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Tech Tuesdays – April Monthly Event – Canterbury Tech

April 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Canterbury Tech April 2024 Monthly Event

Join us for our April monthly event with Vanessa O’Brien – co-founder and Mark Dunlop – VCTO of Orbviz

Mark and Vanessa will discuss the origins of OrbViz, the problem they solve and the technical journey from start-up to current state. They will take you through the story of how they evolved an approach to building a product that customers love while continuously modernising the application.

About Mark Dunlop:
 tried very hard to be a musician. But having failed spectacularly to practice enough he completed a degree in Computer Science at UC in 1997. Twelve companies later he now has a Head of Engineering role at Xero and is fractional CTO at OrbViz. Mark is passionate about connecting engineers with the business “why” and loves a good mountain bike ride with family and friends.

About Vanessa O’Brien:
 also tried hard to be a musician, but ended up settling for the equally terribly-paying job of political and business journalist. She based in the Middle East where she worked for some of the world’s leading media organisations including the International Business Times, New York Times, USA Today and DeutscheWelle. It was here that she was exposed to the ever-advancing world of hi-tech, which led (in a round-about way) to her new career as CEO and co-founder of OrbViz.

When: Tuesday 2nd April 2024

Where: Christchurch City Council Function Room – entry via Worcester St entrance.

Event Outline:

5.30pm – Registration opens, networking, drinks and nibbles
6.00pm – Canterbury Tech updates
6.10pm – Quick Pitch – TBC
6.15pm – Guest speaker Vanessa and Mark
7.00pm – More networking
7.30pm – Close of event

Things to note: Entry to the venue will be open from 5.20pm. Each attendee will receive 2 drinks tickets for the event. Alcoholic beverages may not leave the function room.


Please note that registering for this event will be taken as acceptance that your image, name, or voice may be included in a recording or photos of proceedings that will be published after the event. 

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Christchurch City Council
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central City
Christchurch, Canterbury 8013 New Zealand
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