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NZ Hi-Tech Awards Launch Event

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

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 Duncan Cotterill, 148 Victoria St, Christchurch

TIME  4:30 pm — 6:30 pm

Register here.For other enquiries please email

Vodafone xone Startup Accelerator 2019 – Applications now open!!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

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 part of this message – some brief info about me for those who I am yet to meet.

I’m Chris. A north Island boy at heart, for the past couple years I’ve been braving the cold here in Christchurch working alongside Lauren Merritt and the rest of the xone team to deliver our Vodafone xone start up Accelerator programme.

 If you want to learn more about xone (or need a quick refresh) about our previous cohorts and programme- click here.

As of recently, I’ve taken over the reins for xone – and have also launched a new model for the way xone will be working with and supporting kiwi start-ups in the future!


You may have seen this video floating around Social media:

The actual important part of this message – Our new Accelerator Programme or “xone Partner Series”

What is it?

Just over a week ago we launched applications for our new xone Accelerator (VF Xone Partner Series)

  • We are transitioning from our previous 6-month accelerator model which focused on founders and increasing the business performance and capability of each year’s (10 start up) cohort;  to
  • a series of 3-month“product and partnership-focused” programme for (up to 5) start-ups, driven heavily in product development, customer testing and validation with the key desired outcome in the form of a partnership or reseller agreement with Vodafone and some of our Key corporate customers (Industry Partners.)

For each iteration we’re bringing along one of our large corporate customers to join us as industry partners allowing start-ups to access expertise and resources from both VFNZ and the industry partner to add value to their business and product offering. The first VFNZ Customer to join us for the new Partner Series programme is the BNZ;

Together with BNZ we’re looking for kiwi start-ups who:

  • Have a digital solution and global aspirations
  • Have a product that digitally improves the way SME’s do business
  • Have a validated product, No required minimum for revenue generation – but at the least; defined customer validation and market fit
  • Ready to scale through corporate partnerships and add value to our SME business customers.

If you are working with any companies that you think could be a good fit for the programme;  Please send them our way!!!!!!!!  If you know anyone else working with start-ups that you think should see this as well –please forward this on.

 Interested start-ups can apply directly/ or find more info here: Vodafone xone Partner series with BNZ

Alternatively – feel free to pass them my details so we can get them lined up! 🙂

Please note: APPLICATIONS CLOSE NOVEMBER 29th at 4pm.

The Quantum Industrial Revolution – Christchurch

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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 revolution? This question will be answered in this next event at Te Ōhaka.
The Dodd-Walls Centre is hosting a discussion with Jose Prozo – the CTO of European Photonic Industry Consortium at Te Ōhaka – the Centre for Growth and Innovation.

He will share what 50 of the world’s largest companies are doing in preparation for the acceleration of quantum technologies in 3, 5 and 10 years. And explain how it may transform the manufacturing, biomedical and sensing sectors.

Come and learn more about this revolution that will undoubtedly impact how your company or competition operates in the future!

Bring your colleagues, friends; and also, your teenagers who are interested in science – their generation will undoubtfully involve lots of applications created by quantum tech.

Get tickets for FREE now:

Startup Breakfast Club: Building a Successful Team

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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 venture forward.

This month, we’ll be looking at how to build your startup dream team.  What key attributes do you need to have on your team? Should you worry about organisational structure? How do you kick off with a winning team culture?  What must you never do? How do you keep the vision true, engaging, and powerful as you scale?

Successful solo-founder startups are extremely rare so come along to the next Startup Breakfast Club and learn how to build your dream team!

There’ll be free flowing coffee and breakfast as usual, so secure your spot to this FREE event today.

The Startup Breakfast Club is always sold out in advance, so register early to make sure you don’t miss out. Register by Wednesday 30th of October.


PS. While this event will always be free, we only distribute a select number of tickets. So, if you think you might not make it, please do NOT book.

See you there!

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

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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 complete a compelling entry and have the chance to network with other forward-thinking founders and entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers from New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

To register and find out more about the C-Prize competition CLICK HERE!



Thursday, October 17th, 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

Watch up to 10 finalists pitch their technology to the judging panel

The top three finalists will be decided and announced by the judging panel.

Tea and coffee provided on arrival and a light morning tea will be served.

New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019 Awards

About this Event

See the top three finalists present their solution.Book here

Airbus Director of Sales Pacific Marie-Frederique Romain and Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation will announce the Grand Prize Winner of the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

Date And Time

Fri, 18 October 2019

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Vodafone Innov8 Christchurch

213-220 Tuam Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

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 the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, the business incubator has grown and evolved into Christchurch’s go-to destination for high growth startups and entrepreneurs.

Leading the charge is ‘chief awesome officer’ Marian Johnson. When she started at the end of 2017 she had her reservations about the title and wondered if it needed to better match the expectations of more conservative stakeholders. But she soon realised it fits the bill.

“The Ministry of Awesome stands for anything but business as usual. Now, when people remark on my title I might smile and do a bit of jazz hands, but our organisation represents around 8,000 individuals all doing ‘awesome’ in their own ways.”

MoA focuses on early stage ventures when they are at their most vulnerable. It guides them through the process of validating a market, defining their customers and securing funding, and offers support through the inevitable failures (better known as ‘learning experiences’) and pivots.

It is well known in Christchurch through the 100 or so events it runs each year focused on developing the startup ecosystem. Around 70 to 100 people attend the weekly Coffee & Jam meetup at EPIC Innovation Campus (a unique post-earthquake success story in itself) to hear speakers from two startups each time that are at different stages in their cycle.  There is a startup activation programme to triage and assist fledgling ventures; a startup breakfast club; and monthly founder events exclusive to the 17 startups who are the first cohort at Christchurch’s Te Ōhaka Centre for Growth and Innovation.

That’s a lot of activity, but what does it mean for New Zealand’s second largest city and its earthquake recovery? I’ve previously commented that the vibe in Christchurch is different these days – it is old boys out, entrepreneurs in, and anyone who attended the recent sold-out Canterbury Tech summit will have noticed that.

The Ministry of Awesome is one of the essential parts of this growing ecosystem, and Johnson has her own views on what makes Christchurch unique.

“Eight years ago we had to re-imagine and reinvent our city.  Anyone who wanted the ‘normal’ left. At the same time, there was a massive influx of individuals in search of opportunity. Also playing out in the background are these major global shifts creating uncertainty. So, not only is New Zealand becoming a destination for progressive thinkers and risk takers, Christchurch represents the highest potential for opportunity.

“Add in the sheer number of tertiary institutions, crown research institutes, the excellence of our tech and manufacturing sectors, and a sprinkle of affordability and extreme natural beauty, and you get an unusually rich and diverse startup ecosystem.”


An example is The Brothers Green. Last year MoA and Foodstuffs South Island set up the Foodstarter competition to find New Zealand’s most innovative food and beverage startup. The hemp food venture was the winner, and today it is supplying 98,000 Hempy bars (a hemp-based snackbar targeted at kids) to New World supermarkets across the South Island.

Another is the creation of Te Ōhaka, where MoA is based. In English it means “the nest” and it is a place where high growth startups can incubate in a collaborative environment. Located within the Ara Institute of Canterbury campus, it is now home to 23 startups ranging from airport fog dispersal systems venture Limpidity, athlete performance monitoring company Komodo Monitr, and location-specific mindfulness initiative Wanderble. Opening Te Ōhaka in May this year is one of the local innovation community’s proudest achievements, Johnson says.

People outside of Christchurch who still see the southern city as being white and conservative can lay those old perceptions aside as well, she says. Every member of the MoA team has moved to Canterbury from overseas – a diverse mix of folk from France, Argentina, India and the United States.

“I think one of the reasons our team is so international is that MoA represents startup culture, which in itself represents risk taking and self-agency,” Johnson says. “There’s no better profile of that than in a person who shifts from one country to another to follow their dreams and ambitions.”

Johnson hopes in 10 years’ time Christchurch will be a centre of excellence for technology-enabled future industry sectors that allow the world to survive climate extinction and improve the lives of people. “Future food, fibre, transport, medtech, and healthtech are all sectors we are focusing on now.  I’d love to see that we’ve had a few home runs in one or all of those sectors because of all the awesome work we are doing now.”

Steven Moe is a Partner at Parry Field Lawyers in Christchurch and committed to telling good stories through the weekly seeds podcast. He has spoken at many events organised by The Ministry of Awesome.

EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIP Indonesia – New Zealand – Australia Regional Conference Wellington, 26 October 2019 “PARTNERS IN HUMANITY: Managing Harmony & Diversity”

Monday, October 7th, 2019

EPIC is proud to be supporting the Eisenhower Fellowship (EF) Regional conference in Wellington this year. Eisenhower Fellows from Indonesia are initiating a collaborative conference with New Zealand and Australia Fellows to commemorate the Eisenhower Day of Fellowship highlighting the critical issues of social harmony and diversity.

The objective of this collaboration is to strengthen multilateral relations between Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia to address the challenges of achieving and maintaining social harmony and diversity, an issue relevant to  all three countries, by drawing upon the expertise of  EF Fellows in the region and in doing so also sparks rapid economic growth. This conference will bring together multi-stakeholders, including leaders from government, business/private, academia, media and not-for-profit organisations from the three countries.

Register for the event here:

Event Background:

Lately, we see in the region and beyond, societies torn apart by narrow-mindedness and primordial emotions. The Christchurch terrorist attacks shook its citizens and the world admired the way the government and the people of New Zealand managed the tragedy. The openness of the people of NZ and the solidarity shown to the minority Muslim community who were devastated by the attacks, displayed the nation’s resilience and commitment to inclusivity. The New Zealand response has been praised as setting a new standard for other countries in dealing with social tensions.

Indonesia, with its predominantly Muslim society, is the world’s third largest democracy, strives to uphold its ideology of Pancasila which guarantees the respect for and equality of all religious and ethnic groups. Australia is no less remarkable. A multi-ethnic melting pot, it has to manage a diverse nation and ensure harmony by upholding the rule of law without bias and prejudice.

How these countries falter or succeed in addressing the challenges of social harmony and diversity in a post-truth world are the key concerns of this Eisenhower Fellowship Day 2019 event. In addition, let’s not forget that being countries of diverse background, these three Pacific Countries are also rising economic power with their innovative and inclusive approach in financing activities. Thus, it will also be a challenge and opportunity how diversity can boost the nation’s economic growth instead of impeding it.


Google’s Maps adds augmented reality – for walking directions that might actually work

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Google’s Maps app has got a new augmented reality or “Live View” feature, which should help solve a persistent annoyance: knowing which way to head when you’re following directions.

You know the drill: a blue dot appears on the map on your smartphone’s screen – but it’s often hard to tell which way you’re supposed to head.

In theory, your phone should be able to indicate the right direction, but in practice – especially when you’re in a CBD – the GPS signal bounces of buildings and constantly chops and changes your orientation.

And while most phones also have a built-in compass, in a downtown environment you have to constantly do the whirl-it-in-a-figure-8 thing to reset it – which is a pain, and makes you look silly.

Google says, Tall buildings can interfere with the accuracy of online maps.

“Live View solves these issues by overlaying your directions onto the world around you using your smartphone camera.

“The technology matches your camera’s real-time view with Google’s Street View imagery to determine your exact location, which way you’re facing and where you need to turn.

“Once your location is confirmed you’ll see virtual markers on your phone screen, indicating the street you’re on and where to turn next. Keep following them, and you’ll easily reach your destination.”

There are also onscreen prompts to remind you to keep your phone down, least you walk into real humans or lampposts as you navigate via augmented reality.

Live View is rolling out on Android and iOS devices now, following testing on Google’s own Pixel phones over the past few months.

To get started with AR navigation, update your Google Maps app, and after entering your destination you will see a new ‘start AR’ button in the walking tab which activates your camera.

A rep for Google says the roll out is happening progressively today, so it could be a spell before some people’s Maps app auto-updates with the new feature.

NZ video gaming billion-dollar export industry by 2024: report

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

NZ Herald

New Zealand’s interactive media and games sector could create a billion-dollar export industry by 2024, a new report outlining the sector reveals.

Interactive Aotearoa, a report produced by the New Zealand Game Developers Association with support from NZTech, WeCreate and government agencies, identified interactive games as the greatest potential creator of new jobs and export earnings in coming years.

New Zealand’s video games industry generated over $143 million last year. The global market is worth $258 billion.

Interactive Aotearoa outlined that gaining just one per cent of the global video games market would generate $258m in new exports each year.

The sector in New Zealand has grown 39 per cent annually for the last six years – at this continued rate and with the support of Government the industry would be worth one billion dollars in 2024, it outlined.

New Zealand Game Developers Association chair Cassandra Gray said it was an “aspirational yet achievable” goal for the sector.

“Forty years ago our film industry partnered with the Government and we now have a multi-billion dollar screen industry. Twenty years ago our music industry did the same. Our interactive and games industry has reached the stage where it has the capability, skills and international opportunity to similarly contribute significant jobs, exports and social benefits,” Gray said.

“We’ve made a strong start, but our sector is still young and growing.

“Our aspirational, yet achievable, goal is to see New Zealand become a billion dollar exporter of interactive media, sitting alongside our successful film and software sectors.”

Interactive media, combining the tech sector and creative industries, currently slips through the cracks of Government culture, media and innovation policy.

The report calls for the establishment of the New Zealand Interactive Commission, modelled on existing creative industries agencies the music and film commissions, and an interactive innovation fund. It also recommends that Government screen and cultural programmes be modernised to include interactive media.

Several countries have introduced interactive industry programmes. Finland, with a population similar to New Zealand, has an interactive sector worth $3.8 billion annually – 25 times the size of ours – as the result of government support.

Recommendations for support from the Government outlined in the report will be discussed next month at the New Zealand Game Developers conference at Te Papa.

Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo 2019

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

The Smart Christchurch team is hosting the third annual Innovation Expo at the newly restored Christchurch Town Hall.  We are inviting exhibitors to showcase their innovative solutions to the Christchurch public, civic leaders, and other key people invited to attend.

The outcomes for the Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo include:

  • Demonstrate new approaches to solving persistent problems.
  • Showcase Smart Christchurch initiatives, partnerships & collaborations.
  • Showcase innovation happening within the city and beyond.
  • An opportunity to connect with other innovators and spark ideas.

Please apply to exhibit here: or to sponsor here:

Venue:  Christchurch Town Hall

Date:     09 September 2019, Monday

Time:    10am-5pm

Australian VCs in Chch

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Want to meet and hear from Australian venture capitalists who have backed incredible Kiwi and Australian startups, as they demystify their investment and speak on how they identify, invest and work with startups?

Join us for a special panel event – Australian VCs in New Zealand, on 3rd September in Christchurch.

Spaces are limited, register for your ticket today:

Lightning Lab Tourism Demo Day

Monday, August 5th, 2019

For the last three months ten early-stage businesses have been honing their concept, building their business proposition and are ready to showcase their sustainable tourism venture to the world.

Come and see their concepts!

When:    Tuesday 20 August, 5.30pm to 8pm

Venue:   Christchurch Town Hall, James Hay Theatre, 86 Kilmore Street

RSVP here

Read more about Lightning Lab Tourism and the participating ventures here.

Concentrate is the only agency in Australia and New Zealand to reach HubSpot Diamond Partner and HubSpot Master Trainer status

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Concentrate is the only agency in Australia and New Zealand to reach HubSpot Diamond Partner and HubSpot Master Trainer status.

Find out more here:

Diamonds are an agency’s best friend

Concentrate is the first company in Australia and New Zealand to reach Diamond Partner and Master Trainerstatus for international software company HubSpot.

That puts us in the top 2% of HubSpot’s almost 3500 agencies worldwide, and shows how competitive Kiwi marketing agencies can be on a world stage amongst much bigger firms with access to a much bigger market.

Martech is going off

This recognition is a reflection of two trends – firstly it’s the growth of New Zealand’s tech industry, the sector in which we specialise; and secondly, the rapid adoption of marketing technology by Kiwi companies.

According to our own Market Measures research, tech companies in New Zealand are starting to invest in solutions like CRM and marketing automation, and HubSpot is the platform of choice for over 60% of them.

HubSpot’s acknowledgement of Concentrate as a Diamond Partner and Master Trainer means the company is recognised as being world class when it comes to marketing technology. HubSpot is a global leader in this area, and Concentrate can bring this international best practice and technology to local firms.

We’d like to acknowledge the support from HubSpot that has enabled this success. As a tech marketing firm we work with a lot of software companies, small and large, and can safely say HubSpot’s partner support is outstanding, particularly form the team in their Sydney office.

A master of training

We’re particularly proud that Concentrate’s Managing Director Owen Scott has, after a contestable process, been appointed as a HubSpot Master Trainer, the first and only in New Zealand. For companies using HubSpot it means we are ideally placed to ensure you and your people can get the most out of the platform.

It also means Concentrate is the only agency across Australia and New Zealand that has reach Diamond Partner Agency level, and has a HubSpot Master Trainer.

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The anatomy of a tech marketing superstar

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Springfield in our home province of Canterbury used to be mostly famous for its giant donut (a homage to its cartoon namesake), but it has now hit the national consciousness as having the ‘’rudest café in New Zealand’. While the humble restaurant has generated a mountain of publicity, it’s not a marketing approach we would typically recommend. Here’s some other ideas.

What does a tech marketing superstar look like?

While most self-respecting tech companies would prefer to hire another coder than risk their cash on a marketer, the time does come for many to contemplate building an in-house resource. That resource needs to be focussed not on the fluffy promotional stuff, but on programmes that generate qualified leads for sales. But what skills and capabilities does this person need? In this blog, Greg identifies the key strengths your marketing superstar will need to succeed.

Left brain and right brain in perfect harmony

As technology has become more central to marketing, technologists and marketers have to work together more and more. Marketers don’t tend to have the necessary skills and disciplines to drive this martech effectively – hence the need for developers. We’ve certainly seen the results of marketers rushing to implement marketing technology, without clear requirements and good implementation processes. This fascinating article digs into this burgeoning relationship, and what the two groups have in common.

Ninja ballerinas achieve a 38% jump in web traffic

When a top 100 New Zealand company needed to redevelop their website on the HubSpot CMS, we were chuffed they chose Concentrate. They needed HubSpot ninjas with the agility of a ballerina to meet a tough deadline, and we delivered, achieving a 38% increase in traffic. Read the full story here.

How goes the paperless bathroom?

As the old joke goes, the much vaunted ‘paperless office’ is as likely as realising the vision of a paperless toilet. The same scepticism comes to mind when reading that the MarTech Conference in the US have adopted the tagline ‘’martech is marketing’’. And while the number of marketing technology vendors has exploded from a few hundred less than a decade ago, to over 7,000 now, to give marketing completely over to technology is paperless toilet territory. For more, read this thoughtful consideration of the topic by respected US martech advocate Scott Brinker.

Need some HubSpot training?

Concentrate’s Owen Scott has been appointed as New Zealand’s first and only HubSpot Master Trainer. See how Owen could help you get more out of your HubSpot investment.

Free B2B marketing knowledge

While our moral panic continues over the evils of social media, there are oases of great value on the internet. The huge array of quality courseware is one. For B2B marketers the resources available to self-educate are incredible. At Martech Advisor, they have done a great job of summarising some of the best sources for free marketing courses.


The EPIC Podcast – Canterbury Tech- EPIC Podcast episode 2 – Sarah Heal (Information Leadership) OUT NOW

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019


In episode 2 of the EPIC podcast series journalist Kris Herbert interviews Sarah Heal, Director & co-founder of Information Leadership. We talk about their journey so far, their team, how they became Microsoft’s exclusive partner for information management in NZ and some of the interesting hiring decisions they’ve made.

Following the interview, Andy Poulsen chats with Ministry of Awesome’s Chief Awesome Officer, Marian Johnson, about their new home and the Christchurch innovation ecosystem, and then with Canterbury Tech G.M. Neil Hamilton, about the kick off of the Canterbury Tech Mentor Scheme plus the upcoming Tech Summit and general new

About the EPIC Podcast 

The EPIC Podcast is a tech focused podcast being produced by Canterbury Tech.

Each episode will feature an interview with a tech leader, either discussing their or their company’s journey, lessons they’ve learnt along the way or delving into a particular area of speciality.  Along with the interview content, we will include a community focus section, news, highlights and discuss upcoming events.

The EPIC Podcast by Canterbury Tech can be found on iTunes and Spotify.
Not sure how to subscribe to a podcast?  – click here for article

You can find all current and past EPIC Podcast episodes on our website here or by bookmarking our page


The Canterbury Tech Cluster (Canterbury Software Inc.) is Canterbury’s leading professional association dedicated to advancing innovation, commercialisation and export.  It aims to develop globally successful technology companies through collaboration and education for businesses small and large. The non-profit organisation is run by a voluntary committee and has over 200 members.

Dave Sewell on Leadership in Business and beating Stress

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Dave has been studying leadership and the key elements that make up a good leader.  As well as that his focus is to understand stress and what that does to leaders, in both good and bad ways.  In this interview we talk about his origins in Scotland, what brought him to New Zealand, his entrepreneurial journey and his work today.  Dave has a new book coming out later this year so we get a bit of a previous of what sort of topics it is going to cover as well.


The book is being published in September 2019 Safe Leadership – Beating Stress to Drive Performance which is a culmination of his research, experience and observations in leadership over the last 20 years.  The link to find out more about the book is

Matariki: Bic Runga Live in the Great Hall

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Critically acclaimed Kiwi musician Bic Runga, the first resident in The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora’s newly restored Creative Residencies programme, is performing a special concert to raise funds for the centre’s ongoing post-quake restoration.

The globally renowned musician is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most loved and treasured artists. Her many accolades include being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in 2006 and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as almost every musical honour in Aotearoa, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll song-writing award.

Tickets to this not-to-be-missed fundraiser concert are $100 to $125 each.

For an extra-special experience, tickets including entry into an exclusive post-concert Meet the Artist event with Bic, plus wine and canapés, are $225 (limited to 15 people). This special event is generously sponsored by Georges Road Wines.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Buy tickets

Date: Friday 5 July 2019

Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Venue: Great Hall, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch.

Concert general admission $100 and $125, concert + Meet the Artist event $225. Tickets go on sale on Friday 24 May 2019 at 10.00am.

Techweek19 event – Smart cities – What are they and how can we get there?

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019



 When – TUESDAY 21 MAY 1:00PM – 2:30PM

Free event

Hear from one of NZ’s leading Smart City Practitioners, who explores how data and new technologies can make our cities smarter, safer places for us to live, work & play.

What’s it all about?

Following on from last year’s popular Techweek event in Dunedin, SIGNAL ICT Grad School is pleased to bring to Christchurch an event featuring Wellington’s Tim Packer,  who explores how data and new technologies can make our cities smart, safe places for us to live, work & play.

This session will cover:

What is a Smart City?

Do we really need Smarter Cities and are they here yet?

What’s working and what’s not?

Tim Packer, co-founder of BucketLabs and former head of Smart City Solutions at NEC NZ Ltd will take you on a journey into an emerging toolkit of new technologies being applied for smart city purpose, give a critical assessment of the overall progress being made by the smart city movement, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

Tim will also offer an alternative view and practical approach that may facilitate the next major breakthroughs required to ‘move the meter’ on smart city ambitions.

This session includes plenty of time for questions from the audience, but seats are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tech Marketers Group: Through the looking glass on Marketing Automation

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Not your usual filtered view of marketing automation – our panel reflects on what they wouldn’t do, could they do it all over again.

What’s it all about?

We’re going through the ‘looking glass’ on marketing automation!

One of the biggest challenges facing marketers in technology companies is how to make budgets go further. Marketing Automation has become a big part of this but like all technology solutions there are any number of pitfalls and headaches in selecting, implementing, setting up and managing a marketing automation solution.

This “through the looking glass” panel session is an opportunity to learn from experienced digital marketers as to the mistakes they’ve made and successes they’ve had in their Marketing Automation journey. A highly practical session – focused on giving real-life learnings that attendees can directly apply to their organisation – note; no rabbit holes, Mad Hatters or fairy tales involved.


Date -MONDAY 20 MAY 4:00PM – 5:30PM


Techweek19-20-26 May

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Did you know?

The Canterbury tech sector employs 15,000 people within the region, contributing a massive $2.4 billion to our GDP.

New Zealand’s week-long festival of innovation, featuring diverse and exciting tech events, is fast approaching and new events are being added daily.

Techweek19 showcases cutting edge technology and amplifies brilliant local ideas that are solving the biggest global challenges – innovation that’s good for the world!

It’s a chance for everyone to explore a wide range of tech-related career opportunities in one of the fastest growing sectors internationally and in Christchurch.

We encourage you to explore. Be curious. Check out more than forty Techweek19 events from May 20th to May 26th.

Christchurch event highlights include:
Impact of Technology on Health Care
Designing Solutions for the 21st Century
Emerging Tech in Health 2019 – better healthcare through data analytics
Location Intelligence 2019
SouthMACH 2019

To learn more about Techweek19 events, click here.


Monday, May 6th, 2019


Pitch & Pizza is an event for start ups who are looking for investment in the next two
to six months.

The event is a relaxed “dragons den” format with panellists from the Canterbury
innovation ecosystem, providing Q&A on what is an investible pitch.

The primary objective is to provide start ups with the knowledge and direction
that is required to pitch to Investor groups
The events additional benefits are:
• Start ups have a “stepping stone” to investibility.
• Investors can preview future deal flows
• Begins to build investor groups around start ups
• Encourages mentors to reach out to start ups
• Encourages the stakeholders of the local ecosystem to collaborate
• Allows potential start ups to understand the process and expectations around
capital raising
• Helps build community and “buzz” around the ecosystem

Don’t miss out and register here.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Gabby Addington on

Startup Breakfast Club: Startup Accelerators

Monday, May 6th, 2019


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 venture forward. This month’s Breakfast Club’s theme is startup acceleration at all its stages.

Whether you join an accelerator, partner with others to gain speed and greater access to market or gain valuable insights from mentors who have been there and can help you navigate the quickest path to success, acceleration is a crucial phase of your venture’s cycle.

Come along to Startup Breakfast Club to hear from seasoned veterans who will share their best tips and experience for accelerating your startup.

There’ll be free flowing coffee and breakfast as usual, so secure your spot by registering for this FREE event today (click here)!

The Startup Breakfast Club is ALWAYS sold out in advance, so register early to make sure you don’t miss out. Register by Wednesday 22nd of May.

PS. While this event will always be free, we only distribute a select number of tickets. So if you think you might not make it, please do NOT book.

Concentrate Ltd presents-Growth Hacks for Tech Sales & Marketing Teams – Could you drive faster growth internationally?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

We’ve crunched the numbers from our 2018 Market Measures survey so that your tech business can gain insight into how to grow through sales and marketing.

At the upcoming Techweek festival, Concentrate’s CEO Owen Scott will be presenting the 9 growth hacks we’ve identified from analysing data from 300+ Kiwi tech companies in a 60 minute webinarGrowth Hacks for Sales & Marketing Teams: Could your teams drive faster growth internationally? will focus on what we’ve uncovered from benchmarking high growth Kiwi firms against their US counterparts.


The growth hacks are specific recommendations to help your tech company grow, based on the data we’ve gathered.


You can register for the webinar here, and it’s free. If you have any questions about it, or about the Market Measures report, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.



Yours sincerely,


Greg Williamson

Limitless have a Part Time job vacancy

Monday, April 29th, 2019


Limitless is an organization with a mission to equip young New Zealanders to lead lives of passion and purpose. Founded in 2016, they run programs with an aspiration to empower young people for greater agency for their pathways to purposeful work – work that aligns with their strengths and values. They have developed and delivered several conferences and other programs for high school students throughout Canterbury, and have had 730 young people from 32 schools take part over the past three years. Limitless are currently calling for expressions of interest in a Co-Operations Lead role, 25 hours a week based in Central Christchurch. This role, focused around event management and other organizational skills – will be key in the operations team to deliver a portfolio of exciting programs in 2019! Find out more in the attached role description. Check out their work at and

Here is the role description

IT Support for The Canterbury Muslim Community Trust (CMCT)

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

We are all reeling from the Mosque tragedy on the 15th of March and many in the Canterbury tech community have been asking how they can help the Muslim families and community. CMCT reached out to Canterbury Tech asking for help to implement information systems for their fast evolving projects.

CMCT has identified 4 general projects that require IT expertise:

  1. DonationsWhatsApp  CMCT contact: Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed. CRM systems are being identified to track and distribute donations.   As these discussions progress, support for configuring, securing, and porting will become clearer. Likely skills needed: CRM, security, data migration, QA, API, IT system management.
  2. Social media and web siteWhatsApp CMCT contact: Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed. CMCT wants to upgrade its website and social media presence. They are looking for expertise to create and maintain a web page and to set up and configure social media tools. Ara Design school has already said they will contribute web design work. Likely skills needed: web design, testing,  implementation and support, social media skills,
  3. Database and Help deskWhatsApp  CMCT contact: Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed. Many people are offering assistance to the Christchurch Muslim community and they have many ongoing needs. These requests and needs are currently being tracked ad-hoc using spreadsheets.  A database of requests, needs and support already provided is needed. A bonus would be a help desk system so offers of help and requests for help can be reliably tracked and progressed. Likely skills needed: Help desk design and implementation, database expertise, security. This project may benefit from an interface to support requestors, support offerors and maybe “case workers” as we are likely to establish some liaison roles.
  4. General discussion around IT supportWhatsApp CMCT contact: Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed. This group is for non-project specific IT discussions among CMCT and the Canterbury IT helpers.

If you would like to know more or contribute, please join one of Whatsapp groups.  Please identify yourself and your organisation when you sign in.

Each project has a CMCT team and CMCT project manager.  These projects are in a state of flux and IT needs are urgent. If you would like to help and you have suitable skills and experience, the Whatsapp channels are a simple way to contact CMCT, in a way that does not overburden CMCT volunteers. CMCT is managing the projects and will use WhatsApp to manage the volunteers concerned and any follow on.


Wil McLellan on co founding EPIC

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019


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Monday, April 1st, 2019


Join us at our upcoming monthly event on Tuesday 2nd April at Vodafone Xone. This will be a commemorative event for our Tech Community to remember the lives of the victims of the Christchurch Terrorist Attack, 15 March 2019.

We will come together to acknowledge those we have lost, connect with each other and share our thoughts on how we as a tech community can influence or bring about positive change.

When: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Time: 5.30pm to 7:30pm
Cost: Free for members, $25 for non-members.
Venue: Vodafone – Xone

Outline of the evening:

5:30 pm Networking, drinks, nibbles & generate some initial ideas for areas of focus (unconference style).

6:00 pm Welcome, Canterbury Tech Chair (David Carter)

We will have special Canterbury Tech member Tributes for:


  Atta ElayyanLWA Solutions                             Syed Jahandad AliInterge


This will be followed by further discussions of areas of focus and attempting to coalesce around a few to follow-through on.

7:00 pm Networking, drinks and nibbles

7:30 pm Event closes

Cost: Free for Canterbury Tech members, $25 for non-members

If you wish to make a donation, Give-a-Little pages have been set up to help Atta Elayyan’s and Syed Jahandad Ali’s families directly.



Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Techweek19 is fast approaching and we would love to see a range diverse and exciting of events happening locally! Running from 20—26 May 2019 nationwide. Get involved!

Techweek19 Key Dates
5 FEBRUARY | General Event Submissions Open
27 MARCH | Techweek19 Programme Launch and the start of the nationwide marketing campaign
8 APRIL | Event Submissions Close
20-26 MAY | Techweek19

Discussion Forum

Remember to get on the Techweek19 Discussion Forum to talk to your regional coordinator, other event organisers, and connect with the wider tech network. You can find available venues and speakers, or just bounce some ideas around.

Why get involved?

– Techweek’s nationwide marketing campaign includes a digital campaign with targeted content across all Techweek channels, and nationwide physical presence in the form of outdoor advertising and the programme flyer.

– Leverage the Techweek brand and assets on your website, newsletters, and even your venue to showcase yourself as an official Techweek event.

– Connect with our extensive network to build on your own, without doing the hard yards. Get social and tag us @techweeknz to extend your reach and audience (we’re social butterflies, so you’ll find us with that handle on most platforms).

– Looking for an expert in a particular area? The Techweek team has plenty of thought leaders and keynote speakers on speed dial.

– Upskill yourself with our helpful video series and resources on how to run a great event and become a social guru.

 iTICKET has been confirmed as the Techweek19 Official Ticketing Partner, which means event organisers will have access to preferential ticketing rates and hands-on support from the iTICKET team. The ticketing system will integrate with event listings on our website and all events will also feature on iTICKET’s website to boost the exposure. Review their fees here.

– The Techweek Team’s promotional activity runs all year round, not just during Techweek. If you’re running events throughout the year, or would like to, this is a good starting point to connect with us and see what support we can give you.

– Engage with our Techweek Regional Coordinators who can help with making local connections and provide hands-on support throughout the event planning and delivery stages.

– Joining the Techweek event organiser community means connecting in to a nationwide network of inspiring movers and shakers who are helping strengthen the innovation ecosystem in New Zealand. The Techweek platform harnesses the power of the community to help you make your event the best it can be, by connecting you with the people you need to make it happen (whether you’re after a free venue, cool speakers, or even someone to bring along the coffee).

Techweek19 Event Listing Fee

The team has been working through some ways in which Techweek can become self-funding. While we have government funding through to the end of Techweek19, we want to ensure its continuation. We want to make sure we can extend the festival’s success and continue to give back to the grassroots organisers – which is why it is still free for startups, community groups, charities, and schools.

Event Listing Fees

Please note all prices are per event listing 

Organisation Category
Standard Fee
NZTech Alliance Member
Major Corporates $2,000 $1000
Large Corporates $1,500 $500
Medium Corporates, Universities $1,000 FREE
Small Corporates, Polytechnics, Established Conferences $500 FREE
Medium Business $100 FREE
 Small Business $50 FREE
Start ups FREE FREE
Government / Local EDAs FREE FREE
Community groups FREE FREE
Charities FREE FREE
Other Please contact Techweek at to discuss



Scale-Up New Zealand is set to speed up innovation and the growth of innovative businesses in Aoteoroa New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Would you like your business to network better with funders, incubators, accelerators, multinationals and other businesses, both in NZ and overseas?  In April 2019 Callaghan Innovation will launch Scale-Up New Zealand, a free online platform that will showcase NZ’s vibrant innovation ecosystem to the world.

Would you like your business to network better with funders, incubators, accelerators, multinationals and other businesses, both in NZ and overseas?
In April 2019 Callaghan Innovation will launch Scale-Up New Zealand, a free online platform that will showcase NZ’s vibrant innovation ecosystem to the world.

What is Scale-Up NZ?

Created from a model that is hugely successful overseas, Scale-Up NZ will make it faster and easier for ambitious businesses to find and connect with the people, capital and other help they need to innovate and grow, here and offshore. It will also create opportunities for investors and multinationals to connect with innovative NZ businesses.

Tūhura: Find

The platform will enable users to find the accurate information they need, when they need it, in multiple ways. Users can get the inside track by diving into verified details of the latest investments, deals and start-ups, and can navigate the ecosystem to explore new technology and business trends. For more in-depth analysis users can browse for specific information using the platform’s comprehensive search feature. They will also be able to use advanced search options to filter companies by business model, funding stage, location, product stage and more.

Tūhono: Connect

Users will be able to find key contacts for businesses they’re interested in and ask for facilitated introductions to key people – extending networks and helping create connections that matter. Contact requests will be mediated to ensure their mutual value.

Turuki: Grow

Similar networks overseas are growth engines for ambitious companies and national economies. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Scale-Up NZ will supercharge innovation and help build world-beating businesses and a better future for our children.

Join now

If you want your company’s profile to be published on Scale-Up NZ, you can now access the site to upload your business details, providing your company or entity meets one or more of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your company is innovative, ambitious and was founded or is headquartered in NZ. It should offer something new or operate in a unique way and intends to grow, evolve or disrupt the status quo.
  • Investors are individuals or business entities that invest in innovative NZ companies.
  • Incubators support seed and early-stage start-ups, and actively invest in and help commercialise complex technologies. Incubators should aim to take concepts to the next level by building a business around the technology and taking it global.
  • Accelerators operate a company development programme for a batch or cohort, in which companies are selected for participation. These programmes last for a defined period that usually concludes with a demo day or pitch event.
  • Entrepreneurship programmes offer a company or founder development programme that focuses on entrepreneurial skills and/or supports the commercialisation of innovation.
  • Co-working spaces are office complexes that encourage collaboration between resident companies.

To be included in Scale-Up NZ, you must be a legitimate, active and registered business or entity, searchable on a register administered and maintained by the NZ Companies Office (including the charitable trust, incorporated society and limited partnerships registers).

To upload your company details, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Visit the Scale-Up NZ website
  • Click on ‘Sign up for free’ to create an account, using either a Google or LinkedIn account
  • Once you have created your account, click on your profile in the top right corner and then select ‘Add your company’
  • Follow the instructions to upload information about your organisation (please don’t include any commercially sensitive data or information that you don’t want to be seen publicly).

The Scale-Up NZ team will then review your uploaded content to ensure it meets our data standards, and will contact you if any clarification or changes are needed. Your profile will not be published on the platform until it is formally launched in April.

If you have any issues uploading your company information, please contact the Scale-Up NZ team.

Register your interest

If your company does not meet the required criteria (or you do not represent a company), you will still be able to access and use the platform to find and connect with the companies profiled on Scale-Up NZ, once we formally launch.

Register now to be kept in the loop about Scale-Up NZ and our launch in April.

For more information, please contact the Scale-Up NZ team.

Updated:25 February 2019