ION e-Letter August/September 2008

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DIY Online for Dad’s Day

Fresh from their debut Morning TV experience the Dad’s from are on the final countdown to Fathers’ Day. The global website aggregates rich educational content tailored specifically for fathers from both New Zealand and abroad. The site promotes a sense of community around the important job of being a Dad in the modern world including linking to resources through the SKIP parenting skills programme. Site users can upload their own stories and articles, promote father related events and enjoy loads of multimedia content about parenting.

W2W  Showcase Kicks Off Capital Tech Fest

Creative Wellington Innovation CapitalWellington is blessed with a plethora of high tech events in November. First off the block on Friday 7th November is Unlimited Potential’s long awaited innovation  launchpad gig Wellington to the World (W2W). This event is aimed at showcasing undiscovered local technology talent and emergent university ICT research with commercialisation potential. Presentations will be videocast to a global audience. Expressions of interest to: paul (at} up {dot) org (dot] nz

The AnimFX conference and AFCI Cineposium follow later in the month.

Software Freedom Day ’08

Speaking of cool tech events, Software Freedom Day ’08 is almost upon us. The 20th September event will feature an ‘open source barcamp’ and ‘hackfest’. The event is an opportunity to develop code, share experiences, drink good coffee and celebrate the joy of open source software. Around 150 developers are expected to attend the half day event. SFD are urgently looking for one more co-sponsor for this event, an opportunity to put your brand in front of NZ’s leading developers. Contact organiser Jayne Wallis directly   jayne (at} up {dot) org [dot} nz

ideegeo Leveraging Developer Talents


Software development firm ideegeo Group Limited has its sights set on dominating the Internet domain name management space globally. Two of the co-founders are recently arrived skilled migrants who chose to reverse the brain drain and move to New Zealand for lifestyle reasons. Now the firm is building a services export business based around developing high volume, web-based transactional technologies for enterprise applications. In addition to building their own suite of products, ideegeo provides development consulting and software trouble-shooting in PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby and also devises implementations involving databases such as SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Oracle. Enquiries to paul {at] ideegeo (dot) com

Networking at Software NZ – 9th Sept

NZSA hold their popular monthly networking dinner on Tuesday evening in Auckland. The speaker is i-lign CEO Tony Crewdson. Learn from the mistakes and successes of his 30 year career in the New Zealand I.T. industry and enjoy networking with your peers at the Viaduct venue.

i-Phone Spawns Kiwi Innovation

With Apple anticipating global sales of its 3G i-Phone to reach 10 million units in 2008, Kiwi developers are launching mobile apps in all directions. Orsome let you watch the weather or track your TradeMe auctions, ideegeo will shortly launch a data management tool and Polar Bear Farm have already enjoyed huge success with their search app. It seems like New Zealand developers are rising to the challenge of this emerging market.

ION Member Profile – Tim de Jardine

Tim is a New Zealand based business consultant and technology entrepreneur who thinks outside the circle when it comes to management and innovation. Tim is also a director of Hirewall a start-up venture that offers online management of the employee recruitment process. You can check out his thought-provoking weblog here.

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