ION e-Letter Nov/Dec 2009

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Lots of stuff happening early in 2010, so here goes…

LCA2010 and Multicore Computing Miniconf

LCA2010 is a fun and informal technical conference for Linux and open source fans. If you are interested in multicore and parallel computing then come along to the MiniConf at the Linux conference. Registrations close in a few days for the event which kicks off in Wellington on 18th January.

Summer of Code Tech Start-Up Panel

If you are in the Capital for LCA2010, why not take your lunch break at the TechTalks panel session, also on the 18th January. This one hour seminar will feature a number of local speakers closely involved in funding and building new ventures.

Bloggers Predictions to the Fore

Unlimited Potential once again brings you the Bloggers PredICT event from the glittering starlight lounge at the Wellington Chamber. StrICTly tongue-in-cheek this event promises to enrage, enthrall and entertain. See last years players defend the indefensible and this years seers gaze into their murky crystal balls to predict developments on the information technology scene.

Registrations are essential for this 28th January event.

Accelerate 2010 Already A Winner

Rod Drury makes no apologies for the fact that he likes to surround himself with sharp players that operate at the highest levels in business. Accelerate 2010 is a one day event in Hawkes Bay covering marketing, strategy and funding for high growth technology businesses, whilst entertaining guests with the best in Kiwi wine, food and music.

The fact that the event sold out early illustrates just how under-served this market is currently. Entrepreneurs are in need of some inspiration right now! But we hear that organisers are still holding a small number of places, if you can make a good case. Let’s hope 0-to-60 becomes a regular (and larger) event on the technology calendar.

A Decade of New Media

If they can’t squeeze you into Accelerate and you are into digital media marketing and advertising, you might like to head across the Tasman to this special event from the outstanding XMediaLab team. Media2010 looks at building marketing strategies and digital communities around brands.

Ries and Rose Top Stellar Webstock Cast

The February 15-19 event in Wellington is pulling out all the stops to provide a stunning gallery of web design and development superstars. Webstock will feature three days of workshops followed by two days of conference proper. Over twenty international speakers will be involved including famed Silicon Valley start-up advisor Eric Ries, Kevin Rose – founder of Digg, Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and John Resig, creator of the jQuery.

NZ/Australia Investment Forum

Investment New Zealand and AusTrade are tasked with attracting foreign direct investment into their respective nations. They are jointly facilitating a two day forum in Auckland commencing 10th March, which will provide an overview of opportunities to investors interested in the Australia-New Zealand region. The conference brings together companies seeking investment, corporate and government leaders and academic researchers.

Kiwi to Organise Regional CloudCamps

Canterbury based technology entrepreneur and blogger Ben Kepes has recently been appointed CloudCamp organiser for the Australia/New Zealand region. CloudCamp is a rapidly growing movement that provides events for I.T. professionals and vendors interested in the business of providing “cloud based” computing services. We hear that a major regional event is planned for Sydney on the 4th of March.

W2W Goes Nationwide in 2010

Unlimited Potential’s annual technology showcase is aimed at cultivating the entrepreneurial ecosystem for emerging tech ventures. Included in this year’s stellar speaker line-up was Read Write Web founder Richard MacManus, McDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year John Watt and Ben Young author, entrepreneur and social media guru.

The event revolves around pitches from local tech entrepreneurs and presentations from the cutting edge of ICT research and then promoting those pitches to a global audience through a video channel with the help of KEA.

In 2010 W2W will be opened up to selected tech companies from throughout New Zealand. Watch this space.

iwantmynameION Spotlight – Amberdms

Amberdms is an open source billing software solution provider aiming at professionals and small enterprises that need to take care of billing, time-keeping and client invoicing. The company, which also does software development and Linux consulting was recently featured in this detailed article.

Got an enterprising Kiwi tech story to share? I want your name! ION Spotlight is kindly supported by iWantMyName New Zealand’s most innovative global domain registrar.

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