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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

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Technology disrupting the agriculture industry

Farmers are in for a shock. According to Allflex Innovation and Business Development Manager, Pat Gunston, the technology revolution is on its way. “We didn’t think it was possible a few years ago, but now we put animals down a race and read their eartags as fast as they pass by,” explains Gunston. The New…

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What’s the use of money?

We’ve assumed it for a while but Mastercard, in a recent survey of 1000 New Zealanders have found that 90% of people choose digital payment options over cash. So what will happen to the money when digital payment completely takes over. With the rise of apps like Apple Pay, its making it even easier for…

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Entries are open for the Success & Innovation Awards

Entries for the 2017 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards are now open. If you have traded goods or provided services, education, intellectual property, royalties etc. to or from the United States of America, then you are eligible to enter. The categories available are: Exporter of the Year from New Zealand to the…

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The West Coast conundrum

Featured on Sunday last week, the West Coast is facing a hard decision about its future. A proposed mine could provide hundreds of desperately needed jobs to the region. However, the potential environmental impacts of doing so are great. Is it time to focus away from the mining industry and into other avenues. Initiatives such…

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Shadow Tech getting more young girls into IT

NZTech initiative Shadow Tech is attracting more young girls into IT. The programme, run in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, gives young girls an opportunity to spend the day in a tech company, shadowing a mentor. Produced with the support of the Ministry of Youth Development, Shadow Tech Day is a…

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China interested in NZ environmental tech

With China’s focus shifting to finding more environmentally friendly options for business, there are more investors interested in New Zealand’s environmental technology. At a recent summit in Auckland, companies from both countries were brought together to showcase the technology that New Zealand has been developing in the areas. Find out more here. 

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Angel funds invest record $69m in 2016

Angel networks and funds invested a record $69 million into young New Zealand companies in 2016 – a 13 percent increase on the previous record set in 2015 – New Zealand Venture Investment Fund investment director Bridget Unsworth said today. Releasing the latest Young Company Finance Index, Bridget Unsworth said the second half of 2016…

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Getting started with partnering webinar

‘GETTING STARTED WITH PARTNERING’ WEBINAR Tim Howell (Offshoot Consulting) and I are hosting a webinar at 11am on Wednesday 3 May to support our recently published eBook on partnering for Kiwi tech companies. Partnering is a tried and tested strategy for tech companies to grow their business. Our 2016 Market Measures report showed us that there is…

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Tech Week is coming

As we approach the week-to-go point of Tech Week, it’s a good opportunity to check out the programme and line up the events you want to attend. With a large number of events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, plus events in the other areas of the country, there is something for everyone. Click here to…

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NZ tech benefits from anti-immigrant bombast

Graeme Muller of NZTech has recently discussed how the tech industry is one of those benefiting from anti-immigration moves being made around the world. “On the immigration front the changes announced last week by Minister Woodhouse are not expected to impact the tech sector. In fact, as I discussed on NBR Radio last week, the…

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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  Virtual Reality is quickly developing proven real-world applications This short film from the BBC shows just how far VR has come in the last year – showing applications for charity fundraising, treatment of PTSD, depression,…

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SingularityU Christchurch event

SingularityU have got a whole lot of events lined up for this year’s Techweek NZ. Tickets are super limited, so make sure you’re speedy. They are hosting events in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch to bring you another series of in depth discussions around what’s been happening in exponential tech over the last six months – from AI to blockchain,…

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New Zealand’s isolation a draw for overseas tech workers

Long has New Zealand’s isolation to the rest of the world been a deterrant when recruiting offshore technology staff. Yet with the upheaval, uncertainty and political unrest throughout the world, the focus is now turning to us. For Christchurch organisations, this is an opportunity to promote a way of live when advertising overseas. The calibre…

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Robots, virtual reality and living on Mars – Christchurch Techweek ’17

Virtual reality gaming, robotics, earthquake safety engineering and how people can live on Mars – these are just a taste of the creative and technology-driven events on offer during Techweek’17 in Christchurch. Techweek’17 events will be running from 6 to 14 May around New Zealand, the theme for this years’ programme is, “finding local answers…

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Government alliance a stepping stone to becoming a digital nation

Our Communications Minister, Simon Bridges, recently released the Building a Digital Nation report which outlines several programmes to drive New Zealand towards becoming a digital nation. One of the programmes discussed is an alliance between the digital sector and government to explore the economic and social benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT). The alliance…