly 1 never reached its true potential, in 1981 the Department of Education’s agreement to purchase 1,000 computers a year for five years fell through.
In 1989, Poly-1 was discontinued and Polycorp wound up around 1990 after both the DFC and Progeni Computers became insolvent.
This machine was built by Polycorp around 1981 and is currently on display in Te Whanganui-a-Tara at Wellington Museum