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hyperLINK Issue 3

hyperLINK Issue 3 May 22 2003

Welcome to hyperLINK, a weekly e-newsletter produced by Canterbury Software Inc to promote CSI's objective of "success through connections" for the Christchurch IT and wider tech sector. hyperLINK editor is Christchurch business and IT journalist Carol Webb.

An html version, complete with photos and graphics, is available here

hyperLINK is emailed free to CSI members and the wider Canterbury tech community every Thursday. You can subscribe or unsubscribe here:

hyperLINK carries IT sector news and views from Canterbury's movers and shakers. It will also keep an eye on what's happening around New Zealand, and provide a glimpse of IT sector news from around the world. Your suggestions are welcome. hyperLINK will also carry information about the CSI's Friday Tech BBQ and other CSI events.

You are welcome to forward this newsletter or freely re-use the feature stories provided due acknowledgement is made of the credited feature story writer and hyperLINK as source.


qCanterbury 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 23: The venue for tomorrow's Tech BBQ is LA's Bar and Cafe, 31 Dundas St, from 5.30pm. The delightfully decorated Marilyn's Room (named for that early tech luminary Marilyn Monroe) is being made available to CSI. Food and drinks available at the bar. Dundas St runs off Colombo St between the Smiths City buildings and behind Pak'n Save. Parking is (usually) pretty easy.

MAY 30: to be hosted by Activate Design's Kevin Addison and James Newton at Suite 71, 224 Cashel St. That's in the Cashel Business Centre with the entrance off the Madras St end of Bedford Row. (

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 3, May 22 2003

+ Glittering prizes for Chch exporters + Spreading the word on IT careers + 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: + Doors open to seed stage entrepreneurs


GLITTERING PRIZES By CAROL WEBB There'll be some nail-biting moments at the Christchurch Convention Centre on June 12 when some of the city's brightest IT and electronics sparks wait to see if they have scooped the big prizes in the 2003 Export Awards. [more here ]



“Supply chain” issues that are starving Canterbury businesses of qualified and work-ready “made in New Zealand” staff will not be solved until secondary schools are better resourced and curriculum problems are resolved. This was the message teachers and careers advisers had for IT and electronics sector representatives at a meeting last week. [more here ]


EXPORT PLAN You are much more likely to be a successful exporter if you are proactive and do your homework first. Taking the time to develop a practical and flexible business plan will help you create a profitable and sustainable export business. It will help you manage the growth of your company and identify potential threats and challenges. This guide includes an export plan template to get you started.

+ From a Trade New Zealand series of very useful How To guides for exporters. Next week's featured guide: Agent and Distributor Selection.


SMARTSTART: Technology New Zealand has announced a new funding scheme that could help bring more work to IT product and services companies. Called SmartStart, it aims to assist businesses to increase their awareness and use of technological innovation. SmartStart will contribute up to 50 percent of the cost of using external consultants or appraise a company's current use of technology and to identify opportunities. SmartStart applications for grants of up to $5000 will be approved by Economic Development Agencies while larger applications for special projects will go to Technology New Zealand. [more ]

WEBBY CONTENDER: Lucire ( ) a Wellington- based international fashion website, is in the running for the 2003 Webby awards. Shoestring venture Lucire will be fighting for top honours in the Best Fashion site category against the likes of Vogue and Dolce & Gabbana's international website. Publisher Jack Yan, who founded the site in Wellington in 1997, hopes to get plenty of Kiwis voting for Lucire in the Webby's People's Voice Awards ( ). The Webby's usually glittering awards ceremony in San Francisco will be toned down this year with many award nominees from around the world reluctant to travel in view of Sars and other world events, so the organisers are moving to a more comprehensive online format for the June 5 event. A new addition to the Webbys programme this year is the First Annual Webby Business Awards ( honouring websites that excel in fundamental business goals such as increasing sales lead generation or enhancing customer loyalty and retention. Entries close May 30.

WAKE-UP CALL: . New Zealand needs to catch up quickly with other countries in developing high-speed networking and Internet 2, according to the recently released Biotechnology Taskforce report. "This is a critical enabling infrastructure for biotechnological and medical advancements," says the taskforce. It also calls for access to public international bioinformatics databases that store DNA sequence data, protein structure and functional domain profiles, suggesting that a mirror website of the databases should be set up so that New Zealand organisations can retrieve data without incurring international traffic charges. It also wants to see world-class biotechnology education programmes and modules building on state- of-the-art visualisation and learning techniques. The taskforce targets over the next 10 years include a tripling in the size of the New Zealand biotechnology community to more than 1000 organisations, from 350, and increased yearly export values from the current base of $250 million to more than $1 billion. Biotechnology taskforce members include Christchurch-based Paul Tocker, Crop and Food Research chief executive. [report here]


E-GOVERNMENT - NEW ZEALAND Thanks to the Aussies for this one. From Broadband to Toxinz, this page on the Victorian Government website provides a comprehensive listing of articles and references to the multifarious aspects of e-government in NZ. A good way to find out what's happening, and what's being said, in this often- confusing area. Of course, there are also links to comprehensive listings of Australian e-government activity.

+ Tell the editor ( about any sites you'd like to share with hyperLINK's readers


MENTORS It's easy to come up with a good idea and if you are a programmer, to develop that idea into an application. You are then faced with the issues of what you need to sell it, a cunning plan to make people aware that they can buy it, a price, a way to ensure no one steals it, and many other things. That's where the help and advice of a mentor can make all the difference. Check out the criteria for getting mentoring help, or inquire about how you can use your IT skills and experience to help put a Christchurch company on the path to success.


+ Will the Government ever get the message on the need to make significant changes to enable tax deductibility for R&D? How would you go about convincing the boys and girls at Treasury, and their ministerial bosses, that this issue needs to be addressed, and soon?

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

The Forum is your online community, where you can: +air your problems and concerns about marketing your software internationally +get rapid and effective suggestions from others like you, who've already done it +raise and discuss subjects of general concern to members Go to

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