Software summit may be largest ever

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: New York-based Jonty Kelt
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: New York-based Jonty Kelt

More than 300 people have already registered for next month's annual Canterbury Software Summit in Christchurch, which organisers say will be the largest in the event's 10-year history.

Last year's summit drew almost 500 delegates and this year's event is expected to exceed that.

Hosted by Canterbury Software Cluster in partnership with University Commercialisation Offices of New Zealand, the half-day conference on October 4 aims to help businesses network and learn from others in the technology sector who are succeeding in overseas markets.

The theme for this year's conference is "From startup to global".

Canterbury Software Cluster chairman Ben Reid said the summit was the largest industry event in the South Island.

"We see a huge potential for New Zealand and Canterbury technology companies and startups to go global and export weightless technology, especially in the age of cloud-computing services and mobile."

The keynote speaker is Hawke's Bay-born Jonty Kelt, chief executive and co-founder of New York-based e-commerce platform provider Group Commerce.

The number of delegates attending the summit had increased each year because of the growing number of people in the industry and the growing Canterbury Software Cluster membership, which meant it was reaching more people, Reid said.

University Commercialisation Offices of New Zealand will host the evening networking event and display innovations coming out of the tertiary sector, including University of Canterbury's Rocketry research group's rocket display, which will demonstrate their control systems for supersonic and hypersonic rockets to be commercialised, in partnership with Auckland-based Rocket Lab Ltd.

See the software summit's website for more information on the event.

The Press