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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…

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Smart Seeds Innovation Programme Launching in Christchurch

Smart Seeds involves multi-disciplinary teams of young professionals generating fresh ideas to tackle complex challenges facing their city. In 2018, GHD is bringing Smart Seeds to Christchurch.   Check out a short highlights video from the 2017 Wellington programme to see what Smart Seeds is all about.   For Expressions of Interest or further information,…

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Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator

The Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator has opened their applications and they are looking for 10 extraordinary startups to participate in the programme. The programme supports startups advancing innovative applications in payments, financial literacy, security, insurance, identity regulations, lending, investing, or asset management. They may be using technologies such as blockchain, AI, machine learning, bots and cryptocurrencies…

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Save the date: NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2018 Launch Event

The 2018 Hi-Tech Awards will open for entry at the beginning of December and  the occasion will be marked with special launch events for people interested in entering the Awards. This year there are three launch events in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland – save the date. Details are: Details for our Wellington event: When: 5pm…

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Five ways to make your tech B2B website more engaging

Your website is such an important part of your business. Websites today have multiple roles such as customer service reps, training providers, quality monitoring teams, order takers and sales and marketing staff. For the average B2B tech company, your website plays a crucial role at different stages of the sales process. So, what can you…

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New legal structure for social enterprises?

Social enterprises combine entrepreneurial spirit with a strong dose of ‘heart’ as they work to make a real difference in our world. And it is not just part of a temporary trend. The 1,600 people who assembled last month in Christchurch at the Social Enterprise World Forum demonstrate that. Social enterprises often operate as limited liability companies, but…

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Inbound 17 – the marketer’s Woodstock (minus the drugs)

Concentrate has been represented at Inbound before, but it was my first opportunity to witness it first hand, and I did not know what to expect. Except, maybe, an under-the-hood view of the platform, learn some tips and tricks about marketing tech… What actually awaited me was a festive atmosphere, a cornucopia of talks and…

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Champion Canterbury winners – MTech Games

We’re proud to announce that EPIC tenants MTech Games won the Champion Canterbury award in the Professional Services, Small to Medium Enterprise category. MTech Games was created to explore the possibilities for virtual reality in the rehabilitation/medical space and beyond.  They are currently focused on helping new powered wheelchair users through the tough transition to…

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What would a CBD shuttle mean for the city?

From 1998, the popular yellow electric shuttles ran every 10 minutes on a set loop around the central city, until the February 2011 earthquake. The hop on, hop off service was free to use. In August 2016, the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Committee, which includes staff from Environment Canterbury (ECan), the Christchurch City Council and the NZ…

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Monthly update from Memia Labs

This is the monthly update from Memia Labs; for more information about any of this, please contact them at labs@memia.com My new band: Me + AI Believe it or not, my first career choice was to be a pop musician. (Admittedly not a lot of demand for melodic punk-folk cross between The Pogues and Violent Femmes – we…

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New Christchurch library a step forward with tech

The recent announcements around the new Central Library highlight key technological features showing the effort to move the city forward in the world. Following the 2011 earthquakes there was much talk about shape the city should take through the rebuild. One such idea was to create the “Silicon Valley of the South”. While we aren’t…

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Christchurch Tech Story

The Christchurch Tech Story has been developed to amplify Christchurch’s reputation as a technology innovation hub, helping to attract talent and funding. Photos, infographics and banners reflect our “connected, world-class and creative” messaging, helping the city’s tech sector become better known for developing innovative products and services for global niche markets. Please check out and…

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Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook, now available

Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook, now available   Parry Field Lawyers have just released the book: “Social Enterprises in New Zealand: A Legal Handbook”.   Written by Steven Moe, the book features an introduction by Alex Hannant, the CEO of Ākina, and more information is here http://changeforgood.parryfield.com/2017/09/11/social-enterprises-in-new-zealand-a-legal-handbook/ or it can be requested as an…

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NZ Teen in Global Competition to Create Super Happiness

Media Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 September 2017 NZ Teen in Global Competition to Create Super Happiness A global challenge with big prizes and massive opportunities has a single Kiwi as one of its 15 finalists announced today. The Singularity U / Project Heha Super Happiness Challenge is looking for solutions to help people achieve true…

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Supporting local causes

Grant Dalton and the Team New Zealand boys are coming back to Christchurch to support the re-build of Pleasant Point Yacht Club in South Brighton.  They have a $1million shortfall and we would love support.  Team New Zealand will be sharing their story, the ups and downs and everything else in between; inspirational for everyone; because…

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How does the Kiwi tech industry measure up?

The eighth annual Market Measures survey of New Zealand hi-tech sales and marketing opened today. Conducted by marketing advisory firms Concentrate and Swaytech, and sponsored by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, the study draws data from a sample of New Zealand-based technology companies on their approach to marketing and selling their products. This year’s Market Measures study has a sales-strategy…

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Canterbury Tech Summit

The recent Canterbury Tech Summit was a great event again this year with high calibre speakers, great breakout sessions and a huge number of attendees. The speakers were from all around the world and discussed topics from Positioning through to AI. We are looking forward to seeing what next year will hold.

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HubSpot CRM review: better than your average toasted sandwich maker

Blog from Concentrate According to one of those useless studies that seem to fill our news feeds these days, toasted sandwich makers have been revealed as one the most commonly owned but least used household appliances. I wonder if CRMs (i.e. software that manages information about your sales activity) hold the same status in a typical business….

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Explore your Business Opportunities and Partners in Taiwan: Startups and Young Entrepreneurs

TECO is going to co-host a workshop with Creative HQ (Wellington) to bridge Young Entrepreneurs between New Zealand and Taiwan. The workshop has been scheduled to be held in the afternoon on Monday 25 September at Creative HQ. The aim is to create a mechanism to facilitate young entrepreneurs, startups, inventors between the two side…

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12% growth for New Zealand gaming industry

The New Zealand Game Developers Association confirms that the NZ gaming industry is booming. NZ game developers earned $100 million last financial year. Kiwi gaming companies earnings have increased by 12% since last year. 55% of New Zealand’s studios describe themselves as independent self-publishers, 14% focus on contract work and outsourcing, while 28% mix contracting…

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Corvecto finalists at NZ Innovation Awards

In a run of nominations coming Corvecto’s way, they have been announced as finalists in the NZ Innovation Awards in not just one category, but THREE! The VR training solution company have been announced as finalists for Innovation in Technology Solutions, Innovation in Media, Marketing & Communications, and Young New Zealand Innovator through Managing Director…

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Christchurch’s Connexionz continues U.S expansion with new California office

Originally published in the IT Brief NZ A Christchurch company is expanding its global footprint by opening an office in California. Connexionz delivers fully integrated Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications, servicing transit agencies across Australasia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Based in the Highridge Business Park in the Valencia suburb of Santa Clarita,…

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Christchurch students benefiting from high tech educational tools

Big data and artificial intelligence aren’t usually topics associated with education, but thanks to two local startups these tools are being developed in Christchurch to help prepare students for the future. Last week Charlie Tomlinson and Raphael Nolden, presented to the EdTech Asia Summit 2017 on software tools developed here with the potential to help…

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From idea to execution: Chch innovation hub incubating success

EPIC is today the feature of bizEDGE NZ in light of the recent successes with the Champion Canterbury awards. Three EPIC tenants have been  announced as finalists in the awards and the spotlight is being turned to EPIC as a successful business hub. Read the full story here.

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Corvecto finalists in the Champion Canterbury awards

Another EPIC tenant, VR and AR training platform Corvecto, have also been announced as finalists in this year’s Champion Canterbury awards. Corvecto are one of three finalists in the Champion Innovation category and the winner will be announced at the ceremony on the 4th October. To find out more about Corvecto click here.

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EPIC tenants finalists for Champion Canterbury Awards

Two EPIC tenants were announced last night as finalists in the Professional Services – small enterprise category for the Champion Canterbury Awards 2017. Concentrate Limited and MTech Games Ltd were announced to be finalists at the event last night in the PWC building. This year’s Awards has seen 150 entries with 24 finalists moving forward….

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Corvecto revolutionising training with VR

Post by Jacques-Pierre Dumas on FutureFive NZ: This weekend I had the opportunity to meet Henry Lane, Corvecto managing director. Corvecto is a Kiwi startup that works with enterprise organisations of all sizes looking to protect themselves or grow their business through virtual and augmented reality. Corvecto provides full-stack design and development services. They distinguish…

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Plenty of sweet ideas for beekeepers

Remote beehive monitoring company Hivemind is undeterred by a shortfall in a crowdfunding effort to test demand for a hobbyist version of its product. Hivemind, of Christchurch, produces a satellite-connected beehive monitoring system for remote hive sites, even those out of mobile coverage. The system primarily monitors beehive weight, hive temperature, humidity and site rainfall….

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Startups in Taranaki granted better access to investors

Launch Taranaki and NZVIF to invest in local startups Media release: 24 August 2017 The New Zealand Venture Investment Fund and Launch Taranaki, the New Plymouth-based angel investment fund, have formed a partnership to invest into start-up companies, primarily in Taranaki. Launch Taranaki was formed last year.  The angel group has over 20 members, and is…

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Monthly update from Memia Labs

This is the monthly update from Memia Labs; for more information about any of this, please contact them at labs@memia.com The Coming Quantum Computing Revolution My mind is still trying to absorb the full implications of this @a16z podcast on Quantum Computing. In particular these lines jumped out at me: – Nature is inherently quantum…

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The ever debated open-plan office

As Apple looks to move into it’s new Apple Park in California, employees are upset over the move to rid the company of offices, and instead introduce open plan workspaces. It’s the latest trend in productivity with its supporters and its haters. With a large majorty of EPIC being setup as open plan workspaces, do…

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Putting the wind in our tech sector sails

It’s been a few weeks now since Emirates Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup. A lot was said at the time about the technology and innovation the team developed and put together to win back the Auld Mug. From the cyclors and foil design, to the remote controlled wingsail, spectators and commentators were in…

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The changing face of artificial intelligence innovation

PwC’s Commercialising Innovation Report shows that artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the most advanced of the emerging technologies in New Zealand – and some Kiwi companies are already banking the returns. Augmented reality, 3-D printing, drones and robotics will grow in disruptive significance in the next three years but PwC predicts that AI…

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Callaghan Innovation alumni first NZ business accepted into leading US tech accelerator

Dotterel, which was runner-up in Callaghan Innovation’s inaugural C-Prize Challenge for its work in suppressing the noise of drone propellers, is the first New Zealand based company to be signed by leading US technology accelerator Techstars. Dotterel was born out of the Callaghan C-Prize in 2015 when those in the cinematography industry issued a challenge…

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Tech education needs to catch up

You’ll forgive us for sounding like a broken record, but discussions about technology in education have been cycling for years now with the same message being conveyed; it needs to catch up. NZTech held it’s eighth annual meeting the other week where it announced the businesses that make up its community now collectively employ 100,000…

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Finalists of Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize have been announced

10 finalists have been announced in Callaghan Innovation’s biennial C-Prize Challenge where innovators were tasked with creating the next generation of wearable technology. The winner receives a $100,000 prize package. Some of the finalists include Rehabilitation Innovation team who aim to help stroke sufferers, Team Rippl who want to change the way deaf people interact…

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Co-working helping businesses grow

All across the country you can find success stories of co-working where otherwise struggling businesses are finding their feet and reaching new levels of success. EPIC itself is a great facilitator of growth for many local businesses. Natalie Sissons discusses how co-working is helping businesses in Upper Hutt. Read her story here.

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Showcasing EPIC talent

Fiona Ambler, of Digital Marketing Specialist for GymMaster, has recently placed second as part of the national MYOB IT Challenge. Her team, Team GYOB  were awarded second place for their innovative stock management application, which uses augmented reality technology. UC Centre for Entrepreneurship Incubator Manager Michelle Panzer says the challenge reveals students who understand the issues that…

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The Smart Highway to success

The Smart Highway to success: the right information to the right businesses at the right time The road to successfully starting out in business is about to become a smart highway, thanks to work business.govt.nz has been doing with Inland Revenue, ACC and MBIE. For the last six months business.govt.nz has been working closely with…

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Monthly update from Memia Labs

This is the monthly update from Memia Labs; for more information about any of this, please contact them at labs@memia.com  First And Foremost, AI Lots going on as usual in the AI field this month. Google announced their new PAIR – People + AI initiative to advance research and design of people-centric AI systems. Deepmind taught…

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Upcoming Canterbury Tech Summit

The Canterbury Tech Summit is happening on the 14th September this year and time is running out to claim your free early bird membership tickets. Canterbury Tech members are able to access free early bird membership tickets up until the 31st July. Make sure you don’t miss out by registering here. To view the full…

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ShareLet: the ‘Airbnb’ of storage

Leo Adriano recently launched his new venture, ShareLet, at the EPIC Innovation Campus with support of the Ministry of Awesome, a facilitation group funded by the city council and grants. “The self-storage industry is booming on a global basis but building or adapting premises come with high costs that are passed on. I thought there would…

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Emphasis on tech in schools concerns parents (but excites students!)

Kiwi students are looking forward to an education refresh that incorporates more technology use in classrooms. The ‘Digital Technologies’ literacy plan involves developing teachers’ skills to deliver new digitally focused curriculum to encourage problem solving skills required for the future. However, parents are concerned about their children will be spending even more time ‘looking at…

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Canterbury Tech Summit bringing in some big names

The 2017 Canterbury Tech Summit will feature some widely renowned speakers, headed by keynote speaker, Silicon Valley Tech Marketing powerhouse Andy Cunningham. The event will take place 14th September at the Wigram Air Force museum and is a great opportunity for the tech community to get together, share ideas and hear some inspirational speakers share…

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CerebralFix leading the NZ gaming charge

Superstar tenants CerebralFix are being recognised around the world for their game development capabilities. In a recent article by FutureFive NZ, Cerebral Fix’s latest indie game Ninja Tobu is ranked as one of the top, addictive games at the moment. It’s great to see tenants doing well and being recognised for the work they are…

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EPIC a keen example of Christchurch’s post-disaster resilience

Speaking to GovInsider recently, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel discussed how Christchurch has not only bounced-back following the 2011 earthquakes, but instead has thrived and future-proofed itself. Resilience, she says, is what Christchurch has shown; taking the opportunity to re-invent and improve itself. EPIC is cited as being one of the successes of the post-earthquake regeneration….

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