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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…

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Christchurch App SMISH Unites Foodie Community

SMISH is a community food sharing mobile app for food lovers. The app allows those who love cooking to share and sell their food creation, and those who simply love wonderful food to explore food in their local community. Childhood friends and creators of the app, Allen and Daniel, launched the app this year and…

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Turning plastic into concrete

Innovation comes in many forms and Auckland-based company Enviroplaz have developed a way to turn plastic into concrete. Not only is this a way to stop plastic from reaching our oceans, rivers or landfills, but the potential cost savings benefits that companies could achieve are outstanding. Founding Director Peter Barrow estimates that companies could save…

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Digitech to play a big health role

A special event at Parliament next week will mark the 15th anniversary of the New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT) cluster as digital technology gains momentum in the health sector.  The NZHIT group was formed in February 2002 in a major push to start digitising all things health. To mark the 15th anniversary, NZHIT chief executive…

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Digital transformation an appetite for risk

Digital transformation is taking hold of the world – and with it an appetite for security and privacy risk, a digital expert says.  Hayley Carthy, chair of the DX conference in Auckland next month, says New Zealand is tracking strongly as it transforms to the digital world.  “New Zealand has some great success stories in finance,…

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What’s so great about co-working?

Working alongside other companies’ employees in an open office may sound like a recipe for distraction for some, but for many small start-ups, freelancers and small companies it can be surprisingly beneficial. “A business can come in, set up their laptop and start going. We have really streamlined processes so people can focus on their…

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TEDxScottBase viewing party at EPIC

On Sunday 22nd January, TEDxChristchurch hosted sold-out viewing party of the TEDxScottBase broadcast along with over 60 other viewing parties around the world. TEDxScottBase hosted international voices in science, art, entrepreneurship and more came together, in the most remote location on Earth, to broadcast their ideas to the world. For more information visit: http://www.tedxscottbase.com/ Photos…

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Christchurch startup Banqer moving up in the world

Banqer, Christchurch based startup designed to teach Kiwi kids financial literacy is making its big next step into Australia. Setting up a Sydney base, the company hopes to make a mark in the financial wellbeing of Australian children. This is just one of many Christchurch based companies who are growing and achieving success in other…

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Technology at the heart of lifting govt services

Technology is at the heart of improving productivity of government services and the second annual NZTech Advance Government and Technology Summit in Wellington on February 28 will play a landmark role in helping New Zealand become a stronger digital nation, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.  The summit is a high-level event that will host…

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Welcome to the world of driverless vehicles

The future of transportation has landed at Christchurch International Airport – a future in which drivers and steering wheels are redundant. The airport this morning launched the fully autonomous (driverless) electric shuttle bus it will be trialling on private roads around the airport campus over the coming months. The shuttle can carry up to 15…

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Scanner that can detect brain bleeds to be introduced in New Zealand

This portable handheld device known as an infrascanner can tell in minutes whether a patient has a brain bleed. Using the same technology as your television remote, a new portable device is about to land in New Zealand that can detect brain bleeds instantly. The device, called an “infrascanner”, has been approved for use on…

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MBIE ANNOUNCE NON-DEVOLVED PRESEED FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE

Applications are now open for the Non-Devolved PreSeed Accelerator Fund (PreSeed), a Government initiative that aims to supports the commercialisation of publicly-funded research. The PreSeed Fund is designed to support research organisations in progressing early stage commercialisation of new ideas towards a point of investor-readiness, enabling a greater economic return on New Zealand’s science system….