CantyTechSummit2017 News Events Past Events

15th Annual Canterbury Tech Summit

Monday September 25, 2017

Delivered by the Canterbury Tech Cluster, and with a line-up of world-class speakers, the Canterbury Tech Summit's vision to 'Connect Grow Inspire' did indeed deliver as promised.   

The opening keynote was Andy Cunningham whose entertaining experiences working alongside Steve Jobs and insights into Getting to AHA! Positioning your company for global growth were very well received.  
Three streams of sessions allowed attendees to focus on their preferred speakers in areas such as overseas business development, cyber security, drone intelligence, blockchain, design thinking, geospatial developments, user experience design, software development, digital innovation and transformation, team culture and sailing. Yes, you did read correctly... there was a session on how four tech companies helped bring home the America's Cup this year.   
The AI Session - Opportunities for NZ, a panel discussion with Ben Reid, Erich Prem and Kathryn Hempstalk, brought everyone back to the Jade Software Hall for an interesting discussion before the late afternoon talks.
Closing keynote speaker, Ben Kepes, delivered a light hearted "Not the next Silicon Valley" presentation, pointing out the realities of an expensive and hectic Silicon Valley lifestyle, and reinforced the value of Kiwi ingenuity and NZ's unique approach to innovation.  He encourages us to "be the best version of ourselves".

SIGNAL's exhibition site was busy all day with many of the 700 attendees checking in to connect and find out more about our in-work professional development programmes such as Xtend.   
In his welcome, Canterbury Tech's Chair David Carter encouraged the group to invest in staff, to grow them as professionals and to therefore further grow NZ's tech sector.  Mel Rowsell's talk on 'Building a great culture' also tied in strongly with staff investment... food for thought in a traditionally understaffed sector.  

If you missed out on this year's Summit, don't worry as the team have kindly posted the videos onto the Canterbury Tech Summit YouTube channel, so be sure to check out the videos and definitely plan to attend next year's event, it is well worth it.   

Photo Gallery

See also...

News Shift + 2 More
SHIFT Profile: Lois Li
Friday November 8, 2019
From an English Literature degree to race car app development, find out how Lois has switched gears into a new career in tech.
Events Shift + 2 More
Don't miss the next Tech Careers & Pizza Night!
Friday November 8, 2019
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about a change of career, or want to 'Add Tech to your Superpowers', come along to one of SIGNAL's famous Tech Careers & Pizza Nights. Now featuring industry professionals sharing their experiences and insights into their own career in tech.
News Shift + 1 More
Nine new industry hosts onboard for the Dunedin SHIFT projects
Thursday November 7, 2019
Following the successful Speed-Meeting event in September, the 2019 SHIFT cohort are now embarking upon their industry projects, gaining experience and proving their worth to local employers. The project topics include product development, IoT integration, web development, machine vision, data scraping and visualisation, database design, digital marketing and cloud platform migrations.