The Smart City Council, a global organisation that claims to be the world’s largest network of smart cities practitioners, has launched an Australian and New Zealand branch, headed by Adam Beck. It is only the council’s second regional initiative after India (where prime minister Narendra Modi has announced plans for 100 smart cities).
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Christchurch-based agricultural technology company CropLogic has announced plans to list on the Australian Stock Exchange after raising money to fund the move via crowd-funding platform Equitise.
The CIO of New Zealand’s Defence Force, Victor Vaeau, has left and is seeking a new role as a “transformation specialist”.
New Zealand has been ranked sixth in a 134 country index of mobile connectivity compiled by mobile network operators association, the GSA, which represents almost 800 mobile network operators.
A plan to enable a single patent application to be submitted for New Zealand and Australian patents has been scrapped following several years in gestation, after being rejected as unnecessary by the public.
Wellington-based medical software company, Volpara Solutions, has launched VolparaEnterprise, running in Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The company says the software helps breast imaging providers deliver high quality, personalised breast screening, providing “real-time quality assurance and performance monitoring through dynamic, interactive dashboards.”
Tech Futures Lab, a training organisation founded in February by education futurist Frances Valintine in partnership with Unitec Technology Institute, has opened a new facility in Auckland to deliver training in today’s disruptive technologies.
Swiftpoint, a company founded Grant Odgers who previously launched the Game Station chain, has raised almost US$300,000 from close to 1800 backers via Kickstarter to develop a new mouse, the Z, billed as the world’s most advanced.
The Commerce Commission has commenced its assessment of the planned merger of Vodafone and Sky, with the issue of a preliminary issues paper. The move follows receipt of formal applications for Commerce Commission clearance, lodged by Sky and Vodafone on 29 June.
Chorus has released figures for household data consumption saying it has doubled in 18 months to 100 gigabytes per household and is on track to reach 170 gigabytes by mid-2017.
Cloud-based accounting software company, Xero, has announced a global partnership to integrate its software with that from TSheets, a US based company that has developed what is claimed to be “the number one employee rated and requested scheduling and time tracking software.”
Ten Kiwi start-ups and SMEs have been chosen to take part in Vodafone xone, billed as “a unique business accelerator designed to nurture the best ideas and kiwi talent in the research and commercialisation of world-class technology.”
Are you Jenkins savvy or TeamCity smart? If so your skills are in high demand, according to recruitment specialist Hays.
The local arm of CompTIA, a US based global advocacy organisation for IT, has brought to New Zealand its global initiative designed to persuade women and girls to take up careers in IT.
As part of its review of the Telecommunications Act 2001, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released an options paper seeking feedback on its proposed ‘utility-style’ framework for regulating fixed line communications services provided on the ultra-fast broadband network and Chorus’ copper network after 2020.