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  • Blog Post: GreenButton Launches InCus

    Wellington-based cloud technology company GreenButton launched a new cloud service last week, named inCus . This service combines cloud computing and smart language recognition technology (licensed from Microsoft Research) to create a searchable index from spoken words in video footage . Imagine the...
  • Blog Post: 2010 NZ Internet Industry Awards

    I’m involved as a judge for the New Zealand Internet Industry Awards . The objective of these Awards is to showcase the transformational impact of the Internet on the community either in its application through businesses or community organisations.  The Awards which were begun by the Liz Dengate...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award

    Team Think from Lincoln University, New Zealand’s Imagine Cup Winner for 2009, with their software solution “LearnIT” designed to increase global literacy rates are off to Cairo, Egypt this week for the World Wide Finals. The New Zealand team will join students from 60 other countries around the world...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft NZ Toolshed

    Yesterday we held a roundtable discussion with industry folks to announce the Microsoft NZ Toolshed. The idea is that in these troubled economic times we need to take the initiative and reach out to the community and industry. We’ve combined some existing programmes with a pile of new initiatives – and...
  • Blog Post: NZ in the MIX

    There’s a great story on Nigel’s blog covering the MIX09 keynote – and in particular the inclusion of Wellington’s SilverStripe in the Web App Gallery (the ten most popular OSS web applications) as part of the MS Web Platform Installer 2.0 beta. Sound surprising? It’s chock full of goodness – have a...
  • Blog Post: Start-Up TV

    The guys at Start-Up magazine have been making a TV series following the fortunes of 20 or so start-up companies over the last six months. In their words: “They've been put through the wringer for the last 6 months, had their business and personal lives placed under extreme scrutiny and been thrown way...
  • Blog Post: Getting to know NZ Developers

    Did you know there is somewhere around 35,000 people who class themselves as software developers in New Zealand? Of course this includes developers, architects, designers, web devs etc. but still a large number of people making their livelihood as a software developer of some sort. One of the biggest...
  • Blog Post: Close Up Report on Computer Viruses

    The TVNZ Close Up programme ran a piece last week on computer viruses which probably succeeded in scaring most viewers while not offering any solutions or even places to look for help. Computer virus How safe is your computer? We all know about fire walls, and anti-virus software. But cyber-criminals...
  • Blog Post: Bizspark - Helping NZ Start-ups...get started

    Last month we launched Bizspark in New Zealand. Bizspark is a Microsoft worldwide programme that makes software and support available to software start-ups to help them launch their business and be successful earlier. All the details are available here - but there's four simple rules to qualify. To be...
  • Blog Post: An Evening with Industry

    I've been invited to speak at a New Zealand Computer Society event on Thursday. They've invited all graduating students from the Wellington region to come along and learn what a career in technology might hold. There will be speakers from a number or organisations presenting. Great initiative - with...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup - Industry Help Needed

    Imagine Cup is an annual event we run to encourage students to get involved in technology careers and innovation through a worldwide competition. A critical part of a team's preparation is working with industry mentors to help them refine their ideas, and present them in the best way possible. Think...
  • Blog Post: New Beginnings - from mainframes to mash-ups

    I have the best job in Microsoft NZ! I lead the Developer and Platform group which is tasked with exciting communities and customers about Microsoft's new and emerging technologies. I've been around MS for some time and have spent years working with customers and partners from the early days of NT, VB...
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