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Tickets for TEDxYouth@AvonRiver 2018 go on sale tonight at 7pm!

      Like TEDxChristchurch, TEDxYouth@AvonRiver is independently organised and produced by volunteers; however, these volunteers are youth, producing an event specifically for youth. If you missed out on TEDxChristchurch tickets (or even if you didn’t, you lucky duck!) and you’re 25 or younger, this TEDxYouth@AvonRiver event is for you! Tickets will be released tonight at 7pm at this…

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Kiwi kids and parents work together to create a safer internet

hough parents may sometimes feel the internet is a dangerous and unknown place for their children, the reality is that the Internet is an integral part of New Zealand kids’ lives. Kiwi kids spend up to 33 hours a week online outside of school, using the internet as an encyclopedia, a movie cinema, a games…

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Artificial intelligence: Marketing’s new best friend?

  SARA BARKERSEPTEMBER 07, 2018 Could artificial intelligence (AI) be marketing’s new best friend? According to sentiment at this week’s AIMCON event in Auckland, AI could bring enormous value to marketing as an enabler that helps people, not one that takes away their jobs. AIMCON brought together marketers with the aim of inspiring people to…

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Technology workshops at 3 Christchurch Schools!

  I LOVE Christchurch! Just ran Technology workshops at 3 Christchurch Schools! Received this incredible email from the Principal of Diamond Harbour: “The session was very different to what some of the girls had expected. They were surprised to find that instead of ‘just going to hear someone speak’ the facts and information was interspersed…

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Immigration changes bring welcome booster to NZ’s regional businesses

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 29, 2018 (bizEdge NZ) Recent changes to immigration settings for international students mean there are now many more opportunities for New Zealand businesses to reach for the global stage. That’s according to ChristchurchNZ, which believes that businesses in Christchurch and other regional centres can now harness international student talent. This month the…

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Christchurch: The city & its graduates undergoing tech transformation

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 20, 2018 Source bizEDGE NZ If there’s one city in New Zealand that has been in a constant state of transformation, Christchurch stands out – and it’s shaping graduates’ lives in the process. As the new generation of talent joins the central city workforce at a time when Christchurch is shaping its…

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How open source is driving innovation in A/NZ  

JACQUES-PIERRE DUMASAUGUST 21, 2018 Source bizEDGE NZ Recently IT Brief had the opportunity to talk to GitHub executive Paul St John about their acquisition by Microsoft, A/NZ expansion plans and their vision for open source. Can you tell me a bit more about GitHub’s relationship with Microsoft? We’ve always had a relationship with Microsoft and…

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Govt forms Small Business Council to drive SME growth

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 14, 2018, bizEDGE NZ The government has announced the appointment of a Small Business Council that will make it easier for small businesses to connect with government, large businesses, and research institutions. Last week Small Business Minister Stuart Nash announced the Council and its 13 appointees, which will advise the government on…

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NZ and Aussie tech girls become superheroes in Silicon Valley

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 14, 2018..Source bizEDGE NZ The next generation of New Zealand and Australian female entrepreneurs had the chance to pitch their apps to Silicon Valley’s top executives and engineers. Five teams of schoolgirls from regions including Invercargill, Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney travelled to Silicon Valley as part of the Brisbane-founded Tech…

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NZ/AU research to uncover how SMEs can harness the digital economy

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 14, 2018 Source bizEDGE NZ The New Zealand Productivity Commission will work with its Australian counterpart on a new research project that will look at how both countries can grow the digital economy and provide more opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Government has asked the New Zealand and Australian Productivity…

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Virtual reality could be the future of market research

  SARA BARKERAUGUST 14, 2018 Source bizEDGE NZ Massey University PhD candidate Alexander Schnack says virtual reality (VR) might be the future of marketing research – and he created his own business to take advantage of it. As part of his doctoral thesis Schnack wanted to measure consumer responses to product packaging, but couldn’t find…

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Lightning Lab Govtech Accelerator Bootcamp Launches in Wellington today.

The Accelerator Bootcamp will help teams prepare for the inaugural Lightning Lab GovTech, launching Monday 20th of August 2018. [Wellington, New Zealand, 13 August 2018] Creative HQ is bringing together teams made up of local, central, and international government agencies for the Lightning Lab GovTech program – a structured and methodology-based experimentation environment for breakthrough innovation…

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NZ’s game development industry is booming – and it needs you

Source FutureFive NZ New Zealand’s game development industry is booming, with both exports and employment in the sector climbing rapidly over the last year. Not only has employment in the sector grown 10% to 550 full-time roles, but game developers have also earned a ‘record’ $143 million in the last financial year. According to the…

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Limitless Conference 2018 1/2/3 August

  The Limitless Conference was launched in 2016, as the flagship program of the Limitless Charitable Trust. Limitless exists with a mission to equip young people to lead lives of passion and purpose, doing work that aligns with their strengths and values. Since beginnings in 2016, we have built content in partnership with some incredible…

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Three ways of addressing the IT ‘skills gap’ in New Zealand

As we all know, recruitment in New Zealand is notoriously difficult, particularly in the technology industry. New Zealand needs to educate or import thousands more information technology workers each year if it is to close a growing skills gap in the industry, according to a government-backed report. The Digital Skills Forum study found the ICT…

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From local to global: Verizon Connect celebrates its Christchurch roots

From its roots as a local Christchurch business to a multinational enterprise, tech firm Verizon Connect says Christchurch will always be its home. Verizon Connect, formerly called Telogis, has offices in 15 countries including the US, UK, and Australia – a story that all began back in 2000 with a dream to improve the way…

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Hi-Growth Launch Programme 2018 – Showcasing extraordinary business talent by ChristchurchNZ

DATE AND TIME Tue. 24 July 2018 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm NZST LOCATION -The Piano -The Philip Carter Concert Hall, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central July 24 will be an occasion to remember as we celebrate innovative, entrepreneurial thinking across our city of exploration. We’d love you to join us as the ChristchurchNZ 2018…

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Effectus announces new General Manager

For the last 11 years Effectus has built a strong presence in IT Management & Governance Consulting throughout New Zealand of which I am very proud. When we celebrated our 10-year anniversary I reflected on how much had been achieved, including founding the EPIC Innovation Centre, and I predict another fulfilling decade ahead of us…

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EPIC Westport – NEM Blockchain Developer Event

NEM Blockchain Training event 26th & 27th July 2018 (2)EPIC Westport Blockchain Event We have Senior NEM members and Engineers from Malaysia holding a training event in Westport at the end of July. Its a really good opportunity to learn about developing in blockchain and there is also a have a go Hackday! You just…

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The Philippines could be NZ’s next big export market, says tech entrepreneur

Kiwi businesses that are on the path to expanding their export potential overseas are missing out on a wealth of potential if they overlook the Philippines, says one New Zealand based entrepreneur. Rachel Strevens, who is co-founder of cryptocurrency investment platform Invsta, says that few New Zealand businesses are harnessing the Philippines’ potential. Strevens was…

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Hi-Growth Launch Programme Graduation evening

Join us to find out more about the 2017 Hi-Growth Launch Programme graduates. The evening will feature tradeshow exhibitions, presentations from the graduating businesses and keynote speech ‘Every brand has a story to tell. What’s yours?’ by renowned advertising guru Andie Spargo. Date: 28 June 2017 Time: 6pm to 9pm (registrations open at 6pm for a 6.30pm…

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Official Boma New Zealand Launch | Christchurch 2018

Sign up for more info or to attend a launch event in Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland Tune into the global launch, live from Paris on Friday, 6 July at 4:45am NZST Hi there, I hope your world is awesome 🙂 For the past nine years, my team and I have been working hard to produce TEDx…

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Alexia Hilbertidou-10 Changemakeher workshops free to Christchurch.

Alexia is in Christchurch thanks to the generosity of EPIC Innovation, led by Wil McLellan and Colin Andersen. EPIC is committed to lifting participation of young people in technology and as a result of their support, Alexia is able to offer 10 Changemakeher workshops free to Christchurch. Alexia will be at Rangi Ruru 2.30pm – 3.30pm on Monday 2nd…

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Girlboss Founder At Rangi Ruru Girls’ School on Monday

How Did She Make the Queen Laugh at An Awards Ceremony in London This Week? “You’re doing good work.” That’s what 19-year-old Alexia Hilbertidou was told by Queen Elizabeth at an awards ceremony in London this week. On Tuesday, this driven Kiwi received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her work founding GirlBoss where she encourages women…

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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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