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Canterbury Tech Summit 2021

This event is run by Canterbury Tech. As an affiliate of the Tech Alliance, standard event pricing applies.

Canterbury Tech’s reasons for being is more relevant than ever, so please join us at Tech Summit 2021.
Grow your network, Connect and be Inspired…

A full day, in person event, being held at the new Haere-roa, University of Canterbury Students’ Association, it’s an event not to be missed!

High quality speakers will join us in person to share their experiences and ideas on innovation, digital transformation, business and technology agility, with a particular focus on assisting organisations in navigating their way through the new post-COVID reality.

While other captivating speakers will present around a more technical nature, focusing on new technologies and related innovations that are poised to have a positive impact both on our sector and associated industries.

Numbers are limited at this venue, so it’ll be first in, first served. Don’t miss out, especially if you’re keen to enjoy time with your peers and connect with some new ones – there is ample networking opportunities over morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and evening networking drinks and nibbles.

Whatever your current situation, the 2021 Canterbury Tech Summit promises to be the perfect catalyst to help our members Grow, Connect and Inspire, both through enjoying quality presentation content and opportunities to network and share views, problems, and solutions with industry colleagues.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Check out the CanterburyTech Summit event page for more information and to register here.



Founder, Vend & The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust

“Challenge the status quo, think differently and trust your inner weirdo”

Vaughan Fergusson (previously Rowsell) is the founder of Vend, a New Zealand high-growth tech success story sold for $500m in 2021. He is the founder and trustee of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust running initiatives like OMGTech!, Mana Tangata, Voluntari.ly and The Institute of Awesome to help teach innovation and technology to kids of all ages and backgrounds. He was EY’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, a judge for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year programme and head judge for the 2021 programme.


Executive Chair, Seequent

“One of New Zealand’s most successful tech stories”

As Seequent’s former Chief Executive, Shaun is proud to be part of a Canterbury tech company success story. Shaun managed the strategy, risk and return to grow Seequent from a small start-up business in 2010 to an award-winning, global brand. Seequent has become an internationally recognised market leader in Geoscience Earth Modelling software across the Mining, Civil, Construction, Environmental and Energy sectors. In June 2021, Seequent officially joined Bentley Systems creating a unique opportunity to explore new capabilities in surface and subsurface software innovation and to help companies all over the world solve complex problems in more responsible and sustainable ways.

CEO, Trineo (a certified B-Corporation)

“Digital business and team topology hacker”

Since 1999, Abhinav has built and managed digital systems, apps, architectures, businesses with the honour of working with some amazing people across the globe in these ventures. He firmly believes that people matter most, that great relationships yield the most long term value, and underpin a team’s chances of achieving any objective. Further to this, he stands by the fact that every business leader has always had a responsibility to make good decisions by our planet, customers, employees, communities, shareholders. Personally, he focuses on family, friends, food, music, environmentalism, local & global community service, long term thinking and mountain stoke on a bike, climbing, skiing, hiking.


CEO, StoryTraks

Jen is the co-founder of StoryTraks and has worked as Chief Executive and Director in digital publishing, app development and strategic communications for over 30 years. She’s led global business development and understands the challenges of establishing and building client and brand presence. Jen is a holder of a pilot’s license and has a Master of International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington. Story Tracking Limited (“StoryTraks”) is based in the UK and NZ. It has developed authoring software that provides business and multi-media users with a unique and “closed’ hosting environment for sharing information with stakeholders and customers. Using StoryTraks software, users are able to track and gather data on all interactions, providing rich and valuable information to guide future, more targeted engagement that is specific to each stakeholder and customer. StoryTraks clients include ITV Studios, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins Publishers and Sony. The data gathering facility is further supported by its automated publishing platform, SaaS ‘Publisher Prime’, that enables third party content providers, authors, publishers and corporations to produce their own digital storytelling applications.


Director of Technology. Jade Software Corporation

“Enabling DevOps through deliberate organisational design”

Tom is responsible for Jade’s technology strategy and ways of working. An AWS-certified cloud architect and experienced engineer, he works with teams to use Agile and DevOps practices to deliver working software constantly and sustainably. Tom is a passionate advocate for open-source software and open standards. In his spare time, Tom is a keen drummer, and is studying to get his private pilot’s license. Senior Leaders in organizations across the world are still struggling to realise the value that a true DevOps way of working can enable. In this talk, Tom will talk about fundamental team types and interaction modes and how DevOps is mostly about humans, not technology.


This event is run by Canterbury Tech



Sep 02
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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