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Friday Tech BBQ

Friday Tech BBQ

Canterbury Software Inc is keen to promote the Friday Tech BBQ as a meeting point for the Christchurch tech community. If it's been a while since you last checked out the BBQ scene, now could be the time. If you know of anyone who might be interested in coming along, especially those new to the sector or new to Christchurch, forward this to them. The BBQ is an informal social and networking event that takes place every Friday, 5.30pm to around 7.30pm. It gives members of the tech community a chance to meet other similar people in a relaxed environment, talk shop, network and get to know each other better.

MAY 16: Hosted by the multi-faceted, multi-talented ID Ltd, Level 2, 99 Victoria Street (just north of the clocktower). From you hostess with the mostest Kim Ryan ( "We're planning to have a few demos on strategically placed monitors of various sorts of things and some funky old Dracula movies playing (just for a bit of fun) plus we should have some streaming video demos which we tend to be specialising in at the moment ... it'll be a good opportunity for CSI members to find out how they can be interviewed and streamed off one of the busiest websites in NZ!" Please bring a contribution to the drinks and nibbles.

MAY 23: The venue for next week's Tech BBQ is LA's Bar and Cafe, 31 Dundas St, from 5.30pm. (There have been lots of postive reports from last Friday's beta test of Marilyn's and the "stayers" reportedly continued for big night on the town.)

For further information (and to see who got snapped by the CSI paparazzi at recent events) go to the Tech BBQ page at


hyperLINK contents: Issue 2, May 15 2003

+ Ultralab comes to town + CSI tunes in to jobs network + Tech Newsbytes from all around + Incredibly useful website of the week + What's happening at + Hot topics at the forum + Contact us, subscribe/unsubscribe etc

Coming next week in hyperLINK:

+ The glittering prizes




By Carol Webb hyperLINK editor

Canterbury software developers have acquired a new neighbour with impressive global connections in the e-learning world. Ultralab director Stephen Heppell says the newly opened inner-city centre is keen to work with local developers to help get good products to market. [more here ]




Canterbury Software Inc has struck a deal with Christchurch-based jobs networking website that will boost members’ chances of filling vacancies, while helping job-seekers find appropriate positions. [more here ]



Are You Ready To Export? Stepping out into the global marketplace with your company’s products for the first time is an exciting and challenging venture. Here’s a checklist to ensure you get the basics right. [pdf here f ]

>From a Trade New Zealand series of very useful How To guides for exporters. Next week's featured guide: Export Plan.



CHCH CONNECTION: A Wellington-based public-private sector consortium, which counts Christchurch's HitLab among its members, is one of two big winners of new funding by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. FRST has announced first-year funding of $1m each for MediaLab South Pacific, based in Wellington, and Auckland University's ICT Research Consortium of New Zealand. This could grow to up to $2.5 million a year over the seven-year life of the co-funding arrangement. – InfoTech [more,2106,2448671a1896,00.html]

TOUCHSCREEN ADVANCE: NextWindow, Auckland-based designer of world leading optical imaging technology for touchscreens, has won a Technology New Zealand grant for $560, further develop the miniaturisation of touchscreen components to 'touch-enable' flat panel displays. The grant follows NextWindow's ground breaking advancement in optical imaging technology which facilitates the cost-effective production of large scale touchscreens. – Technology NZ [more ]

PLAUDITS FOR PIONEER: Christchurch College of Computing (, now in its second year, has paved the way for a new $1 million annual fund designed to encourage alliances between schools, and to support innovative new ways of learning. The central city college, open to senior students from all Christchurch secondary schools, won praise from Education Minister Trevor Mallard when he announced the new $1m national Collaborative Innovations Fund. [more“ ]

FOLLOWING THE SUN: Auckland-based Marshal Software’s staff numbers have dropped from 57 to 40 since NetIQ's purchase of Marshal in December. Support functions, previously carried out round the clock in New Zealand, are now dispersed as the newly-named Marshal Content Security Solutions adopts a follow the sun approach, delivering support for eight hours from NZ and Asia-Pacific, eight from the US, and eight from Europe. – ComputerWorld [more ]

BOOST FOR CLUSTER: Canterbury Electronics Group (, a cluster bringing together Canterbury’ s electronics heavyweights, has won Industry New Zealand support of $50,000 to employ a fulltime coordinator. The CEG is contributing $85,000 from its own membership. [more]



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JOBS ..JOBS … JOBS … Who said it’s hard to find out where the IT talent and IT jobs are in Christchurch? CSI provides free listings on its website for job hunters and staff seekers and has joined with RealContacts to provide the ability to find jobs or staff via word of mouth using extended social networks. Go to the Jobs page to join the CSI network on RealContacts and to see jobs posted to the CSI website. You can see jobs posted to the CSI network by other RealContacts members, as well as start building your own network to help the process of finding jobs or staff.

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+ It's generally acknowledged that NZ's tech sector has never had it so good, with a plethora of government agencies and other bodies offering grants and other forms of assistance to help companies succeed in the export game. Do you think this is the right approach, or would you rather see tax rates cut and companies left to do their own thing? If funding assistance is the way to go, do you think it is reaching the right companies for the right reasons?

Tell us what you think about these hot issues by posting your thoughts to Canterbury Software Inc's Email Forum.

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