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Vend, Xero, Carnival Labs and more at Canterbury Software Summit

Canterbury Software Summit organisers are stoked with the 500 registrations so far (toppling last year's record) for its October 4 conference, the South Island’s largest software industry event.

Steven Joyce will be among the speakers, alongside the likes of Vend's Vaughan Rowsell and Nick Houldsworth (on standing out in a global market), Carnival Labs' Cody Bunea on mobile engagement, Franceska Banga of NZVIF on taking startups international , Owen Evans from Xero on the terror and ecstasy of going global, and EPIC Christchurch's Wil McLellan on disruptive collaboration.

The event opens at 11.45am with the main programme kicking off at 12.15, followed by a networking event from 5.30pm - 8pm. Light lunch, refreshments, drinks and canapés and wi‐fi will be provided. The evening networking session will be hosted by The University Commercialisation Offices of New Zealand (UCONZ), with university displays on facial recognition technology, rocket control systems, landscape visualisation tools, remote electricity monitoring and control systems, acoustics, geographical information systems and more.

Since 2002 the annual Canterbury Software Summit has been organised by the voluntary committee of the Canterbury Software Cluster.

“The Canterbury Software Summit has a long reputation of providing high value learning and networking opportunities, but it’s also becoming a great way to inspire our industry and our people,” says

“In 2011 the Summit grew to another echelon; this year we have sustained high levels of interest in a top calibre and large scale business technology event in Christchurch," says Ben Reid, chair of the committee.

“Our theme ‘From Startup to Global’ is aligned with the interests of all Kiwi software companies. On the day of the event though you often see topical ‘subthemes’ emerging – last year it was massive growth of mobility and smart phones. I can’t wait to see what this year’s big take‐away will be.”

To register see canterburysoftwaresummit.eventbrite.co.nz.

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