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HealthTech Supernode Challenge

  We’re less than 2 weeks away from the application closing date for the HealthTech Supernode Challenge! The Challenge is looking for New Zealand’s most innovative healthtech solutions, whether you’re at the idea stage or have a developed product. If you are still on the fence, NOW is the time to take that leap of…

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Survivor City: How space flights could reinvigorate the Christchurch economy

Future strategist and business consultant Roger Dennis welcomes the supernodes. “There’s little point in trying to spin up something entirely new in a crisis, it’s much more logical to look for existing strengths and capabilities that you can support.”  Read more here

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Additional funding available for business advice and support

Information from ChristchurchNZ More Canterbury businesses will be able to access specialist support following the government’s announcement of an additional $40 million in advisory funding. Read the full article and find out more, including how to apply, here. The funding means small to medium businesses can access specialist advice and support across a number of…

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Challenge aims to position Christchurch as NZ’s centre of health innovation

PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, 29 JUNE 2020 Ōtautahi Christchurch aims to become the home of health tech innovation in New Zealand with the HealthTech Supernode Challenge, opening Monday 29 June. With a total prize pool across multiple categories valued at over $340,000, there are plenty of reasons to enter the HealthTech Supernode Challenge. This…

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The Garden City battled back after a series of massive localised disasters. Now NZ faces a national one.

Extract from article published by Stuff on 13/06/2020. “One that comes to mind is a somewhat infamous meeting that the then minister Stephen Joyce gate-crashed back in 2012. Christchurch’s Central Development Unit had been given 100 days to prepare a “blueprint for action”. This saw a high-powered congregation of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet,…

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Grow Ō Tautahi Christchurch Garden Festival – Garden Festival dates set for 2021

Grow Ō Tautahi, Christchurch’s very own Garden Festival, will return in 2021 – with dates locked-in for the free, three-day festival celebrating gardening, homegrown food, sustainability and education.  Organisers confirmed today the Festival will be held 12-14 March 2021 in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The 2020 event was cancelled just days before it was due…

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Starlifter.Dev Show featuring Jamie from Meta Digital

“EPIC Innovation features in the latest episode of the Starlifter.Dev Show! Benet Hitchcock chats with Jamie Hamilton, Creative Director at Meta Digital about making CD-ROMs, what’s changed in the Christchurch web scene over the years and how 2020 is shaping up.” https://www.starlifter.dev/meeting-meta-featuring-jamie-hamilton/ Benet ‘Dr’ Hitchcock Starlifter.NZ Internet | Audio Email: benet@starlifter.nz Mobile | Signal ::  +64…

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Grow Ō Tautahi with Christchurch!

There’s something for everyone at Christchurch’s FREE, three day garden festival – Grow Ō Tautahi. Celebrity chefs, how-to workshops, garden exhibits, science and sustainability talks, a kids’ zone, plants, flowers, entertainment and much more!  Christchurch Botanic Gardens, 20-22 March 2020 – see you there! Grow Ō Tautahi, Christchurch Garden Festival, will showcase creativity, innovation and…

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Trade Me New Zealand Innovator of the Year Award

The Award recognises inspiring Kiwis whose game-changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving our country forward. The three finalists for the first Trade Me New Zealand Innovator of the Year Award have been announced, and they’re all awesome! From developing world-leading wireless charging technology, to designing a machine that treats cancer, to using virtual reality…

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Seven simple tips to keep hackers at bay

source NZ Herald 13/2/20   Seven easy ways to keep safer online: 1. Use a different password for every service. 2. If you have trouble remembering dozens of different logons, InternetNZ’s inhouse security expert recommends investing in password manager software, like LastPass, which will auto-generate and auto-fill passwords for multiple websites. 3. The longer and…

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Rocket Lab chosen by NASA to launch Pathfinder Mission to the Moon

source NZ Herald 15/2/20 Rocket Lab has been selected by NASA as the provider for a small satellite mission to the same lunar orbit targeted for Gateway. Gateway is an orbiting outpost that astronauts would visit before descending to the surface of the Moon in a landing system as part of NASA’s Artemis program. The…

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Salt District presents The SALTY Buskers Club

  This guy? MulletMan is your Salty Busker MC, expert in leave-in conditioner and a big Chch fave who's been keeping us all close to doing little laughy wees since double-popped collars were a thing. 😜 Posted by SALT District on Thursday, February 6, 2020 READY YOUR LAUGH-HOLE cos stuff just got way more buskery,…

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Grow Ō Tautahi Christchurch Garden Festival

Quirky science will help broach tough issues at Grow Ō Tautahi- March 20-22-FREE ENTRY-Christchurch Botanic Gardens  “Ever wanted to know if a cow is smiling? Or how you can make your car run on food waste from the rubbish dump?” Grow Ō Tautahi Science Ambassador Trevor Stuthridge is keen to share cool science alongside research…

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West Coast tech firms and iwi get Provincial Growth Fund cash boost

The Government has pledged almost $2.2 million for pounamu and technology industries on the West Coast. Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau made the funding announcement at Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika on Thursday He said the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) would be giving $800,000 to Development West Coast for a Grey District Regional Digital Hub and an…

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Brush Technology Develop Surflocker- a fully automated surfboard and wet suit hire

Brush Technology have been working with Aaron Lock (@SurfcoachNZ) to develop Surflocker – a fully automated surfboard and wetsuit hire kiosk. Comprising a web app booking and payment service with solar-powered embedded hardware to control electronic locks, Surflocker is like Lime scooters for surfboards! Click on here for more info. Simply pre book your board and wetsuit…

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Startup Weekend Christchurch is back!

Startup Weekend Christchurch is back! Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th of May, 2020 at EPIC   Calling all budding entrepreneurs!  Come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, launch startups, and have an absolute blast at this high-energy 54-hour weekend for designers, developers, and business-focused (non-technical) participants. Don’t miss this chance to meet your future…

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Robot start-up Radius Robotics seeks to solve world’s soil depletion

Farming by robot is no longer a fantasy, and it also could be a breakthrough for preserving our soil quality, a group of Kiwi entrepreneurs say. Christchurch’s Radius Robotics is developing a wheel-based robotic system which would direct drill seeds with a minimal footprint, irrigate, weed and collect data. Reducing the amount of land having…

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Episode 8 with Lauren Peate (Multitudes)

Episode 8 with Lauren Peate (Multitudes) OUT NOW! This episode we wrap up our interviews from the Canterbury Tech Summit with Kris Herbert and Andy Poulsen chatting with Lauren Peate, CEO and co-founder of Multitudes, about her career to date and how to build an excellent culture inside organisations. Then Andy is joined in the…

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Salt District Artwork for sale

    Look who’s hanging out with Markus at Espresso245. This beauty (the one that isn’t Markus) is for sale. Want it? Course you do, you pirate. Three more stonking big artworks also up for grabs. Exciting.   You need this artwork like the morning needs a coffee. Both available from Espresso245. The beautiful soul sister here…

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Lunch Time Concerts at Little High

There will be a series of Friday Lunch Time Music in the Little High Courtyard 🎶 The Ara Music Arts students, SALT district neighbours, will be performing between 12-2pm 🎷 It’s the perfect excuse to gather up right here

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What is SALT District?

We think the area around St Asaph, Lichfield and Tuam Streets is the best urban neighbourhood in Christchurch. We are a friendly, creative and well connected community in a gritty, lively part of town including the Innovation Precinct, awesome hospitality and retail, with the South Frame and Rauora Park right on our door step. Apart…

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SALT District brings home the silverware

  From Left to Right: David Snyder (Town Team Movement), Ethan Kent (Project for Public Spaces, PlacemakingX), Mike Percasky (SALT Collective Charitable Trust), Charles Landry (Creative Cities Index). The team behind the beating heart of Christchurch’s most innovative and edgy District has been recognised at a major international awards. Ōtākaro and SALT District were last…

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Lift off in Christchurch: city’s plan to be New Zealand’s aerospace testbed by 2025

  Christchurch aims to be at the centre of New Zealand’s burgeoning aerospace sector by 2025, according to the city’s aerospace strategic plan. Read the sector plan here. Read the summary here. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to develop the plan which sets out goals and actions for…

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NZ Hi-Tech Awards Launch Event

Interesting in finding out more about the awards and how you can be involved?  This event will kick off with a “fireside” chat with two Flying Kiwis and one of our young achievers. This will be followed by a quick run-through on the 2020 Awards, with tips and tricks on writing that killer entry. WHEN  4 December 2019 WHERE…

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Vodafone xone Startup Accelerator 2019 – Applications now open!!

Kia Ora!! I hope things are going well for you and your teams as we get closer towards the end of 2019 – It’s been a big year for us at Vodafone xone, and I wanted to share some details about our new xone accelerator programme of which we have just opened applications! J The least important…

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The Quantum Industrial Revolution – Christchurch

WHEN: 23 Oct 2019 5:30 PM WHERE: Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth & Innovation Madras HOW LONG: 1.5 hours Whilst quantum computing, and quantum cryptography gain headlines in the popular press, there is a quiet revolution underway in the industry. What are 50 of the world’s largest companies planning in the light of this next big…

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Startup Breakfast Club: Building a Successful Team

WHEN: 31 Oct 2019 7:15 AM WHERE:Te Ōhaka, Kahukura Building (Ara) HOW LONG:1 hour 45 minutes Ministry of Awesome’s Startup Breakfast Club – powered by MYOB and sponsored by DHL – is your monthly morning caffeine hit where you’ll find valuable social networks, gain business insight, and find the critical support you need to power your…

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C-Prize 2019 – Information Evening – Empowering New Zealand’s next generation of environmental innovators

22nd October 5.30 -7.30 pm, at Te Ōhaka – Centre for Growth & Innovation This year’s C-Prize competition is challenging entrants to develop innovative tech-based solutions with the power to change environmental outcomes. At this information evening at Te Ōhaka, you’ll hear from leading New Zealand environmental innovators, learn more about the challenge, hear how to…

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COME AND SEE THE FINALISTS PITCH THEIR SOLUTIONS!

CHALLENGE PITCH FEST AND AWARDS EVENT ON OCTOBER 18 ChristchurchNZ and Airbus are pleased to announce the eight finalists in the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019. The finalists are: Christ’s College Drones Technologies NZ Ltd Kea Aerospace Landpro Lincoln University NIWA Samplair Seequent New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019 Pitchfest About this Event Finalist Pitchfest-Book Here…

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‘The Ministry of Awesome’ reflects the exciting new era of Christchurch startups

Written by Steven Moe Guest writer for The Spinoff There’s an innovation renaissance brewing in post-earthquake Christchurch as multicultural entrepreneurship replaces the old boys’ network. This required a new name, writes Steven Moe. An unusual name that evokes images from Harry Potter is fine by the Ministry of Awesome, because it immediately sets it apart. Founded in…