Coffee and Jam #307

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurial-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space.

This week's speakers are:

1. Vinay Varma - SchoolBell.chat 

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Vinay is the CEO and  co-founder of SchoolBell.chat. Vinay has more than 22 years of experience in the ICT industry spanning 7 countries. Over the years, Vinay has worked as a developer to a senior manager, and the highlight of his career has been his experience as a Blackboard consultant for over 8 years. Vinay implemented e-learning solutions in universities and K12 schools across the United States; he was part of the team that implemented Parent Portal in Fairfax County Public Schools in 2004-05, which was the first implementation of an integrated platform for parents with the Learning Management System.

Vinay will be talking about SchoolBell.chat; a conversation focused platform for parents and teachers to improve parent involvement thereby building a bright future for children.

2. Reuben Bijl - Smudge

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Reuben Bijl is a pioneer in mobile app development. Eleven years ago, Reuben and his business partner Toby Vincent founded Smudge Apps when the iPhone had just landed in New Zealand. Following a string of hits on the App Store and over 8 million global downloads, Smudge started designing award-winning mobile solutions for the enterprise. Today their clients include Coca Cola, Vodafone and New Zealand Police. Reuben will examine the elements that make a great software experience, with a particular focus on usability.

 

Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and fresh bakery bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Milena at milena@ministryofawesome.com

 

SHOUTOUTS

1) Check out Lightning Lab Tourism's Demo Day on 20 August at 530pm. Find out more

2) Eco Villa is running a sustainable weekend getaway in Christchurch on August. Go to https://www.ecovilla.co.nz/reconnect for more info. 

3) Sustainability Business Network is having a breakfast meetup. Connect on Facebook to find out more. 

4) Signal ICT is hosting a Tech Careers and Pizza Night on August 15th. Find out more

5) Workhouse the newest co-working space in Lyttelton is offering a free desk for a day. Go to workhouse.space/freebie for more info. 

6) Startup Weekend Christchurch is back on 27-29 September 2019! Early Bird Tickets and more information are available at http://bit.ly/SWCHCH19!

7) If you're interested in spatial, geo, gis, gps, location, etc; join the next GeoSocial Meetup. All skill levels are welcome. Find out more