Event RECAP: Coffee and Jam 162

EPIC BNZ Lounge was maxed out at this week's Coffee and Jam. We welcomed our new Trustees, Sue Suckling and Lloyd Mander. This is super exciting for Ministry of Awesome as we strengthen and grow our organisation. It was also a great session focused on Tech in NZ.

Speaker 1: Brett O’Donnell- Smart Cross  Brett@webtools.co.nz 

Smartcross is an interactive touch screen device that allows pedestrians to interact with each other. It provides advertising opportunities, news notifications, instant messaging and arcade games. 

  • Why Christchurch? 
  • - Demonstrates Christchurch’s tech-savvy focus.
  • - Encourage residents and tourists back into the heart of the city.


The Christchurch City Council has approved the installation and use of the SmartCross device in three locations for 2 years. They are looking for a partner to help productionise it in these locations. 

Speaker 2: Vikram Kumar- Internet of Things (I.O.T) vikram@kotahi.net 

  • The opportunity is now for Internet of Things. Three things to keep in mind: 
  • - It’s about data and interactions, not connectivity
  • - This is a technology step-change
  • - Business, community and government services’ opportunities are bigger than consumer


Kotahinet is a purpose built public wireless network for the internet of things. It is a technology step change launching in Christchurch that provides carrier grade for long range, low power sensors and connected “things” with a national footprint.It is end-to-end encryption and low cost. It is giving the opportunity to Christchurch business, communities and government services to join a national network. The Internet of Things will be big and is happening now. Business, community and government services’ opportunities are bigger than consumer. Whether you’re interested in hardware, software, networks or complete solutions, the time is now!


- Molly- Life in vacant spaces - if you have an idea for a project email: info@livs.org.nz 

- Christchurch City Council- New Brighton Tiny Huts Design Competition- ccc.govt.nz/tinyhuts for competition details. Competition closes 28th June 

- An exclusive New Zealand premiere showing of LETTERS FROM GENERATION RX followed by a discussion led by Prof Julia Rucklidge, University of Canterbury, about the film and whether natural health products legislation now before Parliament is in the public’s best interests. Thursday 19 May, 6pm at XCHC (376 Wilsons Road)

How to Thrive in Disruptive times with Gary Bolles. Friday 20 May, 5:30pm at EPIC (cnr Manchester and Tuam Street)

- Next Tuesday 24 May at Coffee and Jam: Tshirt Runway! Wear your branded tee and get a shout-out spot for your startup/organisation!