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

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…

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

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…

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Smart Christchurch Innovation Expo 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…

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Australian VCs in Chch

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:…

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Lightning Lab Tourism Demo Day

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.

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

Concentrate is the only agency in Australia and New Zealand to reach HubSpot Diamond Partner and HubSpot Master Trainer status. Find out more here: https://hubs.ly/H0jX9Tx0 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…

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The anatomy of a tech marketing superstar

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…

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

  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…

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Matariki: Bic Runga Live in the Great Hall

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…

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

  Venue – SIGNAL ICT GRADUATE SCHOOL, 181 HIGH ST, CHRISTCHURCH CENTRAL  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?…

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Tech Marketers Group: Through the looking glass on Marketing Automation

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…

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Techweek19-20-26 May

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…

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PITCH AND PIZZA

  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…

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

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 webinar. Growth Hacks for Sales…

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IT Support for The Canterbury Muslim Community Trust (CMCT)

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…

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Wil McLellan on co founding EPIC

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CANTERBURY TECH COMMUNITY REMEMBERS…Tuesday 2nd April at Vodafone Xone.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER 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…

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Techweek19

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…

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

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,…

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Callaghan Innovation Student Grants Roadshow – 9 April, Christchurch

Helping recruit fresh skills and talent to drive innovation in your business. Are you in the market for additional staff to augment your current R&D team or access new skills to advance your product innovation? Callaghan Innovation’s Student Grants are a great way to access new expertise or take on a blue-sky project. The Callaghan…

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Christchurch tragedy-related scams and attacks

From Canterbury Tech On behalf of Cert NZ we have been asked to share this press please share to your own networks to spread as wide as possible CERT NZ has received reports of different opportunistic online scams and attacks in the wake of the tragic events in Christchurch last week. These reports include: online donation…