Innovation seminar

Today’s innovation seminar was one of the best to date. Kept in very down-to earth Kiwi spirit, Jonathan Carr presented a short history of ARANZ (Applied Research Associates New Zealand). ARANZ conducts research and development in the area of 3D scanning and modelling technologies. Having research and engineering background myself, it was really neat to…


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Tech business in Dunedin.

I was lucky yesterday to be able to attend two really good seminars: “Setting Up a Tech Business in Dunedin” by Jason Leong from PocketSmith, and “Competitive Advantage or Point of Difference: Getting into the Market” by Colin Brown from TracMap. PocketSmith is an SaaS web application that allows an individual to manage and forecast one’s…


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IEEE Wireless Workshop, Christchurch.

Summary:  The IEEE wireless workshop was well run, fast-paced event organised by Canterbury folks with a number of presentations from academics and engineers from Australia, Waikato, Auckland and Canterbury. Lots of engineering projects, ranging from physical modelling and analysis of wave propagation through various protocols down to DSPs and controllers/processors implementations on FPGAs. There have been few government and industry speakers…


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Busy day.

Today was a really busy day. It started with 2hrs long meeting with Jani Pirkola from Finland. Jani is the project manager of RealXtend. We have met together with Melanie, Hailing, Lipi and Martin in-world on a SecondLife island. The discussion was centered around the RealXtend open source model, affiliated companies, recent developments, the Otago…


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Day 3/3, Auckland.

Last day of the trip. Going for breakfast to “Raw Power Cafe” on Vulcan street off Queen Street in Auckland. Nice place, good food, freshly prepared juice. Hail storms in the morning, but the weather clears up and pretty nice and sunny later throughout the day. 10:30 Stuart and I meet with Prof. James Goodman Jim…


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Day 2/3, Digital Future

Digital Future Now Auckland, New Zealand, 13th of August, 2008   9:00 Openning by Mike Hearn, Executive Director, AMCHAM. Reading a pre-prepared welcome message. About 80 people participating. Chair of the session, Rod Oram, Business Columnist. Short address after the official opening. Infrastructure and tools needed to run real-time business from New Zealand. Infrastructure, broadband access, especially in rular…


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Day 1/3, Wellington.

Today I’ve started a 3-day trip to Wellington and Auckland with Martin and Stuart.  Trips provide an opportunity to break the normal daily life-cycle, and often give some time to reflect on general issues, directions of our work and life. Meeting various people from all walks of life, discussing the future of the industry and all the general…


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