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Massey Uni students win big at global IoT challenge
At the Keysight IoT Innovation challenge in New York City, the team was awarded US$25,000 in cash and US$25,000 worth of select Keysight test equipment for Massey University as the global winner of the Smart Land category.
Registration for Sprout Accelerator open; $500,000 up for grabs
Eight New Zealand start-ups will be selected to join the six-month accelerator, which provides business coaching, mentoring, network access and courses.
Kiwi startups head to San Francisco for TechCrunch Disrupt
The Kiwi startup founders, recent graduates of ecentre’s Sprint Global programme, will join around 10,000 people interested in the startup and technology world at the TechCrunch Disrupt event.
Massey Uni & Stats NZ launch first research database
Massey University and Statistics New Zealand opened the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) laboratory, which will provide staff and student use for IDI-approved projects.
NZ managers prefer intuition to big data, Massey study finds
Many senior managers in New Zealand businesses have an inherent distrust of big data, opting instead to rely on their own intuition.
ecentre's Sprint Global 2019 accelerator primed for action
“Entrepreneurship is in our core in New Zealand, so we need to focus on what we’re good at – innovative products."
PhD student's wildlife-monitoring drone wins award
“You see a lot in the media about the threats facing yellow-eyed penguins in New Zealand, but those reports are mainly based on penguins from the mainland."
Lack of financial support for Māori entrepreneurs leaves businesses struggling
Māori entrepreneurs are being held back from financial success due to issues with accessing finance, managing debt and wealth, and tax compliance.
Virtual reality could be the future of market research
"I thought the time was right to jump into this VR gap because the first consumer VR headsets were released just as I began working on my PhD.”
Bungy jumping from an airship over Queenstown could be a reality - one day
"I have to admit it really surprised me that over 30% of participants were willing to pay to do that.”
Gamers: Don't open that loot box, or you may become a gambler
Could randomised loot boxes in your favourite video games be giving you a similar hit to the psychological effects of gambling?
Massey Uni and NZVRARA team up to support VR development
“The mixed and virtual reality industry in New Zealand is estimated to double within two years.”
The Amazon effect: Kiwi retailers spooked by commerce giants
“Domestic retailers have to pay GST and overseas retailers don’t, so there is effectively a cost disadvantage for local businesses.”
Oracle's $60,000 gift to Kiwi bug researcher about sharing knowledge with the world
Traditionally organisations keep bug & vulnerability findings for themselves, but Oracle and Associate Professor Dietrich take a different approach.
New business programme focuses on alternate model to scale startups
Rather than the traditional get-investment-ready approach, the Sprint Launch programme will instead focus on early revenue and customer acquisition.
Massey Uni’s new ecentre chief wants to “walk the talk"
“If you are promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, you have to be innovative and entrepreneurial.”
Opinion: Phonics more important than ever in a digital age
Massey University children's literacy specialist Tom Nicholson discusses how spelling is even more relevant in a digital age than ever before.
Are digital devices impacting tertiary students' eyesight?
"One of the most noticeable differences [...] was the heavy daily use of digital devices such as mobile phones which was up to 12 hours per day."
Tokelau's education system to be brought into 21st Century
"The project is being undertaken at a critical time for the island nation, which is under threat from rising sea levels caused by climate change."
Success with te reo app means more resources are coming
"For me, the reach of it and the meaningfulness of what it’s contributing, that’s what is awesome for us."
Massey grad encourages more Maori into digital pathways
"I wanted to merge what I know and love – the Māori and digital worlds."
Social media makes academic research more accessible
"Academics no longer operate from the safety of ivory towers: they are able to engage with a much wider audience."
New Zealand book tackles local and global cyber security policy
“Getting businesses to cooperate on cyber security seems as hard as prompting rival nations to join efforts against cyber terrorism & cybercrime."
Massey Uni expert: Secure internet? It's just salesmanship - we're more at risk than ever
"“A large denial-of-service attack could shut down communications to the whole country quite easily."