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The Agile Facilitator 2 Day Workshop

27th & 28th November, 9am to 5pm, Christchurch

Following very positive feedback received after Kay Johnson’s workshop at the Canterbury Tech summit we’d like to highlight this upcoming Agile workshop.

Are you able to address the dysfunctional behaviours you see preventing your team from achieving maximum success? How easy is it for you to achieve consensus among your team to make faster decisions? This two-day workshop will empower you with very in-demand Agile facilitation skills and techniques you need to enhance productivity among your teams. Get your own customised facilitator self-development plan by NZ’s Agile leaders.

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We’re looking for a part time Event Coordinator

Canterbury Tech are looking for a part time event coordinator to support the management committee in the end-to-end delivery of the annual Canterbury Tech Summit.

The Summit is the South Island’s largest technology conference with over 700 attendees and a key event on the sector’s calendar nationally. Having run annually for 16 years, the event has a long history and strong reputation as a high quality, must-attend event. The Summit’s main aim is to promote, celebrate and showcase Canterbury’s tech sector.

  • 10 – 30 hours per week – 1 year contract
  • South Islands Largest Annual Tech Conference
  • Flexible work hours – exciting role, self-managing

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan event from start to finish
  • Come up with suggestions to enhance the event’s success
  • Prepare budgets and ensure adherence
  • Source and negotiate with vendors and suppliers
  • Manage sponsorship activation / ensure delivery of sponsor value
  • Coordinate all operations
  • Lead all marketing promotional activities for the event
  • Coordinate event branding & design
  • Supervise all staff
  • Approve all aspects before the day of the event
  • Ensure event is completed and step up to resolve any problems that might occur
  • Analyze the event’s success and prepare reports

What you will need to be successful in this role:

  • Proven experience as an Event Manager
  • Skilled in project management
  • Knowledge of KPIs and marketing techniques for event management
  • Computer savvy; proficient in MS Office
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation ability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A knack for problem-solving
  • Customer-service orientation
  • A team player with leadership skills

Not essential but good to have:

  • Website maintenance experience
  • Direct email marketing experience
  • Design skills
  • An understanding of the technology landscape
  • Event management software
  • Speaker curation

What’s in it for you:

You will be directly involved in shaping and growing the Canterbury Tech Sector community profile. You will enjoy autonomy and the freedom to create, innovate and deliver solutions that will benefit the region. You will be able to take Canterbury Tech to yet another level! You will have the support of an awesome committee and a loyal member community. The remuneration package reflects importance of this key positions and you will be pleased with what is on offer.  This position is part time with flexibility around days / hours worked but there is a requirement to be involved full time for several days around the Summit event in mid-September 2019.

Who is hiring:

The Canterbury Tech Cluster is a non-profit membership organisation helping Canterbury’s Tech sector succeed at home and worldwide.  The Cluster helps individuals and companies to connect, be inspired and grow.

The Cluster’s activities are led by a voluntary committee supported by a part-time General Manager and Operations Manager.  Activities include monthly speaker events and the annual Canterbury Tech Summit, the South Island’s largest Tech Conference that brings together leaders in innovation, technology and business to share ideas, grow their network and be inspired.

Apply here

For initial confidential inquiries about this outstanding opportunity and to register your interest please contact Heidi Griffiths on heidi@crescent.co.nz or apply online here with your CV and covering letter stating reference 1133.

We’re looking for a part time General Manager

Join the team!

We have taken the decision to hire a part time GM for the Tech Cluster. While we are very proud of what we achieve as a volunteer committee we also realise that time is of the essence in executing on our strategic goals. Christchurch is now the second largest tech sector in New Zealand and growing rapidly, we need to keep up the momentum and our positioning of Christchurch as a city of tech innovation and opportunity. We would also like to ensure the longevity of the Tech Cluster that comes with the continuity of having paid staff.

The advert for the position is included below, if you know anyone who would be a great fit please encourage them to apply. If you have any concerns about the strategy of hiring a GM please don’t hesitate to make contact with the committee.

Regards,
David

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The Role

The General Manager will lead and support the growth strategy of the Canterbury Tech Cluster through the provision of exceptional leadership that drives profitable returns, growing memberships and improving profile and relationships locally, nationally and internationally.
They will lead activities such as fund and sponsorship generation, growing and diversifying member base and membership revenue. They will also help delivering back into the member community knowledge bases and network opportunities.
The General Manager will report to the Committee and is ultimately accountable to the Canterbury Tech Cluster members.

  • 20 hours per week, initial 1 year contract
  • Use your extensive local tech network
  • Drive growth in membership, profile and financial aspects

Key Responsibilities

  • Driving the overall strategy (with input from the committee)
  • Improve internal Cluster operation
  • Being the face of the organisation
  • Engaging with the industry to represent the Cluster both locally and nationally
  • Having their finger on the pulse of the tech sector
  • Managing and leveraging partnering opportunities to deliver value to our members
  • Business development to help grow our sponsor base
  • Driving increased membership and ensuring that all sub groups within the Cluster member base have their needs met
  • Lifting member engagement and bringing the Canterbury Tech sector to the forefront of the broader sector within NZ (and beyond)
  • Increase value delivered to members, measured by increased attendance and NPI scores
  • Improve comms and PR efforts to raise Cluster profile nationally
  • Ensuring Christchurch is recognised as a tech hub nationally, attracting talent to the city is vital.
  • Increasing networking opportunities for our members
  • Increasing the uptake of interns and students by Canterbury employers

What you will need to be successful in this role

  • Proven senior management experience, ideally in tech companies
  • An extensive local or national network within the tech eco-system
  • Strong business development skills, including the ability to close deals
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels of organisations
  • Extensive commercial and financial management skills
  • Proven ability to be a true leader, deal with ambiguity
  • Strategic management experience, preferably within a technology company
  • High energy level with the ability to be responsive, innovative and creative in your approach.

What’s in it for you

You will be directly involved in shaping and growing the Canterbury Tech Sector community profile and this role will become a highlight of your professional portfolio.  You will enjoy autonomy and the freedom to create, innovate and deliver solutions that will benefit the region. You will be able to take Canterbury Tech to yet another level! You will have the support of an awesome committee and a loyal member community. The remuneration package reflects importance of this key positions and you will be pleased with what is on offer.

This position is part time with some flexibility around days / hours worked but there is a requirement to be available after hours at last once a month for meetings.

For initial confidential inquiries about this outstanding opportunity and to register your interest please contact Heidi Griffiths on heidi@crescent.co.nz or apply online here with your CV and covering letter stating reference 1109

Technology that’s good for the world at Canty Tech Summit

18 September 2018

Imagine being born with a condition that prevented you from communicating your thoughts and feelings with the world.

That’s the experience of hundreds of young Cantabrians, but thanks to the positive potential of technology and the big hearts of some local supporters, they’re finding their voices and leading fuller lives.

“There’s a lot of us in the tech community who are trying to find ways to use, design and build technology in ways that help the world,” says Abbie Reid, Studio Manager at Christchurch-based design company, Media Suite.

Reid’s sentiment was echoed by the 700+ attendees at the recent Canterbury Tech Summit, where the theme of technology that’s good for the world was amplified by various exhibitors, sponsors and speakers.

Summit sponsor Media Suite were among the exhibitors, championing a cause that’s close to their hearts with an innovative fundraiser for local children’s charities.

Delegates were given a bright orange LEGO block representing a $10 donation and invited to place them on building board to mark the charity of their choice.

One of these charities was The Champion Centre, a Christchurch-based group dedicated to providing early intervention services to infants and young children with disabilities. The money raised contributed to the centre’s Computer Supported Learning Programme, which enables young people to express themselves with the aid of innovative technologies.

“Some children may never speak and may need to use a computer as primary means of communication,” Reid says. “For other children, the computer is an exciting and highly successful means to enable them to develop the skills needed to access learning opportunities.”

ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Business & Innovation Richard Sandford says Christchurch has a growing reputation as an innovative technology hub, with a strong focus on technologies that make our world a better place to live.

“We’re home to many ordinary Kiwis who are passionate about tech and its ability to make a difference where it’s needed most,” Sandford says.

Simon Wakelin, South Island Regional Sales Manager of summit sponsor, Vocus Communications, says enabling the next generation of young people to access information technologies will go a long way in ensuring they can reach their full potential.

“These community-focused initiatives are powerful investments that are reflective of the genuine desire of our local tech community to make a positive difference in the world,” Wakelin says.

The 2018 Canterbury Tech Summit attracted over 700 speakers from homegrown tech firms including Rocket Lab, Trineo, Cryptopia, RedShield Security, Skilitics, FaceMe, and more.

Community focus at Canterbury Tech Summit with technology that’s good for the world

Imagine being born with a condition that prevented you from communicating your thoughts and feelings with the world.

That’s the experience of hundreds of young Cantabrians, but thanks to the positive potential of technology and the big hearts of some local supporters, they’re finding their voices and leading fuller lives.

“Whether it’s kids learning to write code, technology helping them access learning opportunities, or inspiring future innovators, we’re excited to support causes using tech to do great things for young people,” says Abbie Reid, Special Projects Coordinator at Christchurch-based software development company, Media Suite.

Reid’s sentiment was echoed by the 700+ attendees at the recent Canterbury Tech Summit, where the theme of technology that’s good for the world was amplified by various exhibitors, sponsors and speakers.

Summit sponsor Media Suite were among the exhibitors, championing worthy causes with an innovative fundraiser for Kiwi children’s charities Ministry of Inspiration, Code Club Aotearoa and The Champion Centre.

Delegates were given a bright orange LEGO block representing a $10 donation and invited to place them on building board to mark the charity of their choice. Check out their blog here to see what happened next!

One of these charities is the Champion Centre, a Christchurch-based group dedicated to providing early intervention services to infants and young children with learning disabilities. The money raised contributed to the centre’s Computer Supported Learning Programme, which enables young people to express themselves with the aid of innovative technologies.

“The Champion Centre is a great cause, and really demonstrates the power technology can have to change lives,” Reid says. “We heard so many stories from conference participants whose family members or friends had benefited from the centre and the amazing work it does.”

ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Business & Innovation Richard Sandford says Christchurch has a growing reputation as an innovative technology hub, with a strong focus on technologies that make our world a better place to live.

“We’re home to many extraordinary Kiwis who are passionate about tech and its ability to make a difference where it’s needed most,” Sandford says.

Simon Wakelin, South Island Regional Sales Manager of summit sponsor, Vocus Communications, says enabling the next generation of young people to access information technologies will go a long way in ensuring they can reach their full potential.

“These community-focused initiatives are powerful investments that are reflective of the genuine desire of our local tech community to make a positive difference in the world,” Wakelin says.

The 2018 Canterbury Tech Summit attracted over 700 attendees from homegrown tech firms including Rocket Lab, Trineo, Cryptopia, RedShield Security, Skilitics, FaceMe, and more.

Westpac Champion Supreme Award recognises Seequent’s global expansion and innovation

 

 

 

 

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ – 20 September, 2018Seequent, a developer of revolutionary visual data science software, has been recognised for its global expansion and continued innovation success as the winner of the Supreme Award for medium-large enterprise at last night’s Westpac Champion Business Awards 2018.  Seequent also won the Lyttelton Port Company Champion Exporter Medium/Large Award.

Seequent’s technology enables people to create rich stories and uncover valuable insights from geological data, and ultimately make better decisions about their earth, environment and energy challenges.

Seequent COO Graham Grant says, “These awards are a fantastic acknowledgement for our global team who have shown great passion, skill and dedication to help us achieve new heights.

“This year we’ve established our capability in the civil engineering and environmental industries, launching major new products to the market and completing a major rebrand to reflect this.  We’ve also continued to deliver new innovation for the mining and minerals and geothermal energy industries.  We’re growing quickly and have customers in over 90 countries.”

Seequent is known worldwide for its Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling tools and technology widely applied across industries and projects, including road and rail tunnel construction, groundwater detection and management, geothermal exploration, resource evaluation and estimation.

“Seequent have been delivering innovative solutions for 15 years, and continually raising the bar in the world of visual data science. Combined with their export success this makes them a fantastic recipient of the Medium/Large Supreme Award,” says Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO Leeann Watson.

The Christchurch headquartered company has close to 250 people in 15 locations in its five territories: Asia/Pacific, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe.

The fast pace of tech change is a challenge

OPINION: It’s never been more important to be up with technology.

Having a highly technology literate population will help us play a significant part in the global knowledge economy of the future.

Get it wrong and our economy will lag behind as the world moves more and more into the digital space.

And people who are unable to access information technologies, or who are without the skills to use them, run the risk of being excluded from social, educational, cultural and economic benefits.

Keeping up to speed is not an infrastructure issue for Christchurch – most homes, businesses and schools have phone lines or Enable fibre connections at the gate – but rather a matter of disposable income and access.

It is the cost of buying an entry level computer, tablet or mobile phone, keeping on top of the operational costs, data charges and then making sure that we have the right virus protection, software upgrades and applications to keep up with the pace of change.

So, what can we do about it?

We can amplify the importance of being technology savvy amongst parents, teachers, schools and our peers. We must work collaboratively to create ease of access and act with bold ambition to champion innovation and bring new ideas to life at a civic scale.

The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 is best described as an exponential pace of technology change that will lead to increasingly rapid disruption, fundamentally impacting the way we work and live.

“Disruptive tech” will not only effect production and processes but ultimately will change jobs and economic prosperity.

By disruptive technology I mean invention that changes the way we do things.

Think mobile phones or portable devices, the internet, increasing use of Cloud platforms, advanced robotics, autonomous cars, nanotechnology, 3D printing or virtual reality.

Sound familiar?

That’s because they are already all upon us and we have only scratched the surface of their impact on society.

In contrast to previous revolutions, which were characterised by single advances in mechanisation, we are now facing multiple new technology roll outs in quick succession that combined will impact on all aspects of our professional and personal lives.

For example, virtual reality software being developed in Christchurch will be able to train you to use tools and machines in a near real simulation.

Then think about how this might change traditional education systems.

Here in Christchurch we have an opportunity to come together with global experts and thought leaders to talk about the rapid technological change our world faces in the biggest event for tech in the calendar year.

The annual Canterbury Tech Summit is in Christchurch next week with a theme of Amplify.

Seven hundred of our country’s hardest grafters, STEM masters, logical risk takers, supporters and students will once again converge on Christchurch. Our local tech community will be able to meet together; to collaborate and inspire each other to do better and keep on the cusp of change.

I am assured attendees are guaranteed a fantastic line-up of quality speakers and workshops covering the latest top technological trends from Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and blockchain to cybersecurity.

It’s all about amplifying our efforts, collaborating to do things better, faster and more efficiently.

It is a given that more jobs will be replaced by learning computers and this will extend into fields that have not historically been vulnerable to technology advances.

By contemplating the change, providing access, amplifying the message and educating, we can also explore new opportunities.

The pace of change should be considered an opportunity, one we need to collectively embrace and harness.

Technology will continue to affect us all – professionally and personally at a growing pace – and next week will be another opportunity to amplify that message.

The fourth industrial revolution is here. We all need to get ready.

Richard Sandford is ChristchurchNZ’s general manager of innovation and business growth

Christchurch Tech Summit to ‘amplify’ innovation

Once an annual barbeque, the summit is now one of New Zealand’s biggest conferences.

The Christchurch Tech Summit will take place on September 12.

With the theme of “amplify”, Canterbury Tech is hoping to build on last year’s theme of “growth” and help businesses to accelerate that growth.

Communications & Events Manager at Canterbury Tech Nina Lamb said the theme applied leadership, team building and culture.

Lamb said that the summit is connector for people in the Christchurch tech sector, which is the second largest tech sector in New Zealand. It contributes $2.4 billion of GDP and exports $1.1 billion annually, which Lamb attributed to its unique nature within the South Island.

She referred to an example where a lawyer and an entrepreneur met and developed software for legal help. “Bringing people together in one room for a day of learning, of sharing ideas. That’s really what this event does.”

While Canterbury tech regularly host smaller monthly events, they said this one occasion will see people from across the country come together to share and facilitate networking.

“I think the main difference to other events is the amazing breadth of who we have attending,” Lamb said. Described as a cross-section of everyone in the sector, she said everyone from students at one end to senior executives at the other, and all the developers in the middle.

Connecting at this scale and having a place to celebrate Canterbury technology are among a number of reasons she believed this event is not to be missed.

The conference is split into three streams, with three speakers talking at any one time. The streams focus on business, applied technology and homegrown businesses. The summit’s keynote speaker is Harold Hillman, a leadership coach.

Another presence that has generated excitement is Cryptopia, a small start-up company in Christchurch that exchange over 400 cryptocurrencies. Starting out with two people in December 2014, it has now grown to include a UK office and employ over 100 people, with over 2 million users worldwide.

The easiest way to register for the September 12 event is on their website www.techsummit.nz.

As well as the afternoon event, there will also be workshops in the morning focusing on diving deep into particular topics, including artificial intelligence. These require separate registration through the same site.

The event will be held at the Air Force Museum in Wigram, Christchurch on September 12.

Doors will open at 11.30am, before the formal program commences at 12.45pm.


This article was published by Isaac Gunson on MetroNews (25.08.2018).

Breaking the bottleneck

The world is increasingly reliant on technology. It impacts daily life in almost every way; communication, entertainment, housing and lifestyle, finance, healthcare, education and travel to name a few. The demands on businesses responsible for delivering solutions to enable and enhance these aspects of daily life are also increasing. And this means the demands on these businesses to continuously develop and improve the quality of software also continues to grow.

The wide adoption of Agile and DevOps as highly productive methods of delivering innovative applications and services has enabled many organisations to be more responsive, at a lower cost. And it is becoming more acceptable nowadays for significant time and budget to be invested in resources to transform development operations in terms of tooling, training and coaching.

But still, many organisations are operating in the past.

Despite all the advancements in software development, software testing remains dominated by yesterday’s tools, which no longer meet the needs of today’s accelerated development process.

The legacy tools and methods of software testing often result in a bottleneck, and in fact, many organisations tell us that software testing and quality assurance cause the largest bottleneck to implementing DevOps. The result is process that is a frustratingly slow to market and costs that are increasing.

Transforming testing for the modern era.

The reality is that testing is a cross-functional activity that involves the whole team and should be done continuously from the beginning of the project. Key to this is understanding the role of a tester and what type of testing should be performed for the project at hand. Distinguishing testing tasks for all phases of delivery is also a critical component.

Automation is a tenet of DevOps. Tests are generally written up front before development starts, with agreement between the developer and a user representative. Automated testing enables higher quality results by identifying problems earlier and reducing manual effort. It has great ability to lower costs, increase speed, improve quality and accelerate digital transformation.

Business processes can also be automated.

But it’s not just software development that can greatly benefit from automation. Many executives we talk to are challenged with scaling up staffing levels, improving employee productivity and reducing manual tasks and errors, providing consistent and strong user experiences and integrating existing applications and software without creating custom APIs or using costly integration software. And all while maintaining an acceptable level of operational cost.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the automation of manual business processes, best targeted at high-volume, repetitive or mundane tasks.  It enables the automation of a large percentage of business processes without requiring expensive IT integration. It sits on top of an organisation’s IT infrastructure enabling the implementation of technology quickly and efficiently because many workflows simply require data to be transferred from one system to another.

RPA has proven to be an effective tool in situations where organisations have high volumes of rule-based transactions and processes that are prone to error due to the complexity or disparity of systems, or simply due to human error when conducting repetitive tasks. Organisations with processes that require 24/7 support or with budget limitations that constrain significant system upgrades or replacements can also benefit greatly from RPA.

Change is inevitable.

Whatever your business, whatever your processes there is one thing that is inevitable – change. The world is moving too fast not to jump onboard the train. But the good news is that there’s help available regardless of the maturity of your business processes. So, don’t be shy, embrace change and enjoy the great outcomes technology can enable.


This blog post was submitted by Grant Borrie, Executive Director of TTC. The Testing Consultancy is a Silver Sponsor at this year’s Canterbury Tech Summit.