Register now for EdTech for Export 2014!

The national EdTech conference – eT4e Edtech for Export – will be held in Wellington from 19 – 20 June 2014. It is for individuals and organisations who want to understand and be part of the business growth and export opportunities in EdTech. It will showcase export success stories, provide global EdTech world views and discuss investment and business development opportunities.

Keynote Speakers:

Lee Wilson, CEO – Filament Games (United States)
Dr Erkii Sutinen, Head of EdTech Research Group – University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
Jan Zawadski, Founder – Hapara (United States)
Jennifer Carolan, Managing Director – New Schools Venture Fund (United States)

For more information please visit here

Registration is now open!

Early bird registration – $220 + GST

Register here

The Project: Digital Disruption, 30 April & 1 May

The Project, is a two-day event for those who wish to explore the boundaries of the digital world! Attendees will hear from over 30 international and local speakers on how digital disruption is changing the way we live, work and play.

The unique structure allows for exploration of topics on a conceptual, inspirational and practical level, and brings together innovators and world-class minds from the Pacific Rim and further afield — some blazing with huge ideas and others who have already made their ideas real.

30 April & 1 May
AUT University
Conference Centre
For the full programme and to register visit here 


IBM Codename: BlueMix, 4 June

Technology is the #1 critical imperative for businesses – those who can harness the cloud and move toward a composable business stands to reap significant benefits.

Learn about IBM’s new cloud development platform, Codename: BlueMix.

As part of this workshop you will be able to:

• Learn the fundamentals of building and deploying your application in the Cloud

• Work with BlueMix experts on how to use the product and deploy or migrate your application

• Help shape BlueMix with your input and feedback

What is BlueMix?

BlueMix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Capabilities include Java, mobile backend development, application monitoring, as well as capabilities from ecosystem and open source partners— all through an as-a-service model in the cloud. BlueMix gives you the opportunity to deploy your application and have it running in just a matter of hours.

Who should attend?

The class is open to Born on the Cloud Entrepreneurs, Mobile Developers, the startup community and those working in DevOps.


Wednesday 4 June, 2014

5.30pm – 8pm (beer & pizza supplied)
EPIC, 76 – 106 Manchester Street, Christchurch.

Register here.

Yoobee Web Design Bootcamp

Do you want to get into the web industry or feel like adding to your skill-set?

Yoobee School of Design is offering a 12 week, intensive Web Design Bootcamp from 19 May – 11 August 2014. The course covers:


• CSS3 (including responsive grid frameworks and media queries)

• JavaScript and Jquery

• Phonegap prototyping

• W3C coding practices

• Development for multiple screens and devices

• Essential design principles for Web; layout, typography, colour

• Time as an extra dimension of design

• Interactive design

• Non static design

• UX (User Experience) Design

• Photoshop and other design software options

• Design for multiple screens and devices

Please see here for more information.

Software failure and procurement research

IT Professionals NZ are undertaking significant research into the impact of software procurement on IT project failure and would like your input.

The research explores what software factors and characteristics are responsible for project failure, then analyses whether different approaches to procurement in New Zealand might mitigate these factors. The intention is to determine whether there is evidence that alternative approaches, such as non-price based procurement, would lead to more successful outcomes for software projects than the existing procurement models.

As part of this research, a very short survey has been released looking into several of these factors in New Zealand.

This survey is for those who:

1. Have been, or currently are, involved in software development in any context or role, OR

2. Have been involved in any way in responding to IT-related procurement or tender requests.

It is important that this research is informed with broad views from right across the sector, and for this reason we would ask that everyone reading this who fits within these two categories take the time to respond.

Click here to complete the short survey.

IBM HealthXL Event – Melbourne 07 May 2014

HealthXL is the world’s truly global digital health mentor network. The program is backed by leading corporations including IBM, GSK, Novartis, Cleveland Clinic and Silicon Valley Bank. HealthXL works with the most ambitious healthcare startups from around the world, helping them to create and nurture the innovative ideas and technologies that are going to transform the world’s healthcare systems.

The HealthXL Global Gathering is a special occasion for those who believe that digital health can change the world. Attendees at the event come from all over the globe, providing a unique opportunity for the leaders of digital health innovation to connect and collaborate. This is the overriding message of the event: digital health is about connecting and communicating ideas and knowledge with and to each other. Through this, innovation will accelerate the world over and transform the way we live.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: York Butter Factory, 62-66 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

To register and for further information please see here.

GO GLOBAL – 2 May 2014

This year, GO GLOBAL is combining with EPIC NZ to help maximise and boost your export growth opportunities.

Hear from fellow Kiwis who have sustained business success abroad, and who have cultural knowledge, roots and connections in overseas markets.

This is a rare opportunity to interact with exporting experts while learning about country-specific elements essential for success.

EARLY BIRD OFFER: Member tickets available for $129 +GST. Offer ends Thursday, 10th April Book today!

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Two Trade Missions with ExportNZ

Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei

ExportNZ in conjunction with EuroFair Ltd are organising a trade mission to Hong Kong, Taipei and Macao for July 2014.

Departing Akl-Taipei Sat July 12th

Departing HK-Akl Tues July 22nd

ExportNZ are now seeking Expressions of Interest. If you have any questions or are keen to be involved, please email:

Indonesia – Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya

ExportNZ in conjunction with ASEAN NZ Business Council will be maintaining the momentum gained from the 2013 trade mission to Indonesia with a return visit this year proposed for August/September.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from companies that would like to participate.

If you have any questions or are keen to be involved, please email:

Canterbury Digital Participation Survey – we want to hear from you

A number of partners across Canterbury (including CDC) are developing a Canterbury Digital Strategy. Ultra-fast broadband and the rural broadband initiative (RBI) is being rolled out in our region. It is expected that fast broadband will impact all of our lives in a positive way – for example through improved business productivity, engaging more people in education, providing a more seamless health service and enabling us to enjoy better quality entertainment, when and where we want it.

We would like to hear from you about how you currently use the internet, what the blockers are for you using it more and what would make your lives easier in using the internet.

The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and the results will be used to help develop a Canterbury Digital Strategy to help us increase our knowledge, uptake, usage and benefits of digital technology within the region.

All responses are entirely confidential.

You can also join the conversation and hear more about the outcomes by joining the Facebook group – Canterbury Digital Strategy or LinkedIn group Canterbury Digital Leadership.

Thank you for supporting this initiative.

Click here to participate

Seismics and the City 2014 – Building Momentum

When: Friday 28th March

Where: Rydges Latimer,


By mentioning Canterbury Software Cluster when registering for the third annual Seismics and the City forum Building Momentum you will qualify for the appropriate group discount, either early bird or standard, depending when you register.

The event commences with a networking breakfast followed by local and central government, business and media perspectives on Canterbury’s post quake recovery and rebuild. See outline below or visit Seismics and the City.

Seismics and the City 2014 Building Momentum will be the third forum in an annual series focussing on the re-building and revitalisation of Greater Christchurch in the wake of the earthquakes of 2010-11.

With the rebuild ramping up this is a timely opportunity for representatives of public, private and community organisations to update themselves regarding latest developments, provide feedback, share strategies, build relationships and network with purpose.