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Leading the way in motor vehicle innovation

He may have grown up in a small rural town in the Waikato, but now Collegian Dan Ammann (Sargood 1985-1989) is leading the way in self-driving motor vehicle innovation in the US.At the beginning of next year, Dan, who was the President of General Motors (GM), will make the move from Detroit to San Francisco to become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary, who are transforming transportation with their advanced self-driving vehicles.He will replace Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt, who w...

December 17, 2018

What do Kiwis think of encryption?

University of Waikato research reveals Kiwis attitudes to encryption.This comes in the wake of Australia’s controversial law change compelling companies to grant police and security services access to encrypted messages.An ongoing study by researchers at the University of Waikato has found that New Zealanders place the highest value on privacy, data protection, information security, and trust. These are closely followed by national security and public safety and right to property as ...

December 17, 2018

Digital exams pilot

Beginning in Trimester 1 2019, Victoria University of Wellington will be piloting digital exams. The first phase will involve a small number of Faculty of Law and Victoria Business School courses, at 200 level or above.Students involved in the pilot will type, rather than handwrite, their exam scripts. Other than this, the nature of the exam will not change, and all existing assessment rules and processes will apply. Students needing additional support will be able to access this through Di...

December 14, 2018

Building consents going digital

A new electronic system will see Waipā builders applying for, processing and finalising their building consents completely online.  Waipa District Council has announced it will move to an online building consent processing system from February next year. The system, provided by New Zealand company Alpha One, will enable customers to submit building consents online, track their consents and receive all correspondence digitally. Planning and regulatory manager Wayne Allan said the ...

December 13, 2018

Simple tips to help you secure your online self

We live in an increasingly digital world, where everything is connected. Our relationships, our jobs, our finances — everything is online. And, while there are some real benefits to digital life, any weaknesses in our online connections can make us vulnerable to a cyber security attack.Cyber attacks are becoming more and more frequent over time, and they can affect anyone. It’s not just large organisations or businesses who are being attacked — smaller businesses and everyday New Z...

December 12, 2018

How technology is changing the face of our farming

https://www.stuff.co.nz/busine...In the clear winter sky above Central Otago, a drone follows a fenceline up a hill.It darts and slows making small detours to the left and right, and now and again hovers in one spot. Some of the fenceline sags under drifts of snow, and here the drone pauses.Two years ago Kawarau Station owner Jon Anderson invested in the drone, with an eye on using it to check fences during heavy snowfalls. Doing this on foot was time-consuming and heavy on manpower, and the dro...

December 12, 2018

Drone Ranger can home in on yellow-eyed penguin nests quick smart

Rather than crawling around in the bush of a subantarctic island for hours searching for yellow-eyed penguin nests, Massey University PhD student Chris Muller can now do it all by drone.When looking at the population of yellow-eyed penguins on the subantarctic Auckland Islands, which are 465 kilometres south of New Zealand, Muller came up with the project Drone Ranger, which uses drone technology to monitor wildlife.Muller won the Innovate 2018 business competition for t...

December 11, 2018

Waiuku woman brings cemeteries into the digital age

Cemeteries are being taken into the digital age with YouTube tours and 360 degree images, thanks to the work of self-described cemeterist Lia Trevarthen.It might seem morbid to some of us, but the Waiuku resident spends her free time hanging out at cemeteries around Auckland and she's helped thousands of people by doing it.Trevarthen has spent the last five years documenting the region's cemeteries online and her efforts landed her an invite...

December 11, 2018

Spark Lab’s new tool helps SME’s win cyber-crime battle

In a survey of investors, 41% see cyber security as the number threat to business growth[1] while recent research states the average cyber-attack costs Kiwi SMEs over $15,000[2]. Acknowledging this threat to homegrown Kiwi businesses, Spark Lab has launched a new tool to help small-to-medium enterprise (SMEs) identify their cyber security weak spots and remedy them. Pulse Check, accessible from the Spark Lab website, is a newly-developed (free of charge), digital business tool that is avail...

December 10, 2018

Company-X ranks on Deloitte Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 for second year running

Company-X today announced that it ranked Number 387 on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ Asia Pacific 2018, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Asia Pacific.Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over three years. Company-X grew 135 percent during this period.Company-X directors David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes, credit service excellence and global operation with the company’s 135% revenue growth over the past three years.Read more...

December 10, 2018

Scholar applicants to list gaming expertise and tournament experience for first NZ esports university grant

Hoping to secure New Zealand's first university esports scholarship Jayden Yeoman spends up to 40 hours a week on a virtual battlefield.  The focus of the school leaver's dedication is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game that pits two teams of combatants against each other.  The teenager's gaming skill will form part of an application to Waikato University, which is asking esports enthusiasts to list their gaming expertise for its first...

December 9, 2018

Gov't commits $5.15m to examine digital identity

The Government has committed $5.15m to funding research into digital identity over two years.Government Digital Services Minister Megan Woods said the two year work programme would be led by the Department of Internal Affairs and would look at how government could set up the right rules and environment, and take advantage of new technologies, to meet the evolving needs and expectations of citizens.“At the heart of the proposal is better privacy and security protections for citizens’ identity...

December 6, 2018

How now brown cow?

New Zealand has a strong legacy in farming innovations. The milk meter, the automated milk system and electric fencing for livestock control were all dreamt up by Kiwis and helped revolutionise farming. The innovations continue and are being increasingly recognised. San Francisco-based Startup Genome, an organisation that benchmarks start-up communities globally, says New Zealand is one of four places to watch for agritech solutions in 2018, alongside Silicon Valley, Boston and Amsterdam.&n...

December 6, 2018

AI-powered digital assistant for small businesses

Aider, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered digital business assistant created specifically for small business, has been in beta phase in Australasia for several months. Brendan Roberts, Aider’s co-founder, says the app is now ready for the Australasian markets.“We believe that AI is in the process of changing how the world of commerce operates and we want to make this technology readily available to small business,” Roberts says. Making AI simple and easy to understand w...

December 3, 2018

Kiwi businesses not ready for next gen technology, despite evidence

According to the latest MYOB Future of Business report, future technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet-of-things, are now significantly disrupting the way we live and work. However, few local businesses seem prepared for the level of change anticipated by futurists and global leaders – despite the evidence all around them.Find out more...

November 28, 2018

Six-metre waka sculpture gifted at Hamilton's Ferrybank Reserve

As the black fabric shrouding Hamilton's latest public artwork fell to the ground, the verdict from onlookers was swift. "It's stunning," said Juliann Smith, one of the first to step inside Tōia Mai, an interactive waka sculpture unveiled on the banks of the Ferrybank Reserve on Friday. "Inside you can hear the sounds of Tui, it's beautiful." The 22-year-old was one of several hundred Wintec students who worked on the sculpture over the past two years. Find out more...

November 23, 2018

Kordia Launches Women in Technology Scholarship

In a bid to address gender imbalance in the information and communications technology sector, mission-critical technology solutions provider Kordia has established a new Women in Technology Scholarship at the University of Waikato. The successful applicant will receive an award of $5,000 towards their tuition, and upon graduation are likely to be offered employment with Kordia or its independent cyber security division, Aura Information Security. Find out more...

November 12, 2018

Victory of the Company-X software specialist superheroes

Software specialist superheroes Company-X wins Westpac Waikato Business Awards.Company-X’s ever-growing team of software specialist superheroes won two top accolades at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards.The Hamilton-based company, founded by David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes in 2012, won the Service Excellence and Global Operator categories at the annual business awards.Jeremy was asked, at the Waikato Chamber of Commerce organised event at Claudelands Event Centre on November 2, which award C...

November 5, 2018

Soda Inc. wins Not for Profit Award at Westpac Waikato Business Awards

Soda Inc., won the Not for Profit Award in the Westpac Waikato Business Awards in Hamilton on Friday night. Soda is a business incubator that helps founders and entrepreneurs establish and grow their start-up business. The Awards judges stated: "Soda is ably lead by Erin Wansbrough who is a dynamic and open leader. Soda’s clear focus on building the region’s innovators and providing shared working spaces is paying off and the judges are pleased that a strategic refresh is underway....

November 3, 2018

IoT Waikato Tech Meetup - Dec 12

A group for innovators, thought leaders and organisations interested in developing the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology in the Waikato. Regular events provide an opportunity to get together and hear what is happening with digital technology in Waikato, NZ and around the world.Find out more ...

November 1, 2018

First place again for Hamilton

This years Tin100 report was released in Auckland last week, with events following in other major centres, and Hamilton, which really is actually Waikato we think for the purposes of the report, has against taken first place in terms of revenue growth at over 16%. The Technology Investment Network pulls together the report, monitoring the performance of the countries top 200 technology exporters in the areas of ICT, high-tech manufacturing and biotechnology, and the Managing Direc...

November 1, 2018

Python User Group Meetup - Dec 10

This is a group for professional developers and users of the Python programming language in Hamilton meeting monthly to expand our network of people, opportunities and ideas. Find out more...

November 1, 2018

Waikato student drives home master’s research into golf

Growing up on a high-country station in Omarama, a small township nestled near the southern end of the MacKenzie Basin, George Wardell never imagined going to university.He figured he’d follow in his dad’s footsteps and farm out in the hills - that was until dad caught wind and told George to “go get the piece of paper” so he had options.Playing every sport under the sun it was a natural choice for George to opt for a Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Otago. Following a...

October 29, 2018

Who should own your personal data?

New research on wearable technology in high-risk work environments to help make workers safer has been given a million dollar funding boost.The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded the grant to Dr Judy Bowen and her team, Associate Professor Annika Hinze and Professor Rangi Matamua, at the University of Waikato.There has been a boom in fitness and personal trackers as well as smartwatches that gather personal metrics such as heart-rate, activity levels and hydrat...

October 25, 2018

Smart approach pays off for Hamilton as city puts new technology to work

Hamilton is using its size and small scale to make big differences with smart technology being rolled out across the city.Hamilton City Council's Smart Hamilton initiative uses digital services, insights and technology to improve services to customers and better manage the city's assets.Improved technology such as 'intelligent' pumps have been installed to help manage the city's wastewater network. These pumps can sense a blockage in the network and, if possible, deal with it automatically, redu...

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