Collaboration is the new business strategy

Collaboration was one of the main themes from the Rutherford
Innovation Showcase. We have two speakers to address this from
different perspectives. Dr Sue Watson, Global CEO of Kea, will explain
how to engage with over 30,000 Kiwi expats. Professor Keith Popplewell from Coventry University will talk about the SYNERGY Project, which facilitates SME collaboration.

Kea: Communicating with Kiwi Expats

An Introduction to Kea, New Zealand’s Global Network
An overview of members (32,000 Kiwi expats)
How Kea plan to engage with their members

Supporting network enterprise collaboration through adaptive knowledge services

The SYNERGY Project, funded by the European Commission investigated
the feasibility of providing support for networks of enterprises, primarily small to medium sized enterprises, who come together to compete as a collaborative virtual organisation for business opportunities, which would be beyond the reach of any of them acting alone. The resulting software service prototypes include management of collaboration knowledge for individual enterprises and virtual organisations, risk management, a collaboration moderator, and collaboration patterns embodying evolving best practice.

Services can be delivered through a native SYNERGY portal, but in fact
exploitation is developing around delivery as a “product in white” where clusters of users can brand a platform and customise services and access to their own requirements. Services can also be assembled in rather different ways to meet very different needs, and validation work included application on the one hand in an existing SME cluster trying to improve its capture of new opportunities, and on the other, a cluster of pharmaceutical research SMEs and universities, who came together to try out the collaboration support for SYNERGY, and then discovered a number of new drug leads as a result.

Event Details

5;00 to 7;30pm, Thursday 17 November 2011
Auckland Town Hall Ground Floor Council Chamber
301, Queen Street, Auckland

Go to for more information and to RSVP.

This is the last formal networking event of Auckland ICT in 2011.

Event: Leveraging on opportunities and business in New Zealand

Please join us at Waka Māori to hear New Zealand Minister of Finance Bill English present on the opportunities for investment in New Zealand.

The evening will open with a haka pōwhiri, a formal Māori welcome ceremony which will be performed by members of Ngāti Whātua, the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Peter Johnston, Chair of Te Awe Māori Business Network will discuss the rise of an indigenous iwi economy in New Zealand and opportunities to engage with the organisations that are at the forefront of this new economic force.

Former All Black and member of the 1987 Rugby World Cup winning team Grant Fox will wrap up with his views on the tournament so far and will reflect on high performance in sport and business.

Mention will be made of the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct as announced yesterday by Minister Wayne Mapp and will be of interest for members of the business community

Well known New Zealand entertainer, comedian and broadcaster Pio Terei will be MC for the event.

Venue: Waka Māori
Address: Te Wero Island, Auckland Viaduct
Date: Monday 17 October 2011
Time: 6pm (haka pōwhiri starts at 6.15 pm) followed by light food and refreshments.
Please RSVP to this prestigious event by 16th October 2011
Event organiser: Megan Yorston
megan.yorston at Tel +64 9 365 0532

War Stories from the ICT Trenches

AucklandICT October Networking

Auckland ICT will hold the October meeting. The theme is War Stories from the ICT Trenches

The three speakers Ian Miller, Luigi Cappel, Kevin Andreassend will share their experiences about going global, lessons learnt and establishing their role in the market place.

Ian Miller
Owner of Nutshell, supplying personal wireless accessory products since 1997. Ian has discovered that locally sourced possum, those pests of the environment, are perfect; their pelt are naturally anti-static. This makes them ideal to protect smart phone

Luigi Cappel

Managing Director, SoLoMo Consulting Ltd, How do people find out about your company, your skills and specialist expertise? How do they even know they might want to? Luigi will share about his book publishing activiies with Amazon.

Kevin Andreassend

MD of ICE AV Technology Ltd started his journey in the audiovisual sector literally under the dining room table as a 7 year old Today his company has a major focus on the international market with interactive, display and simulations technology.

We look forward to you joining us where we feed you, help you network and where you can learn some insights.

The meeting will conclude with a short AGM. Followed by further networking.
Registrations to attend are made at Eventbrite on this link

Next Post

Auckland ICT September Event will combine with Getting IT right our Main speaker will be Rod Drury, to set the scene the evening will be MC’ed by Scott Groomebridge

5.00pm Registration, drinks & finger food
5.40pm Offer & Seek
5:50pm MC Scott Groombridge Founder of Getting IT Right and Managing Director of Sead

Scott Groombridge is the founder of Getting IT Right, a non-profit initiative which aims to improve IT in New Zealand. Scott has over 20 years of IT industry experience working in a variety of roles including project and test management in New Zealand and abroad.

He has worked on projects across many industries, including telco, utility, manufacturing and banking. Currently Scott is the managing director of Seâd, an IT recruitment specialist. In this position he has the opportunity to talk to a large number of IT people and has recognised a general consensus that too many projects are failing.
He founded Getting IT Right in March 2011 to provide and promote best IT practices and has since been engaging with business leaders, IT professionals and industry groups to drive for positive change in New Zealand IT.

6.00pm Rod Drury
“Getting to 100,000 customers” Lessons learnt scaling a global tech company from New Zealand
Rod is CEO and founder of NZX-listed Xero an online accounting solution for small businesses. Xero recently announced 100,000 customers in 100 countries.

One of New Zealand’s leading technology entrepreneurs, Rod is a member of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, World Class New Zealander for ICT in 2008 and an Honorary Fellow of the NZ Computer Society.

Rod is a Director of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and is a member of Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Commerce Advisory Board.
6.45pm Prize draw and further networking
7.30pm Finish

You must register and pay through Eventbrite. Please enter what you “Offer & Seek” in the registration form this will be emailed on the day to all attendees.

The meeting will be held at the Unitech Campus, Carrington Road
Mt Albert, Auckland.
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Auckland ICT President’s Blog now smart phone friendly.

One of the most important aspect companies should be preparing for is the rapid adoption of web access from smart phones and tablets. Is your web site mobile friendly? Check out the Auckland ICT President’s web site via this custom branded QR.

Auckland ICT

NEW Qualifications in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation

AucklandICT President, Kevin Andreassend, believes that a workforce with highly developed business knowledge that can maximise innovation, opportunities is one of the keys to ensure a growing ICT Export sector.

Two new qualifications in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation are going to be introduced by the Business School in 2012 in response to demand from students.

The Business School understands that employers are looking for graduates who have business knowledge and an understanding of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation of research or other ideas.

The new programmes are a Grad Cert / GradDip in Innovation and Entrepreneurship targeted at those who have a non-business Bachelor’s Degree and want to develop an understanding of business fundamentals and knowledge of how value is created through creative thinking, science and technology, leading to the introduction of commercially successful innovations by small, large or new organisations.

The PG Cert / Masters in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship is for those who wish to develop core knowledge and skills essential to moving research and innovation from the lab to the market place. You will learn how to test and validate customer needs and market demand, protect intellectual property, obtain funding, sell research related innovations and develop successful commercialization projects.

These programmes are for people who are interested in working in start-ups, or with an established small, medium or large innovative organization.

Further information about these programmes can be found on the links above or go to

Alternatively you can contact Darsel Keane, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning on d.keane at

AucklandICT promotes its members on the HoloDesk

AucklandICT, an Auckland based industry organisation takes advantage of the Holo-Info-Desk to promote its members at the Rutherford Forum industry conferences in September.

Holo-Info-Desk Multi Touch Information Surface

The Rutherford Forum activities are part of the Rugby World Cup related activities to promote NZ business and innovation.

AucklandICT is an industry organisation based in Auckland, New Zealand. Members come from a range of industry sectors that serve requirements both locally and international that are predominately in ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)

Each month the organisation meets to listen to a key note speaker, share success updates, networking and more recently have begun to actively utilise social media and online platforms. Within AucklandICT there is the Electronics Interest Group (ETG) AucklandICT that meets once a month over breakfast to discuss projects, topics of interest, training.

Contact @aucklandict