Lean Startup Christchurch

When: Thursday January 30th, 2014

Time: 5:30pm

Where: EPIC

96-106 Manchester Street


For the first session of 2014 we have Ben Bodley, CEO of Auckland based miniature camera design company Teknique down to share with us his recent Kickstarter experiences – using crowdfunding to validate and finance exciting ventures from New Zealand.

Ben and co-founder Sam Lee are the brains behind meMini – a wearable camera which is currently at US$63K pledged of the $50k target, with around 3 weeks to run.

Previously Ben and Teknique partners at Blender Design ran a campaign for a multi-angle camera Quebee – which didn’t reach its US$100k goal (hitting $74k). But, lessons clearly learned given the success of meMini.

Ben is a product development professional and has a wealth of knowledge aligned with the lean startup way of thinking, including using Kickstarter to rapidly validate your global market and iterate on your product, and actually get enough funding to get your venture off the ground…

Ben will be sharing his experiences, especially around the crowd funding model and using Kickstarter. And of course taking questions before we have some drinks and networking.

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OpenHack #2

When: Saturday 1st February, 2014

Time: 9:00am

Where: EPIC

96-106 Manchester Street


https://openhackchch.splashthat.com//a> – Build technology for road users and administrators that supports in the understanding of the way the roads work in post-earthquake Christchurch and could be used most effectively moving forward. Kick 2014 off with a bang and come an build technology for the future.

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Entries for the 2014 Hi-Tech Awards are open

Entries are open for the 2014 NZ Hi-Tech Awards which celebrate the best-of-the-best in the New Zealand tech industry.

Any business in the hi-tech space is invited to enter and there are a range of categories. Companies producing goods and services in the electronics, software, telecommunications, creative technology, biotechnology, physical science, agritech, robotic and gaming sectors are all deemed hi-tech. This list is not absolute so we encourage anyone who is unsure if they fit to contact us at info@hitech.org.nz.

The benefits of entering include:

  • Recognition
  • Publicity
  • Networking
  • Opportunity to refine your Value Proposition
  • Exposure to investors

Entrants are invited to complimentary events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Wednesday 26th March to find out who the finalists are. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner in Christchurch on Friday 16th May. Entrants are also invited to the complimentary Alumni Event held in November each year which is a day-long conference with speakers and topics lined up designed to inspire and educate.

All the details of the Awards are available on the website including the categories and entry details or email info@hitech.org.nz for more info. Entering is easy – just register online to start the process. Entries close at 5pm on Monday 3rd March.

Beaming smiles as Kiwi IT salaries rise…

Kiwis enjoyed a 4.4% rise in pay during the last year, as the ICT industry continues to smash expectations and beat the national average.

See full article here

IT rules the roost with Kiwi jobs boost

New Zealand ICT continues to start the year in style, with a booming industry offering the hottest career choices for Kiwis…

Read full article online here

Kiwi IT jobs boom smashes $110k salary mark

“Eight of the top ten highest-paying jobs in New Zealand are in the IT sector and paying at least $110,000 per year with high salaries being offered because there’s a real shortage of IT gurus out there…”

Read full article here

Part-Time Cluster Operations Manager

An excellent opportunity for a motivated Cluster Operations Manager (part time) with Canterbury Software has opened up. Please read the Job Description below for details. If this looks like something you would love to do, please let us know!

Canterbury Software Inc.

Canterbury Software Inc.is a non-profit organisation aimed at helping the Canterbury software sector succeed at home and worldwide. We have a broad-basedmember community – some of New Zealand’s most innovative companies and successful entrepreneurs based in a region renowned globally as a leading centre of software excellence.

To support our professional association, we are looking for an energetic individual on a part time basis, who would be responsible for the following:

  • Representing the administrative face of the association
  • Monthly event administration
  • Processing of new membership applications and managing annual renewals
  • Maintaining blogs and social networks
  • Recording minutes of all committee meetings and coordinating follow up actions with committee members
  • Venue and supplier bookings
  • Assistance with conference organization
  • Working with treasurer on accounts payable
  • Collating and managing speaker presentations

This would be an ideal opportunity for a self motivated individual with an interest in the Canterbury software industry. Previous administrative experience is expected but training will be provided on all associated systems and processes.

This is a part time position with an initial expectation of 8 hours per week, plus attendance at our monthly evening meetings (usually the first Tuesday of each month).

Applications including a resume and cover letter to be emailed to operations@canterburysoftware.org.nz

China Business Training – 3rd-7th March 2014

Scheduled China Business Training covers a comprehensive range of business topics separated into eight half day modules (below) allowing participants to attend the modules most relevant to them. Cost is NZ$50 per participant.

Scheduled training is deployed across New Zealand and you can view the schedule/locations and book your place through the Training Calendar.

See more information here

The Glass Class

From February 17th – 24th the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury will be holding a one week long intensive course on Google Glass programming. Attendees will be able to learn how to develop both server based and native Glass applications, tools for rapid prototyping, and guidelines for building compelling user experiences.

All attendees will also have access to Glass hardware and will be able to develop their own project ideas. This course will be useful for anyone interested in exploring wearable computing and Google Glass development.

For more information and to register interest – see here