FluxNZ

Launching the 2014 flux report for Canterbury

Jun 24 2014

Today Memia and Sourced with support from Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) are pleased to launch the inaugural 2014 FLUX report for Canterbury – profiling the region’s Technology and Innovation sectors in depth. The report represents many months of effort from the FLUX team who have researched and compiled it, scouring websites, social media and interviewing many of the individuals who make this industry so exciting to work in locally. The result is a substantial deliverable which shines a light on the scale, diversity and quality of commercial technology innovation which is happening right here in Christchurch and Canterbury.

Backstory: during my time over the last few years as part of the team organising the Canterbury Software Cluster I became aware of just how many innovative software, electronics and manufacturing firms were operating from their bases here in Canterbury. However I was consistently aware that many of these companies were not advertising their presence here in the region – often focused on their overseas markets but also having very few media channels covering the exporting technology industry. The value provided by the Cluster to bring firms together, promote knowledge sharing and collaboration has made a significant difference to the growth of the industry.

The technology industry is New Zealand’s fastest growing sector – exports have doubled over the past six years and at more than $7 billion it’s now the country’s third largest export earner behind dairy and tourism. It also provides some of the most well paid and challenging careers in the country. However, even today with the likes of Xero, SLI Systems, Wynyard Group, Diligent and others representing significant steps forward in the national tech ecosystem and GDP, there is still limited mindshare for the industry relative to other sectors like agriculture and property development.

It was while talking these issues over with friend and colleague Jason Bishop, GM of Sourced – one of New Zealand’s leading ICT recruitment firms – that we hit upon the idea for FLUX: let’s go and do the research on the sector and provide engaging content which tells the story of the NZ Tech Industry from the inside out. Furthermore, let’s start right here in Canterbury to show how our resilient and innovative firms have weathered the challenges of the 2010-2011 Earthquakes and are now forging ahead on a growth path.

The FLUX report comes in two deliverables:

1) a 150-page report on the Christchuch Technology and Innovation sectors, including a full listing of all the firms identified during our research.

2) an A0-size poster infographic which shows the logos of all the tech organisations who operate in Canterbury in the sectors covered – an informative and educational resource.

Access the downloads or order a printed copy here:  http://fluxnz.com

It’s our first attempt at compiling the FLUX report so if you notice any errors or omissions please contact us editor@fluxnz.com – we’re more than happy to make a correction.

From the whole FLUX team, we hope you enjoy the report!