The 2013 Canterbury Software Summit, held on 3 October at the Addington Events Centre in Christchurch, was a great opportunity to firm up our presence and prove our commitment to the community following the acquisition of Clarus. Clarus were great supporters of the event for many years.
Damian Brown, former Clarus owner and now General Manager Assurity Christchurch, is one of the Summit’s strongest advocates: “We had record numbers again this year – over 520 IT professionals. That proves there’s increasing interest in growing high-level software businesses across the region. Better still, those businesses are really export-focused and that means they’re contributing to national GDP. The Summit is brilliant at helping those businesses keep track of the best of what’s happening out there, to learn from others and apply that learning in practical ways.”
Once again, the keynote speech was delivered by Hon Steven Joyce, MP, Minister for Economic Development and of Science and Innovation (among other portfolios) (pictured below).
A number of top IT speakers also presented, including many from Assurity’s clients – such as Ben Baldwin of Adscale, Ben Casse of F&P Healthcare and Leonie Rae from Christchurch City Council.
After the summit, Assurity held an informal networking event at The George hotel where many of the team had the opportunity to get to know more about the opportunities and challenges facing our South Island clients.