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NASA’s Antarctica and Space missions explored in Christchurch

A key member of one of NASA’s premier space programs will share his views on Space, the Antarctic and the technological revolution at an event in Christchurch this month. Zaheer Ali is the Science and Mission Operations Laboratory Supervisor for SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 that carries a 38,000 pound, 100-inch diameter infrared telescope in…

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WaiWatch, winner of MoA’s Future City Activator Event shows Awesome potential

WaiWatch, the winner of 8 teams competing at the Future City Activator Event recently hosted at EPIC by the Ministry of awesome (backed by Christchurch City Council and Canterbury Tech) are aiming to identify “Water Abusers” in an effort to combat the wastage of water through an innovative water monitoring system using readily available technology….

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Virtual Reality User Design for NZ Customs Service

EPIC’s VR/AR Studio Corvecto partners with Assurity to help the New Zealand Customs Service redesign their airport layout in Virtual Reality BizEDGE Recently wrote about the use of Corvecto’s VR User Design Platform by Assurity Consulting’s User Research team, allowing them to evaluate multiple layout scenarios with a large group of test users filtered demographically….

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Burnside High Visits Game Developer CerebralFix at EPIC

I got yet another email from Burnside High’s pesky technology teacher Steven Rodkiss a month or so ago asking us to ‘help the kids’ again the other day. I tell you this guy just does not quit. The last time we crossed paths was when he got us to put together a ‘Dragons Den’ style…

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EPIC gets behind a new generation of Christchurch leaders

Christchurch is the latest forward-thinking city to host Smart Seeds, a global innovation program for young talent to tackle the region’s most pressing challenges. The EPIC Innovation Precinct in Manchester Street was the venue for the Smart Seeds Launch Event during February. The city and region is known for its resilience and adaptability – something…

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Coffee & Jam Tuesday 23 January at The Greenhouse

Our awesome partners are back with the FIRST C+J BACK FOR 2018! WHERE: The Greenhouse (146A Lichfield Street) WHEN: Tuesday 23 January, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Whilst EPIC undergoes renovations to make our event space awesome MOA will be at The Greenhouse until late February. This weeks awesome speakers are: Nicola Devine is the Creative Director at Tanker Creative,…

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Some awesome changes happening at EPIC

We are updating our events space to host even more exciting gatherings for you in future, while that’s in motion however we aren’t hosting any events until the renovations are complete (aiming for mid-February, confirmation will be provided!). In the meantime, here is an image of the event lounge taking shape.

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Call for NZ Govt to establish Institute for Small Business

Businessman and social entrepreneur Tenby Powell, who chaired the government appointed Small Business Development Group for five years, is leading a call for the new Government to establish an Institute for Small Business. The idea for a step up from government in support of small business is resonating in New Zealand and farther afield, says Powell,…

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Top Google researcher to speak at Auckland digital summit

Google Research machine perception lead engineering director Tomas Izo will be a speaker at the biggest global tech summit ever held in New Zealand in Auckland on February 19 and 20. https://bizedge.co.nz/story/top-google-researcher-speak-auckland-digital-summit/  

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GovTech accelerator invites startups to disrupt the public sector

The challenges facing governments around the world have never been more significant. Problems like global warming, cybersecurity and privacy are “big-picture” problems, but there are also the day-to-day challenges of digital transformation, citizen-centric government and participatory democracy that are faced by agencies in most countries. These challenges create a big market opportunity. https://bizedge.co.nz/story/govtech-accelerator-invites-startups-disrupt-public-sector/   

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Five key questions for Kiwi social enterprises

Written by Steven Moe, guest writer for TheSpinoff Social enterprises are everywhere right now. But what are they? And how do we make sure they are not just businesses exploiting a trendy term? Lawyer Steven Moe outlines how social enterprise can become a legitimate force for good. When the poet Robert Frost published his most…

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Kiwi tech needs to ‘eat more of it’s own dog food’

The following article was originally published on Techday ChannelLife on 23rd November 2017. Kiwi technology needs to start selling itself smarter  – and realise its full potential – if it wants to become the nation’s largest export industry. That’s according to new research by Market Measures, which urges companies to ‘eat more of their own dog food’…

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Productivity the barrier to tech being the top exporter

Kiwi tech companies urged to ‘eat more of their own dog food’ when it comes to selling Kiwi technology needs to sell itself smarter to realise it’s potential to become the country’s largest export industry, according to the latest Market Measures report. “We don’t face the same environmental constraints of the other two major export…

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Smarketing, the ultimate coalition

As the New Zealand governing coalition has finally been decided, now starts the real work to determine the policies and legislation required to implement their vision.  Their ability to deliver on this vision will have a lot to do with the alignment of the three quite different coalition partners – Labour, New Zealand First and…

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Hi-tech heroes – Adherium

STICKING TO THE PLAN HOW A NEW ZEALAND HI-TECH AWARD WINNER IS BUILDING A GLOBAL DIGITAL HEALTH BUSINESS Image: http://www.adherium.com/ In the third instalment of our Hi-tech heroes series, Concentrate talked to Garth Sutherland, Founder & Executive Director at Adherium, winners of the Most Innovative Hardware Product category at the 2017 Hi-Tech Awards. Developing medical…

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Hi-tech heroes – RedShield

INTO THE CYBER-WAR FRAY Andy Prow, founder and CEO of RedShield. In the second instalment of our Hi-tech heroes series, Concentrate talked to Andy Prow, Founder and CEO of RedShield, the company that won both the best product and best service categories at the 2017 Hi-Tech Awards. If you were choosing a global market niche…

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Hi-tech heroes – Pushpay

KEEPING THE FAITH Having the courage to focus on a market sector and use innovative digital tactics to generate sales leads is core to the success of Pushpay, winner of the supreme award at the 2017 New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards, as well as Innovative Company of the Year. Concentrate talked with co-founder and CEO Chris…

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Ethique raises half a million dollars in less than a day

Canterbury business Ethique is smashing the competition and their recent crowdfunding venture raised their goal of $500,000 in less than a day. “It’s amazing. I knew it would go quickly after 1,300 of our customers registered their interest, but I’m blown away that it went that quick,” says Ethique founder and CEO Brianne West. West…

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Part of a women-led venture? Apply to SheEO

SheEO is a leading global innovation in the female entrepreneur marketplace. Their radical new model to finance, support and celebrate female entrepreneurs has received global attention by capturing the hearts and minds of women around the world. Over 150 regions from Asia-Pacific to Latin America to Europe and North America have applied to replicate the…

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‘Virtual gets real’ forecasts strong NZ cross reality sector growth

The NZVRARA (The New Zealand VR/AR Association Inc.) has today released the first of two reports commissioned on the New Zealand VR/AR Ecosystem. The Report, titled ‘VIRTUAL GETS REAL: The Explosion of Cross Reality in New Zealand’ profiles a rapidly growing local industry that is predicted to contribute to New Zealand’s Digital Nation with annual…

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Half of IT executives want to detect in-progress attacks before it’s too late

It can take only minutes for a data breach to cause significant damage to an organisation and it can take months for the same organisation to identify and to respond to those threats. Almost half of IT executives want to detect an attack in progress while there’s still time to act, according to a recent RSA study….

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Kiwi AI could help end world hunger

Tech advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) might help New Zealand move toward a solution for helping feed the world which will require food production to double to meet a growing population demands. New Zealand IoT Alliance executive director Kriv Naicker says the new government needs to support the tech…

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Kiwis are making big bucks with VR, $320 million to be precise

The New Zealand virtual reality and augmented reality (VRAR) industry sector’s forecast revenues are estimated to be worth more than $320 million within two years, a report states. The publication was commissioned by the New Zealand Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Association (NZVRARA), which is a part of the New Zealand Tech Alliance. The NZVRARA…

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Forget Labour, AI is taking over New Zealand

Many New Zealanders are buying into the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) as it is creeping into many walks of everyday life. New Zealand needs to actively embrace artificial intelligence at a faster rate as an extraordinary opportunity and challenge for New Zealand’s future, Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ) executive director Ben Reid…

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NZTech’s CEO on what Apple’s latest acquisition means for us

It was big news in the Kiwi start up community last week when Apple confirmed it would acquire Auckland start up PowerbyProxi. And NZTech’s CEO Graeme Muller says that the deal is confirmation that New Zealand is on the right track to become a global tech story – and be known for our technology just like we…

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Kiwi company trains future innovators with robotics, coding and more

Remember when you were a kid on the pulse of tech and everyone older than you was living in the stone age? Well, one day it will inevitably be you in the stone age and a Kiwi company is working hard to ensure that happens sooner rather later. OMGTech! recently announced its new program delivering…

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Calling for nominations for the 2018 Canterbury Tech committee

Canterbury Tech is calling for nominations for the 2018 Canterbury Tech committee. There are three (3) positions to be elected. Voting will take place on 5 December or by proxy if you are unable to attend the AGM.    Each individual member or member company is entitled to one vote each. We hope to receive…

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Christchurch EPIC innovation hub’s lease extended by seven years

As we celebrate the next stage of the EPIC journey, it is great to see the support of the community, particular with the media recognising the significance of what we do. See below a summary of an article featured in bizEDGE NZ on EPIC’s latest announcement. The Christchurch innovation hub EPIC is celebrating the EPIC…

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EPIC’s 5th birthday

It’s our birthday! We are 5 years old this week and want to take the opportunity to thank all the businesses, groups and individuals that have supported us as tenants, by attending events or even just popping in for a coffee. It’s been a great ride and we are looking forward to the next 7!

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Two EPIC companies have joined Dubai Future Accelerators for its third cohort

Forty-six startups from around the world have been selected from a list of over 1000 applications to form the next cohort at Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), it was revealed today. Taking up their places for the nine-week program at the DFA’s headquarters in Emirates Towers, entrepreneurs with cutting-edge technologies will be partnering with various government-run…