Story image

Chch incubator EPIC hosts global innovation programme

19 Mar 18

Christchurch is the latest city to host Smart Seeds, a global innovation program for young talent to tackle the region’s most pressing challenges.

The EPIC Innovation Precinct in Manchester St was the venue for the Smart Seeds launch event recently.

The city and region are known for its resilience and adaptability – something reflected in a new breed of professionals and innovators taking centre stage.

Leading the movement are 31 young minds from across the region who have each committed to forming a team around one of five regional challenges.

Smart Seeds programme lead Maurice Hoban says, “We have participants from 15 local organisations, each bringing a unique skill set from different backgrounds.

“It is a really unique collaborative environment and we’re excited to see the outcomes.”

Stimulating collaboration are five challenges, each thrown down by industry leaders working towards the region’s future prosperity.

The challenges being tackled are:

  • How to make Christchurch a magnet for business and tourism tomorrow?
  • How to make urban residents the stewards of healthy waterways?
  • How to enable alternative modes of transport to reduce congestion?
  • How to develop a regional workforce that can compete on a global scale?
  • How to embrace emerging technology to enable new possibilities for automated transport?

Participants will now work together to pull apart the complex technical, social and commercial issues they face in coming up with potential solutions.

To support their journey from the outset, participants were given new skills, tools and connections including industry leaders to provide mentoring as teams grapple with new ways of working.

Signs are promising with teams sticking around after the launch to make sure they were connected.

Industry leaders also took the opportunity to strike up some healthy competition between the mentors and challenge development teams.

Participants will be building on the launch experience with workshops focusing on ideation, pitching and influencing change before the Showcase Event in Christchurch on May 9.

How blockchain will impact NZ’s economy
Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy.
25% of malicious emails still make it through to recipients
Popular email security programmes may fail to detect as much as 25% of all emails with malicious or dangerous attachments, a study from Mimecast says.
Human value must be put back in marketing - report
“Digital is now so widely adopted that its novelty has worn off. In their attempt to declutter, people are being more selective about which products and services they incorporate into their daily lives."
Wine firm uses AR to tell its story right on the bottle
A Central Otago wine company is using augmented reality (AR) and a ‘digital first’ strategy to change the way it builds its brand and engages with customers.
DigiCert conquers Google's distrust of Symantec certs
“This could have been an extremely disruptive event to online commerce," comments DigiCert CEO John Merrill. 
Protecting organisations against internal fraud
Most companies tend to take a basic approach that focuses on numbers and compliance, without much room for grey areas or negotiation.
Telesmart to deliver Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams
The integration will allow Telesmart’s Cloud Calling for Microsoft Teams to natively enable external voice connectivity from within Teams collaborative workflow environment.
Jade Software & Ambit take chatbots to next level of AI
“Conversation Agents present a huge opportunity to increase customer and employee engagement in a cost-effective manner."