Lessons in Angel Investing – 11 June

Join us for this upcoming presentation. Three high profile Angel Investment experts will talk about their lessons from the Angel investment scene in New Zealand. This is also a great opportunity to meet likeminded local investors and entrepreneurs.

When: Wednesday 11th June. 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: EPIC Innovation Centre, 78-100 Manchester St, Christchurch

For more info and to RSVP visit here.


Suse Reynolds is Executive Director of the New Zealand Angel Association and also a Director of Wellington-based Angel group AngelHQ. Suse says that she is driven by her enthusiasm to play a key role in the promotion of New Zealand excellence and is a passionate believer in the power of angel investment to generate world changing businesses.

Dave Moskovitz is a professional director and early-stage investor, and has invested in a large number of startups including The Appreciation Engine (formerly MusicHype), ShowGizmo, Ponoko, 8interactive, Publons, Expander, LearnKo, WIP and others. His Wellington-based company WebFund invests in and nurtures companies from concept through to investment and execution. He is also a member of Angel HQ, Wellington’s angel investment club, and organises the Lean Startup Wellington meetup. Dave has been called “the godfather of Wellington startups”.

Julian Carver is a Christchurch-based ICT strategy leader with a focus on commercialisation of publicly funded research, startup ICT companies, and angel and venture capital investment. He is a venture partner in NZ Capital Strategies, and is chairperson of the Return on Science ICT Investment Committee.

2014 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

The American Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of the 2014 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States.

This award will be presented annually to a person, group of people or organization who have made significant contributions to strengthening the bonds between the people of New Zealand and the United States. The contributions can be made in any field that complements the deep political and economic ties between New Zealand and the USA, including education, science, research, culture, arts and sports.

“The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their achievements,” says AmCham Executive Director Mike Hearn.

The Award categories are:

  •  Exporter of the Year to the USA – with export revenues to the USA up to NZ $500,000
  •  Exporter of the Year to the USA – revenues from NZ $501,000 to NZ $5 million and
  •  Exporter of the Year to the USA – revenues over NZ $5 million
  •  Importer of the Year from the USA
  •  Investor of the Year for New Zealand companies investing in the US, as well as US companies investing in New Zealand
  •  The Eric & Kathy Hertz Award for Citizen Diplomacy

Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included ZESPRI International, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Orion Systems International, Zeacom, Specialist Marine Interiors, Fonterra and Christchurch Engine Centre, Buckley Systems, Vista Entertainment and Greenshell New Zealand.

Entries close at 5.00 pm on 6 June. Finalists will be announced on 4 July and the winners announced at the black tie awards dinner on 7 August at the Pullman Hotel Auckland

For details and application from see: AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

ICT- Connect Careers Expo – 28 May

Do you feel you made the right choice working in IT and want to encourage young people to do the same?

The ICT – Connect Career Expo is a free event for Year 9-12 students and their parents. It involves presentations in the theatre at 6.30pm followed by the opportunity to talk with local IT professionals and employers while enjoying some light refreshments.

Date: Wednesday 28 May 2014
Time: Doors open at 5.30 – presentation starts at 6.30pm
Location: Aurora Centre, Cnr Greers Road and Memorial Ave

Henry Lane along with other local IT Superstars will be talking about why IT is a great career choice.

Register here to be included in the spot prize draw!

NZTech Rethink Success: Scaling Up – 16 May

The line-up of guest panellists for NZTech’s RETHINK SUCCESS lunch event reads like a who’s who of New Zealand technology icons. The New Zealand tech sector is scaling up and moving forward – hear from the legends, those that are in its midst, and the up and coming companies.

Sir Gil Simpson – a true son of Christchurch, founder of Jade Software Corporation, Jolly Good Software and considered by many to be the father of computer programming in New Zealand
Rod Drury – serial entrepreneur including the renowned NZ success story, Xero
Dennis Chapman – the man behind the innovative Christchurch based electronics manufacturer, Enatel
Scott Bradley – CEO of VMob and one of the new generation of export entrepreneurs in the digital space

Also hear from Wayne Norrie, who will share his thoughts on the past, present and future of the sector along with NZX Head of Markets, Aaron Jenkins to talk about his vision for the launch of the new “Growth Market” on the NZX for emerging and smaller companies.

Lending a real Christchurch perspective will be Tom Hooper, the CEO of Canterbury Development Corporation, to talk about the city as a business destination and Paul Deavoll from Gen-i who will advise on what it takes to succeed in the region.

Cluster members are invited to join NZTech for New Zealand’s best line up of successful tech entrepreneurs to debate the strategies for all kiwi tech businesses to succeed on the global stage.

When: Friday 16 May, 11.30am-2.00pm.
Where: NZi3, 69 Creyke Rd, Ilam, Christchurch

Find out more | Register Now

– NZTech Members: $40.00+GST
– Canterbury Software Assn Members: $40.00+GST
– Non-Members: $50.00+ GST

NZTech is a champion of all tech companies and RETHINK SUCCESS is aimed at providing a platform of further support for the efforts of our kiwi companies who are aiming to win on the world stage.

You’ll be in great company at an event considered one of the best networking opportunities in the tech sector. The audience includes a mix of successful and budding entrepreneurs, innovators, NZ Tech companies of all sizes, Government Agencies, Hi-Tech Awards attendees, Flying Kiwis, Innovation Heroes and Innovation Council Masterclass participants.

Innovation Heroes Event – 15 May

Software Cluster Members are invited to attend the upcoming Innovation Heroes event on 15 May at NZi3, 69 Creyke Rd, Ilam, Christchurch.

Hear from some of New Zealand’s top innovators and entrepreneurs about their inspiring journey to build great kiwi businesses and talent.

Purchase tickets here or call 0800 2 INNOVATE (0800 2 46668).


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.