Blog: Coffee and Jam 152

Regina Speer pitched Mooj followed by Michael Trengrove speaking on why it's important to teach our next generation coding.

Happy birthday to our amazing Start-Up Activator: Catarina Gutierrez! Thank you for everything you do and bring to Ministry of Awesome, we are so lucky to have you on the team. Today we chose to celebrate this special occasion with our community at Coffee and Jam where Regina Speer pitched Mooj followed by Michael Trengrove speaking on why it's important to teach our next generation coding.

Regina Speer studied and did a thesis on communication design, focusing on music and emotion. She spoke about her app Mooj. Mooj is an intuitive music player which learns about you, what you like and dislike at a certain time, mood and activity. Mooj can be downloaded for free on the app store, and Regina is keen to hear from music lovers, cross platform music developers, or anyone else who feels like they could offer their support to the app. Please help her by filling out this survey:

Michael Trengrove spoke about Code Club Aotearoa - a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for kiwi kids. Around New Zealand there are already 163 code clubs, with around 40 in Christchurch. Code cubs aim to teach the basics of software development to school kids aged 9-12. If you or someone you know is keen to start a club you can visit them at their Clubs run a term at a time, and volunteers usually put in one hour a week. 


Shout Outs

- Melissa is involved in women’s rugby and is interested in athletes looking to get involved in playing, anyone with school contacts and community organisations that their rugby team could help, or any businesses who cater to women who would be keen to offer their team discounts. 

She can be contacted at:


- Toastmasters will be held at EPIC Innovation building every Wed from 12.15pm - 1.15pm. Contact Wendy at


- This Thursday Little Yellow Bird are hosting  the Salam Neighbour Documentary Screening and Discussion on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. This will be held at the Exchange Christchurch at 376 Wilsons Rd at 7pm. A $10 donation (at the door) is kindly requested with proceeds supporting Syrian Refugee families. To register go to:


- Richard is in the process of creating a mobile game - Sheep Trials. Follow him on twitter - errorandtrialit - to get updates on this. 


- CPIT IT Professional Practice students joined us at Coffee and Jam today. They are keen to hear from any start ups, businesses or organisations who could use their help on any projects relating to IT. They are looking for projects that do some good and add value to businesses and the community. Please contact


- Ministry of Awesome is partnering with SMART Consulting to bring you Double Shot Session: Sustainability Workshop. Wed 9 March, 5-7pm at GreenHouse. Register for free HERE.


- Ministry of Awesome is looking for an awesome new trustee. For more information on this position visit


- A desk at Ministry of awesome has become available - if you’re interested you can hot desk for a week free to try it out and see if it’s for you. For more information speak to one of the team from Ministry of Awesome. 


- Ministry of awesome is looking for a volunteer to help with account transactions and receipts. If you’re interested, speak to one of the team from Ministry of Awesome. 


- Cycle Christchurch is hosting a meetup - Bikes, Beer and Banter - on Thursday March 10 at 6pm at 371 St Asaph St. For more information visit:


- Start Up weekend is coming up on April 29 – May 1. Start Up weekend is a 54-hour events where designers, developers, marketers, product managers and start-up enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch start-ups! Tickets are selling fast so get in quick! For more info go to