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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…

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Check out the New Zealand Hi-Tech awards finalists

At the end of last month the New Zealand Hi-Tech award finalists were announced at events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Entries numbers were at a record high; 30% up from last year. Wayne Norrie, Chair of the Hi-Tech Trust says “This year’s finalists span the full spectrum of the hi-tech sector and the country….

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Talent shortages in the New Zealand tech industry

The growth of the New Zealand tech industry, thanks to companies such as Xero, Vend and Orion Health, has opened up many opportunities for companies, but has also exposed many gaps. One of these gaps is the lack of skilled talent in New Zealand. The community is Christchurch is proactively trying to close this gaps…

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Callaghan’s wearable technology competition – your chance to win big

Recognising the adoption of wearable technology around the world, Callaghan Innovation have launched a competition to find “the next big thing in wearable technology”. The 2017 C-Prize competition is offers winners $100,000 as a grand prize package and $50,000 in cash to stimulate ideas with the best becoming a viable business. To be considered for…

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Bringing tech into the Basketball world

Basketball New Zealand have been announced as a finalist for the Innovation Excellence Award at the 2017 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, for the enabling of Glory League. Glory League is a software that creates video replays and highlight snippets for individual players and provides them with the files to be able to share…

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Getting the brand together

Why are resellers and distributors an unfashionable route to growth for tech companies? Music fans mourned the untimely demise of Joni Sledge, one of the quartet of Sledge sisters responsible for the disco anthem ‘We are family’, released in 1978. The classic tune remains popular almost 40 years later amidst all the explosion of musical…

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Code Club’s new partnership

Code Club Aotearoa has partnered with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world. They provide low-cost, high-performance computers that people use to learn, solve problems and have fun. At a recent Raspberry Pi Global Meetup, Code Club’s National Training…

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A strong tech future for New Zealand

This year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup New Zealand took place a few weeks ago and the winning team is off to Seattle to compete in the Imagine Cup global competition. Winning team, GroupCram, took out the competition with a student collaboration app designed to help with studying and group assessments. In the past, New Zealand teams…

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2017 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards

The American Chamber of Commerce has launched the 2017 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards which celebrate business achievements between New Zealand and the United States. The annual awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their achievements. Entries are…

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Your chance to showcase at VivaTech in Paris

The French Embassy is looking to sponsor 8 New Zealand startups to VivaTech in Paris from the 15-17 June 2017. Capitalising on the success of Antipodes 2016, the Embassy of France is looking to take kiwi ingenuity and creativity to the French Tech and Digital ecosystem. VivaTech is the new global meeting for game changers,…

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EPIC Tech-week showcase: from idea to global innovation

During this year’s tech-week (6 – 14 May 2017), EPIC will be hosting an event showcasing some of the innovative talent that has emerged within the EPIC Innovation Precinct. Companies from EPIC will share their stories of taking ideas and turning them into viable global products and services. Organisations sharing their stories include: • SLI…

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Students urged to combat cybercrime

The career options for students who want to combat cybercrime are expanding so rapidly into fields like law, research, teaching and insurance that a leading Hamilton based cyber security research centre is urging secondary school students to get serious about tapping into this exciting job market. Globally, unfilled cyber security jobs are predicted to reach…

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Creative app developer named among NZ’s top 100 CIOs

A small but innovative Christchurch app developer is today rubbing shoulders with the cream of New Zealand’s top chief information officers (CIO) by being named among the top 100 CIOs in the country. The annual announcement recognise New Zealand’s 100 most innovative and effective chief information officers, who are influencing rapid change across their organisations. …

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Drones to save lives

University of Canterbury researchers are developing drones that can aid search and rescue efforts in large scale emergency situations such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes. Alongside Japanese colleagues, they are working on the technologies that will enable swarms of drones to locate and potentially triage people buried in wreckage. This is another fantastic example of…

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NZ Government’s role in driving the pace of fintech development with FinTechNZ

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean attended and spoke at the Wellington launch of the New Zealand Financial Innovation and Technology Association (FinTechNZ) on 8 February 2017. OpenGov caught up with Minister Dean through an email interview to find out more about her involvement with FinTech NZ, the government’s broad plans with fintech development and…

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HOW TO START A BUSINESS WITHOUT QUITTING YOUR DAY JOB

Starting any business involves an element of risk. But then so is relying on a job. And to be honest, as your entrepreneurial experience grows, the risk involved in starting new businesses diminishes as you become a better entrepreneur. Because really successful entrepreneurs  learn how to set things up in a way that mitigates much…

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Fintech about to accelerate New Zealand’s economic growth and international connections

The setup of the national fintech organisation will accelerate New Zealand’s economic growth, tech leader and software services company director Mitchell Pham says.  New Zealanders should care about fintech as an exciting new sector because electronic interactions underpin all commerce across the national economy, Pham says.  With the support from NZTech and the government, FinTechNZ…

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Christchurch: A city of opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors

Know of a business interested in locating to Christchurch? Or a serial entrepreneur who is looking for their next opportunity? Help them to make the move by finding more about what New Zealand’s newest, most exciting city has to offer.  Inside they’ll see the top reasons to invest in Christchurch, the latest stats on our economy and…

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NZ Energy Innovation Challenge 2017

Disruption is hitting the global electricity industry and New Zealand tech companies have the potential to lead the world with innovative solutions. Callaghan Innovation and Creative HQ are calling every coder, inventor, tinkerer, engineer, or ideas person to enter an Innovation Challenge from February 1 with ideas pushing boundaries in how consumers and businesses use,…

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Canterbury University team charged for their world-first electric eco-car marathon in recyclable car

A group of Canterbury University students have created what they believe to be a world first – a fully recyclable electric car. The little one-person, one-wheel drive car is undergoing final testing in Christchurch before being shipped to Singapore to compete in a global vehicle economy competition called the Shell Eco-Marathon. Every year as many as…

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4 Innovative Ways to Motivate Your Team

Happy employees are productive employees. Motivating employees to do their best work is far from a simple task. Even the most adept leaders can struggle with meeting their workers’ needs. However, there are a lot of awesome strategies you can use to create a more engaging work environment to boost employee morale and see excellent…

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Equality attracts top tech talent

Leading Australasian eCommerce provider eStar says businesses that practise diversity and equality have a huge competitive edge when it comes to employing top talent and maintaining a productive and engaged workforce. As New Zealand’s fastest growing sector and third largest exporter, tech employs five percent of the workforce and has the highest paid employees than…

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​Govt opens innovative new school in Christchurch

The Haeata Community Campus in Christchurch has officially been opened by Prime Minister Bill English and Minister of Education Hekia Parata. The school is expected to be an example of what the ‘future of education’ can look like with its flexible learning spaces and a flexible style of teaching. More than 900 students have already…

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New Zealand leading AI

Soul Machines, based out of Auckland, are leading the world in humanising Artificial Intelligence innovation. The company has just unveiled their first virtual assistant, an emotionally intelligent virtual agent. With financial backing out of Hong Kong, this technology promises to deliver big things across a range of different industries while putting New Zealand technology on…

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Want to Be a Successful Entrepreneur? Do What You Know.

Everyone wishes they started Facebook, but not everyone would have found the same success as Mark Zuckerberg. One of the reasons he was able to scale Facebook to having more than a billion active users is because he had a passion for programming and coding. He knew the ins and out of the technology behind…

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Ākina Foundation’s Investment Readiness Grant

Ākina Foundation’s Investment Readiness Grant is a New Zealand first, providing social enterprises and mission-driven organisations with grants of $5-10k for support from professional services to secure investment. We are now seeking expressions of interest for our first funding round. Grant funding might be used for legal support, financial modelling, funding strategy, design for videos…

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Our data, our way

Improving data-sharing across government is fundamental to many of the outcomes the Better for Business programme is working on. The Data Futures Partnership has been created to help lead the development of a data-use system that will create value for business and all New Zealanders by making better use of our data. The partnership is…

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R9 Rev Up and Team Selection

R9 Accelerator 3+ began with the R9 Rev Up in the last weekend of January. Entrepreneurs from the private sector and government staff had the chance to meet potential team mates, deep dive into the accelerator Opportunities, and get a taste of what participating in R9 Accelerator 3+ would be like. More than 100 entrepreneurs…

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The Startup Weekend Experience

Photo Credit: Erica Austin Startup weekend will be one of the best, stressful, creative and fun weekends you will have. When I first heard about it I was pretty skeptical, it sounded like a casual pizza evening with other entrepreneurs. I could have not been more wrong. First of all, you can join without having…

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Laundromap Launches New On-Demand Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service in Auckland

Laundromap – dry cleaning and laundry to and from your door. Laundromap, a new on-demand laundry, and dry cleaning announced today it will be launching in Auckland – it’s the first location on the roadmap with plans to enter other major cities throughout Australasia over the next 18 months. As one of New Zealand’s newest…

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LookSee Wellington,the world-first global talent attraction programme

Are you on the hunt for tech talent?  We’ve got just the ticket. LookSee Wellington is a world-first global talent attraction programme, which is aiming to offer top tech talent the ultimate career trip. In May 2017, we want to bring 100 lucky candidates from around the world to Wellington (flights and accommodation paid for),…

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Understanding Millennials in the city’s workplaces

Millennials have undeservedly earned a bad rep when it comes to workplace behaviour, say TRA‘s Colleen Ryan and Antonia Mann. How did this passionate and thoughtful generation get tarred with the lazy and entitled brush? Recent surveys have fuelled negative and controversial headlines, but are more noteworthy for being out of tune with what matters to Millennials…

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My F.C., the world’s first fully digital football platform wins BNZ Start-Up Alley

My F.C., the world’s first fully digital football platform claimed first prize, winning $15,000 and a trip to San Francisco. Designed to remove pain points founders Sam Jenkins, Mike Simpson and Sam Jasper experienced as football players, coaches, managers and fans themselves, the platform links the management of teams, clubs, leagues and national bodies with…

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5 Types of Startup Investors To Avoid

Entrepreneurs rely on investors for funding, support and guidance. Naturally, this type of business relationship can bring out the best or the worst in different types of investors. Startup communities around the world depend on trusted, altruistic investors who are well-aligned with their founders — here are a few investor profiles you don’t want to be…

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Never Stop Innovating In Business or Your Love Life

Are you having an affair with your business? As entrepreneurs, we have a special connection with what we do for a living. We find significance, growth and fulfillment. When we use our businesses to feed our emotional needs, we sometimes become addicts. As the addiction grows, we cannot leave work behind and we spend more…

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LIC Innovation Farm to host Farming2020 during Techweek17

Drones, robotic technologies, and automated on-farm sensors – they’re all on display near Hamilton, as LIC’s Innovation Farm plays host to the agricultural showcase ‘Farming2020’. Farming 2020 is among the signature events included as part of an inaugural three-day event, Techweek17, which takes place from Tuesday 9 May. Wayne McNee, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) chief…