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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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Government looking to make tax simpler for businesses

The Government has released the eight discussion document in its Making Tax Simpler series of consultations that aim to improve the tax system for business and individuals, and is asking for public feedback. Take this opportunity to have your say on our tax system and voice the ways in which you think it can be…

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Insights of a ShadowTech Day mentor

ShadowTech Day was held last month where students spend a day with a mentor within the industry, promoting a career in IT as a viable option to more young women. Eva Sherwood, Account Executive at Oracle New Zealand and Board Member of NZTech, takes part in the day as a mentor and shares her insights…

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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  AI <=> Art Fascinatingly esoteric presentation at a recent AI Meetup I attended from artist Ronan Whitteker of the newly launched Aftermath Gallery: Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Arts. Some provocative examples of AI being applied in the…

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NZTE launches new Export Essentials resources

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has launched a new service designed to help early-stage exporters learn the fundamentals of becoming a successful export business. NZTE’s new service, Export Essentials, consists of two parts. There are ten online guides that cover the basics of exporting that businesses can work through in their own time and…

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GovTech is the new black

The Techweek ’17 event ‘GovTech is the New Black’ was hosted by R9 Accelerator on Friday 12 May at BizDojo Wellington. The GovTech themed event was presented in 7×7 format, featuring seven speakers presenting for seven minutes each. Speakers ranged from private sector startups to government innovation projects and detailed the technologies that are advancing…

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Code club reached the Beehive

As part of Tech Week, thirty-five school kids showed off their computer coding skills for MPs in the beehive. Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said Code Club Aotearoa, which organised the event, was having a big impact on children aged 9 to 12. Code Club, starting out of a small computer lab in Aranui, sets…

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Fantastic talent rising out of EPIC Westport

Recognised by NZEntrepreneur as a Start-up to watch is EPIC Westport tenant Wearbox. Wearbox, brainchild of Karen Bongard and Tim Bourne, is a men’s underwear subscription service. “In early 2015 we decided to find a service to offer to men that would make their lives easier and more enjoyable. Investing in a Wearbox subscription is…

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NZ Innovation Awards 2017 – Entries open

Entries for the NZ Innovation Awards are now open. The New Zealand Innovation Awards were created to give smart, innovative NZ individuals and businesses a platform to be recognised and celebrated. Categories for the awards include: Industry sector categories Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment Innovation in Design & Engineering Innovation in Education, Training & Development…

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Students design jackets for the homeless

As part of the Ministry of Awesome’s recent Lab 5 workshop, a group of Christ College students have created an idea for jackets made out of recycled materials. Held in the EPIC building, the week long event sees groups of teenagers coming together, formulating an business idea and turning it into a realistic model. The…

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New Zealand household’s data consumption on the rise

New Zealanders are using data at even higher rates than previous years. Both Orcon and Chorus have reported 50 and 60% increases in average data usage from 2016 to 2017. The average household uses around 160GB of data, mostly used up by streaming and gaming. This shows we are a country with a healthy appetite…

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Startup Weekend winners – Binder

Startup Weekend was held recently and the winning startup was digital wedding planner Binder. Binder is an app that helps brides and grooms-to-be plan their weddings with all the service of a human wedding planner, and the convenience of a smartphone. Co-founder Fionna Fraser said “I’ve learnt so much in such a short amount of…

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Could Christchurch become New Zealand’s Silicon Valley?

Christchurch’s traditionally conservative reputation has had a shakeup since the 2011 earthquake. It’s drive to reinvent itself and try new things has shown a new side of the city to the world. In a recent article Jonathan Cotton discusses whether Christchurch could actually achieve what so many around the world set out to do; be…

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NZ needs to make manufacturing ‘sexy’

A group made up of a dozen New Zealand manufacturers has been over in Germany attending the Hannover Messe trade show, thanks to Callaghan Innovation. While New Zealand technology isn’t too far behind that of German counterparts, there are still things that our businesses can do to make manufacturing “sexy” and ensure they aren’t left…

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New Zealand leaders have their sights set ahead

The recent 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey has shown the CIOs (and IT leaders) in Australia and New Zealand have a greater focus on digitisation than their global peers. ANZ CIOs are intensifying their efforts to strengthen digital leadership, organisation and technology capabilities this year. This shows their understanding of the direction we are taking…

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Space-age technology for NZ MS patients

New Zealand MS patients are the subject of a new trial using what some are calling ‘space-age technology’. Watch the video by 1 News here