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Ministry of Awesome Coffee & Jam #307

August 6, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1. Vinay Varma – 

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Vinay is the CEO and  co-founder of Vinay has more than 22 years of experience in the ICT industry spanning 7 countries. Over the years, Vinay has worked as a developer to a senior manager, and the highlight of his career has been his experience as a Blackboard consultant for over 8 years. Vinay implemented e-learning solutions in universities and K12 schools across the United States; he was part of the team that implemented Parent Portal in Fairfax County Public Schools in 2004-05, which was the first implementation of an integrated platform for parents with the Learning Management System.

Vinay will be talking about; a conversation focused platform for parents and teachers to improve parent involvement thereby building a bright future for children.

2. Reuben Bijl – Smudge

unnamed10Reuben Bijl is a pioneer in mobile app development. Eleven years ago, Reuben and his business partner Toby Vincent founded Smudge Apps when the iPhone had just landed in New Zealand. Following a string of hits on the App Store and over 8 million global downloads, Smudge started designing award-winning mobile solutions for the enterprise. Today their clients include Coca Cola, Vodafone and New Zealand Police. Reuben will examine the elements that make a great software experience, with a particular focus on usability.



Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and fresh bakery bread.

If you have an idea you’d like to pitch get in touch with Milena at







August 6, 2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


EPIC Innovation Centre
76/106 Manchester St
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011 New Zealand
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