Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Tait Communications, 245 Wooldridge Road, Christchurch
Our monthly Canterbury Tech Cluster events provide a great opportunity to network and listen to speakers present on a wide range of topics.
Our next event will be on 6th March. We are kindly hosted by Tait Communications.
Outline of the evening:
5.30pm Networking, drinks and nibbles
6.00pm Canterbury Tech (David Carter), industry news & quick pitches
6.30pm Presentations (30 minutes, two streams)
7.00pm Networking and drinks until 7.30pm
Stream 1: From prototyping to personal fabrication
Carl Pavletich is a co-founder of Fab Lab Chch, an innovation resource dedicated to providing enterprise and education access to the tools of invention, including open electronics and digital fabrication. As part of an international network spanning more than 1200 Labs worldwide, Fab Lab Chch is part of a global think tank exploring Industry 4.0 and its potential to localise production through the sharing of digital files, rather than the shipping of physical goods.
From bike sensors measuring the cycling experience to shake tables that simulate New Zealand earthquakes, Carl will discuss how Fab Lab Chch uses education, access and persuasive technology to connect people with each other and the world around them.
Stream 2: Profit for purpose: Inside a social enterprise
Kendall Flutey is the co-founder and CEO of Christchurch based social enterprise Banqer, the financial education platform used by more than 50,000 Australasian primary students. With a background in both accounting and software development, Kendall enjoys the new challenge that comes with growing a mission-driven social enterprise.
Using Banqer as a case study Kendall will define what it means to be a social enterprise, and explore what this movement means for other organisations, investors, employees, and consumers. Looking at business through an impact based lens, she will examine the challenges and opportunities that social enterprises face, and discuss the BCorp certification process that 14 New Zealand social enterprises have now obtained.