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Canterbury Tech Cluster November 2018

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BLINC Innovation, Lincoln University

Gate 3 off Springs Road

Lincoln, 7674

New Zealand

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Join us at our upcoming monthly Cluster event on 6th November at BLINC Innovation on the Lincoln University Campus. The event will have an agritech focus. We will hear from four guest speakers:

  • Grant Ryan - Founding coordinator at The Cacophony Project will be speaking on "Using technology to make predator trapping 80,000 times more effective".

  • Bridgit Hawkins - Executive Officer / Executive Director, of award-winning NZ agritech company Regen will be speaking on "Potential for technology to support water irrigation".

  • Ryan Higgs - CEO of OnSide, utilising technology to support agricultural health and safety

  • Blair Miller - Lincoln Agritech, speaking on "The development and commercialisation of the Lincoln Agritech Optical Groundwater Nitrate Sensor"

Outline of the evening:

5.30pm Networking, drinks and nibbles

6.00pm Canterbury Tech (David Carter), industry news & quick pitches

6.20pm ChristchurchNZ narrative - Tim Loftus, General Manager - Marketing Brand and Communication

6.30pm Two Stream Presentations

  • Room 1 - Grant Ryan followed by Bridgit Hawkins

    Room 2 - Ryan Higgs followed by Blair Miller

7.00pm Networking and drinks

7.30pm Event closes

How to find the venue:

BLINC Innovation is within the Lincoln University campus in a building known as Blinc Workshop. If you enter the University car park through Gate 3 (off Springs Road) and use the Orchard car park, you will see the signs, just look out for the b.!


Our Speakers

Grant Ryan, Founding Coordinator at The Cacophony Project

Grant is a hopelessly addicted inventor. He has founded a number of companies including GlobalBrain.net (sold to NBCi), RealContacts (sold to Intel), SLI Systems (listed NZX) and Eurekster, YikeBike and PurePods. He is now having fun trying to help make NZ predator-free with The Cacophony Project. He has also served on the board of The Foundation for Research Science and Technology, the New Zealand Government's Venture Investment Fund and Canterbury Development Corporation. Grant has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Ecological Economics from the University of Canterbury.


Using Technology to make Predator Trapping 80,000 times more effective

Grant will be speaking about heat cameras, Artificial Intelligence, sound lures, intelligent traps, paintball guns with poison and quad-copters. How these technologies are combined tackle our largest ecological problem of invasive species.



Brigit Hawkins, CEO - Executive Officer / Executive Director, Regen

Raised on a Reporoa sheep and beef farm, Bridgit gained a Masters Degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University before focusing on transforming science into a product or service that adds value.Regen was started with the aim of creating world-class, technology-based solutions for the agricultural sector, spearheaded by our flagship product - ReGen Effluent.Regen Effluent was launched in March 2010 following a successful nationwide farm trial where it was proven to prevent ponds from overflowing and over-irrigation of dairy effluent. It won the TUANZ Innovation Award in 2010 in the ‘Innovation in the Rural Market’ category and received a special commendation at the Hi-Tech Awards in the same year.Since then Regen has expanded into nitrogen application management and water irrigation scheduling and was a finalist in the 2016 Innovation Awards.


Ryan Higgs, CEO at OnSide

Ryan has a science and farming background and has held various innovation roles in the dairy sector. Ryan’s interest is in developing a practical tool that makes rural health and safety management easy. Ryan co-founded OnSide with Michael Falconer and Juliet Maclean to develop a technology-based system to support farmers and rural workers with Health and Safety. The system comprises mobile real-timerisk registers, sign in/out for contractors and visitors and risk/incident reporting. OnSide has received funding from Agmardt and Callaghan and worked with Jade Software to develop the product. OnSide launched in April 2016.


Dr Blair Miller, Group Manager, Environmental Research, Lincoln Agritech Ltd

Blair has over 25 years of industry experience and has worked on environmental management issues for a wide range of areas including the mining, forestry, agriculture and tourism sectors. Blair has significant experience with technology development and commercialisation in the Agritech space.

Blair will present on the development of the Hydrometrics sensor which a low-cost technology for measuring nitrate concentrations in groundwater and has been designed and developed by hydrogeologists and engineers at Lincoln Agritech Limited.

This sensor is being used by a number of regional councils in a variety of projects; such as understanding the positive impact of the Managed Aquifer Recharge trials in Mid-Canterbury. Farmers are now starting to install these sensors so they can directly measure nitrate levels under their properties and collect data that provides them with information that allows them to join the continuing discussions on nutrient allocations for their regions. Visit www.hydrometrics.co.nz to learn more.


Cost: Free for Canterbury Tech members and registered students, $25 for non-members

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BLINC Innovation, Lincoln University

Gate 3 off Springs Road

Lincoln, 7674

New Zealand

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

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