EPIC Podcast (Canterbury Tech)

Canterbury Tech

The EPIC Podcast is a tech focused podcast being produced by Canterbury Tech, New Zealand's most active tech cluster group.

Each episode will feature an interview with a tech leader, either discussing their or their company's journey, lessons they've learnt along the way or delving into a particular area of speciality. Also including news, info & upcoming events.

All Episodes

For this episode of The EPIC Podcast, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton (GM of Canterbury Tech) speak with Ryan Higgs, co-founder and CEO of Onside, who have developed a digital check-in app for farmers, growers and contractors with a fast growing user base across New Zealand and Australia.

Nov 20

26 min 46 sec

For this episode of The EPIC Podcast, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton (GM of Canterbury Tech) chat with Max Ferguson, founder and CEO of Nitrolabs, discussing the creation of Lumin PDF and Nitrolabs, how they built a user base of 60 million, why their head office is in Christchurch, their new product and Max's experiences and challenges along the way.

Nov 1

37 min 15 sec

For this episode of The EPIC Podcast, Andy Poulsen and Helen Shorthouse chat with Anya Anderson, founder and CEO of RedSeed, discussing RedSeed's journey to date, their expansion into Australia, how COVID has affected their industry and what the future holds.

Oct 7

42 min 31 sec

This episode Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton are joined by Julie Ryan, Managing Director of Custom D, a Christchurch webapps development company that just won the Best Solution for the Public Good at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2021. .

Sep 23

31 min 8 sec

This episode Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton are joined by Blair Cassidy and Bill Stalker from Phocas Software, a fast growing global business intelligence software company.

Jul 22

33 min 34 sec

Continuing our series focused on some of Canterbury's tech success stories that aren't widely known, this episode Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton are joined in studio by David Barley, CEO of Opmetrix, who produce a mobile merchandising & CRM platform for field sales teams.

Jun 17

33 min 42 sec

Continuing our series focused on some of Canterbury's tech success stories that aren't widely known, this episode Andy Poulsen and Helen Shorthouse are joined in studio by Paul Sibson, co-founder and CTO of Linc Technologies. Linc produce HERO, the school reporting and communication tool that is now looking to scale internationally.

May 20

45 min 1 sec

We're back with a new season of The EPIC Podcast. This series we're discussing the background behind some of Canterbury's tech success stories that aren't widely known. We kick off this series with an interview with Josh Flores, General Manager of Comet Backup, who provide a rebrandable backup solution to clients in over 100 countries and ten languages.

Feb 26

32 min 42 sec

This episode we continue our series on the EPIC Podcast discussing the Role of Technology in New Zealand's Post-Covid19 Economic Recovery, where we are speaking with a number of business leaders, politicians and commentators on this subject. For the sixth episode of the series, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, speak with Joanna Norris (CEO of ChristchurchNZ), discussing her thoughts on the best way forward for NZ in our post Covid recovery.

Jul 2020

33 min 57 sec

This episode we continue our series on the EPIC Podcast discussing the Role of Technology in New Zealand's Post-Covid19 Economic Recovery, where we are speaking with a number of business leaders, politicians and commentators on this subject. For the fifth episode of the series, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, speak with the Honorable Dr Megan Woods (MP), discussing her thoughts on the best way forward for NZ in our post Covid recovery.

Jun 2020

32 min 15 sec

This episode we continue our series on the EPIC Podcast discussing the Role of Technology in New Zealand's Post-Covid19 Economic Recovery. Over the next few episodes we will speak with a number of business leaders, politicians and commentators on this subject. For the fourth episode of the series, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, speak with Paul Spain (entrepreneur, futurist, podcaster & commentator), around his thoughts on the best way forward for NZ in our post Covid recovery.

Jun 2020

31 min 52 sec

This episode we continue our series on the EPIC Podcast discussing the Role of Technology in New Zealand's Post-Covid19 Economic Recovery. Over the next few episodes we will speak with a number of business leaders, politicians and commentators on this subject. For the third episode of the series, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, speak with Rod Oram (journalist and commentator), around his thoughts on the best way forward for NZ in our post Covid recovery.

Jun 2020

41 min

This episode we continue our series on the EPIC Podcast discussing the Role of Technology in New Zealand's Post-Covid19 Economic Recovery. Over the next few episodes we will speak with a number of business leaders, politicians and commentators on this subject. For the second episode of the series, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, speak with Ben Reid (director of Memia, beachhead adviser with NZTE, board member, investor and commentator), around his thoughts on the best way forward for NZ in our post Covid recovery.

May 2020

29 min 5 sec

This episode we start a new series on the EPIC Podcast discussing the Role of Technology in New Zealand's Post-Covid19 Economic Recovery. Over the next few episodes we will speak with a number of business leaders, politicians and commentators on this subject. For the first episode of the series, Andy Poulsen and Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, speak with Ben Kepes (board member, entrepreneur, investor and commentator), around his thoughts on the best way forward for NZ in our post Covid recovery. Note that this episode was recorded over Zoom and there are occasional short audio issues.

May 2020

40 min 26 sec

For this episode of the EPIC Podcast Andy Poulsen heads to the Agile Christchurch 2020 conference and speaks with Evan Leybourn (CEO & Founder of the Business Agility Institute), and Shane Hastie (Chair of the Agile Alliance NZ), along with two of the organisers of the event, Leon Maritz and Jeremy Lawson.

Mar 2020

48 min 50 sec

This episode we wrap up our interviews from the Canterbury Tech Summit with Kris Herbert and Andy Poulsen chatting with Lauren Peate, CEO and co-founder of Multitudes, about her career to date and how to build an excellent culture inside organisations. Then Andy is joined in the studio by Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, to review the year that was and discusses some upcoming plans for 2020.

Dec 2019

41 min 50 sec

This episode we're again at the Canterbury Tech Summit with Kris Herbert and Andy Poulsen chatting with Olivier Klein, Head of Emerging Technology at Amazon Web Services, and then we feature an edited cut of James Pearson from Media Suite's presentation at the Summit about defining a shared vision.

Dec 2019

30 min 29 sec

This episode we are live at the Canterbury Tech Summit again, with Kris and Andy interviewing Sonia Cuff (Cloud Advocate at Microsoft),  talking about her career journey, women in tech, technology and much more. Also included in this episode is a selected excerpt from Andrew Leckie of IoT Devzone's session at the Summit, about IoT and Machine Learning, and then we wrap up with some thoughts from a handful of summit attendees.

Oct 2019

46 min 46 sec

This episode we are live at the Canterbury Tech Summit, with Kris and Andy interviewing Stephen Scheeler, the Digital CEO (and ex-CEO of Facebook Australia & NZ), the Summit keynote speaker, with his insights into leaderships, recruitment, trends he's observing and much more. Also included in this episode is a selected excerpt from Brooke Roberts of Sharesies session at the Summit, taking us through the Sharesies story and how they defined their values early on to set the purpose for the organisation.

Oct 2019

34 min 16 sec

In Episode 4 of the EPIC Podcast, Andy Millard discusses the Link Engine Management story, along with some insights into succession planning, changing organisational culture, funding and expansion, and more. In the second part of the episode Michael Trengrove and Feliuai Liu (Uai) update us on the transformation story of Code Club into Digital Future Aotearoa, how they're connecting with Maori and Pacifica kids, and expanding their programme across the country and how people in the tech industry can give back to help the next generation.

Sep 2019

41 min 42 sec

In episode 3 of the EPIC Podcast series, Kris Herbert and Andy Poulsen discuss the Smudge Apps story with Rueben Bijl, covering how they got started, what the team looks like today, and Rueben's observations on the future of apps and what's on the horizon. In part 2 Andy chats with Paul Claridge from Canterbury Angels about the local angel investor ecosystem and how their model works, and wraps things up with an update from Neil Hamilton, GM of Canterbury Tech, talking about the upcoming Tech Summit and Tech Cluster meetings.

Aug 2019

44 min 46 sec

In episode 2 of the EPIC podcast series journalist Kris Herbert interviews Sarah Heal, Director & co-founder of Information Leadership. We talk about their journey so far, their team, how they became Microsoft's exclusive partner for information management in NZ and some of the interesting hiring decisions they've made. Following the interview, Andy Poulsen chats with Ministry of Awesome's Chief Awesome Officer, Marian Johnson, about their new home and the Christchurch innovation ecosystem, and then with Canterbury Tech G.M. Neil Hamilton, about the kick off of the Canterbury Tech Mentor Scheme plus the upcoming Tech Summit and general news.

Jun 2019

41 min 2 sec

For the pilot of the EPIC podcast series we feature journalist Kris Herbert chatting with Shaun Ryan, co-founder of SLI Systems, discussing his journey so far. In part 2, Andy Poulsen chats with Canterbury Tech General Manager Neil Hamilton, covering Tech Week, the Hi-Tech Awards, the Muslim Hackathon and some news about the new Canterbury Tech Mentor Scheme plus the upcoming Tech Summit.

Jun 2019

40 min 49 sec