Date: 07/11/2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: ASL – Assembly Specialists Ltd, 3/11 Mary Muller Dr, Heathcote Valley, 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 in November and we are kindly being hosted by ASL. 

ASL provides an outsourced electro-mechanical manufacturing solution to supplement customers’ existing manufacturing, or be their factory, allowing them to focus on research, development, marketing and sales. ASL has a range of skills and capability to assist in supply chain and purchasing, manufacturing and test engineering, printed circuit board layout and population and highly skilled assemblers for electronic and mechanical assemblies. ASL provides a full turnkey solution or any mixed model of supply including customer consigned materials. ASL works with customer design teams to provide advice and guidance on design for manufacture to ensure a cost effective transition from design and prototyping through to production. ASL was established in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2002 and subsequently acquired in 2014 by Longbeach Holdings.

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Outline of the evening:

5.30pm Networking, drinks and nibbles

6.00pm Canterbury Tech (David Carter), Quick Pitches & Industry news

6.25pm Evening business and technical talk

7.00pm Networking and drinks until 7.30pm


Technical Speaker:  Andy Masters, CEO and Co-Founder of Inductive

‘I’m an extrovert techie. I love listening to people and I enjoy using creativity to solve real-world problems. I’ve been programming all my life (mostly C#) specializing in financial systems, AI and machine vision. In my view decentralisation of everything (money, politics, energy, … ) is one of the major themes driving change in the 21st century. I’m a keen chess and poker player and love skiing and mountain biking.

I recently spoke at UC Centre for Entrepreneurship giving an “Introduction to Blockchain“.

Talk Title: Real-world applications for blockchain based Smart Contracts

Recently there has been a lot of hype about blockchain and Smart Contracts. In this talk I will demystify what a Smart Contract actually is, what problems they are good at solving and show what makes them Smart.

I will demonstrate how a decentralised vehicle road-tolling system could be run using a Smart Contract. I will use a few code examples but keep things accessible so you don’t need to be a programmer to learn something.


Business Speaker:  Chris Woodman, CEO of ASL

Chris started his career as an electronic design Engineer in the UK. In the early stage of his career he developed many products for use within the medical & laboratory instrumentation and environmental monitoring market. Prior to coming to NZ he led a team that developed and won the British Gas contract for hand held Flue Gas Analysers used to set up, analyse and report on domestic gas water heaters. These are still the most widely used analysers in the UK. In NZ, Chris has led design, manufacturing teams and businesses in the fields of remote radio links and elevator equipment, across domestic and Chinese based factories. He was the first non- Chinese national to be invited to join the Chinese Elevator Association Standards Committee.  Chris now leads ASL working with NZ based businesses to partner as their manufacturing operation.

Talk Title: Outsourcing your Factory…….key thoughts in choosing a partner

Insights into the key considerations when evaluating and choosing a manufacturing partner.


 

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