Colin McCahon’s artwork proved to be a fitting backdrop when over 140 technology interns, entrepreneurs and investors gathered for Unlimited Potential’s Wellington to the World in 2010. It reminded us powerfully that the business of technology always sits within a context of scholarly endeavour. This relationship was no better illustrated than by the tech talks from Victoria University researchers who spoke about the possible commercial applications of their work. Dr. Winston Seah’s presentation proved particularly thought-provoking and entertaining and even had us imagining underwater internet powered by crustaceans.
With the excellent new venue at Rutherford House generously provided by Viclink, the event was able to spread its wings considerably. W2W 2010 encapsulated a demo zone for emerging companies, including some of the hottest technology currently being incubated at Creative HQ. Notable amongst these was 77 Pieces which is setting out to redefine computer aided fashion design. Company founder (and Academy Award winning Weta Digital special effects guru) Sebastian Marino also stepped up to bat during the entrepreneur flash talks in the latter part of the evening.
We were also honoured during the evening by a visit from Sir Peter Maire, arguably one of New Zealand’s leading tech entrepreneurs. The Navman founder was the guest of event partner Grow Wellington and was visiting the city for activities related to the KEA World Class New Zealanders programme. It was a thrill to see Sir Peter and the other KEA VIPs engaging with our entrepreneur speakers and demo companies.
W2W once again run in association with the Summer of Tech launch which began with an inspiring talk by Xero CTO Craig Walker. Now in its third year the event formed part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in New Zealand. Many thanks to Victoria University and Viclink for providing a great venue and to our event partners, Wellington City Council, Grow Wellington, Summer of Tech, Angel HQ & City Link and especially our presenters and demo companies. As W2W continues to go from strength to strength, we are already looking forward to another amazing session in 2011.
Photos of the event: http://UP.org.nz/gallery/wellington_to_the_world_2010
Video of the presentations: http://www.youtube.com/UPW2W