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ICT Minister confirmed for Opening Address

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Joining the huge range of thought leaders from within the industry, academia, education sector and Government both presenting and attending the 50th Conference, Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of ICT, is now confirmed to open the conference on the morning of 16th September.
We’re looking forward to the Minister’s perspective on the past, present and future of [...]

Discount Flights to Conference – today only!

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For those heading to the NZCS 50th Anniversary Conference in Rotorua in September, or thinking about it, Air New Zealand has just announced a 24 hour sale on flights to Rotorua from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Auckland to Rotorua, $59 each way
Wellington to Rotorua, $79 each way
Christchurch to Rotorua, $89 each way

If you’re thinking about coming [...]

Get in Quick: EarlyBird Pricing ends 30 June 2010

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EarlyBird Registrations are all but sold out, however we’ve decided to hold pricing until 30 June 2010.
So if you’re planning on coming but haven’t bought your ticket yet, you’ll need to get in quick to take advantage of the EarlyBird pricing – now until 30 June 2010.
You can register at www.innovation.org.nz/registration

Full Conference Programme Released

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The full Conference Programme has now been released, and it’s a doozy!
Conference Presentations
A total of 40 presentations across the two main days ensures there’s something for everyone.
The programme is separated into 4 main Streams:
1) Future of ICT: Future of ICT, what does the next 50 years hold?
2) Professional: ICT Professional Development and learning
3) Innovation: This [...]

It’s never too late to innovate

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Here’s the first post of many leading up to the conference briefly exploring various aspects of Innovation.
What is Innovation?
The dictionary describes innovation as the “Introduction of new things or methods”. This definition looks at the final output; in an ICT or software sense, a completed product.
But what about the other factors that went into making [...]

A special thanks

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One of the things that has been truly excellent thus far while organising this conference is the widespread support from all corners of the sector.
From a sponsorship perspective, a number of companies have been prepared to dig deep and help make this momentous milestone celebration a  reality, and we are truly thankful for this.
In terms [...]

Ian McCrae in the news

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The Dom Post has an excellent profile article on Ian McCrae, founder of Orion Health (one of our countries largest and most innovative software companies).
View the article here.
Ian McCrae will be sharing some of the secrets to his success at the NZCS “50 Years of ICT Innovation” Conference in September, in an effort to help [...]

The New-Zealand Institute has given us a wake-up call on the country’s performance. Our score is D for dismal. Innovation and business sophistication are the most important drivers of income and NZ is “below par”. The Herald picked up on this last month, reporting that “NZ languishes near the relegation end of the OECD league table for Innovation”. So let’s turn the tide. Come and listen to the Keynote speakers at the 50th Anniversary Conference – they have solid experience in converting inventions from ideas to international business success – Sam Morgan, Craig Nevill-Manning, Ian Taylor, Rod Drury, Ian McCrae, Sam Knowles, Nat Torkington. Ask yourself “What can I do to help turn the tide?”

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EarlyBird Registrations Now Open!

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EarlyBird Registrations to the 2010 50th Anniversary Conference are now open!
A strictly limited number of EarlyBird Registrations for the NZCS 50th Anniversary Conference are now available. These will sell out fast, so register now to secure yours.
This is a conference for innovators, entrepreneurs, educators and practitioners offering 8 major Keynotes, 37 presentations, 5 panels/debates, an [...]

Key sponsors confirmed

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A number of key sponsors have been confirmed over the last couple of weeks.
Details will be out soon, but thanks for the huge support this conference is gaining.