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Onside Celebrate Wine Industry Impact Award for AgTech and Digital

Thursday, December 7th, 2023


Congratulations to EPIC tenant Onside, who have won the 2023 Wine Industry Impact Award for AgTech and Digital!

The Wine Industry Impact Awards, hosted by the Wine Industry Suppliers Association in Adelaide, recognise and applaud innovation and excellence in the wine industry supply chain.

The Awards’ Gala Dinner is about highlighting those businesses who are providing solutions that positively impact the capability and competitiveness of Australia’s grape and wine producers.

Onside were recognised for their work  in monitoring mass vehicle movement through wine regions to enhance biosecurity controls. Well done team!

Launch: Large Language Models (LLM) Working Group’s Living White Paper

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Join AI Forum NZ’s Large Language Models (LLM) Working Group to learn more about their white paper on LLM and Generative AI in New Zealand currently in development.

The technology is moving so fast that a traditional white paper would be out of date the moment we crossed the final T, so the Working Group has partnered with IBM watsonx to produce a proof of concept for a living library of information that will be launched at this webinar and available for you to question afterwards.

The purpose of the white paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits, challenges, and governance considerations associated with LLMs in New Zealand, as well as best practices for deploying and managing these models in the local context. This will help organisations and individuals make informed decisions about how to use LLMs responsibly and ethically.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 12 December, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Webinar
  • Event Type: Online
  • Cost: Free

Speaker Details

  • Matt Ensor, Chair/Workstream Lead, AI Forum NZ LLM Working Group (CEO, FranklyAI)
  • Ming Cheuk, Executive Council Member, AI Forum NZ and Contributor to LLM Working Group (Co-founder and CTO, ElementX)
  • Maggie Koussa, Workstream Lead, AI Forum NZ LLM Working Group (Digital Solution Consultant, FranklyAI)
  • Dr Ian Watson, Professor, University of Auckland
  • Madeline NewmanExecutive Director, AI Forum NZ

Supported By

ElementX, FranklyAI, Arcanum, The University of Auckland, Simply Privacy, Spark, Auckland University of Technology, InternetNZ, Microsoft NZ, Ambit AI, Ako Academy, Aware Group, Massey University, University of Canterbury, IBM watsonx



Canterbury Tech Monthly Event – November

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

November’s in-person event will be presented by two speakers, Sam Sehnert, CTO, and Tim Ackroyd, Sr. Web Develop of Custom D Ltd.

They’ll be speaking on ‘The Art of Deployment Automation,’ From “move fast and break things” to “move fast and break nothing”

Software delivery has come a long way from the dark ages of physical CDs and several weeks of preparation to release an update. Today’s expectation is 100% uptime, fast bug fixes and updates deployed as soon as they’re ready without interruption to business or user operations. But how many actually deliver on that promise?

In this talk, Sam and Tim will demystify CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous deployment) for everyone and share both the business benefits and real-world technical implementation.

Event Details:

When: Tuesday 7th November 2023
Where: PWC, Level 3, 60 Cashel Street

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Energy Exchange: Charging Up Our Transport Future

Thursday, October 26th, 2023

You’re invited!

Energy Exchange: Charging Up Our Transport Future

Wed 8 November 2023, 5.15 – 7.30pm

EPIC Lounge, 100 Manchester St

Places limited.  Register by Friday 3 November: Energy Exchange – Charging Up Our Transport Future | Humanitix

Join us at the second local Energy Exchange!  This quarterly event is an opportunity for those interested in the energy transition to connect, discuss innovation initiatives, and share learnings.

Transport accounts for more than 50% of Christchurch’s carbon emissions and the transition to low emission transport is accelerating.

Hear from local industry about their fleet conversion and EV charging experiences and challenges, and innovation initiatives and funding from EECA and others to address these.

  • Low Emission Transport Innovation Highlights, Challenges, and Opportunities – Richard Briggs, EECA
  • Industry and Innovator Panelists and Q&A (including Connetics, Mainfreight, Meridian, Evnex, ChargeNet and more)