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NZCS Newsline 4 March 2011
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This week:

  • Paul Matthews: What is education, anyway?
  • Juha Saarinen: Spoilt?
  • Steve Davis: ICT in a Disaster (or is it ICT *is* a Disaster?)
  • Rod Drury: Rod Drury on Start-Ups: Hunting for Angels
  • ICT around town: All the latest ICT-related events in your area
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This Week at NZCS

Paul MatthewsWhat is education, anyway?
by Paul Matthews, NZCS CEO

As many of you will know we've been embroiled in a debate with the Charities Commission over the last year or so as to the educational nature of our activities. Earlier this week the High Court released their ruling, dismissing our appeal.

Without going into huge detail, in short we are of the view that we exist for the advancement of education, in various forms and in various contexts. When you break our activiites and purposes down we think it's very hard to draw any other conclusion - after all, in its rawest form professionalism is simply education + application of that education (ie experience) + ethics.

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Juha SaarinenSpoilt?
by Juha Saarinen, NZCS Newsline Editor

This week a very thin Steve Jobs introduced the even thinner version two of the iPad tablet, the device that people don't really need but still buy in large numbers because it's made by Apple.

Version two brings… well, a few new things like a dual-core Apple A5 SOC brain, cameras back and front and some further bits under the hood that look nice.

The iPad 2 isn't a must-have upgrade for iPad 1 owners though and makes me wonder if Apple's creativity and innovation has started to plateau. Perhaps it's us, the target market, that's spoilt?

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Steve DavisICT in a Disaster (or is it ICT *is* a Disaster?)
by Steve Davis, CDEM and Red Cross Responder

Christchurch-based NZCS Deputy President Steve Davis has been very actively involved "on the ground" in the recovery efforts in Christchurch, operating ICT support for the Red Cross and USAR during the rescue efforts following the quake.

This week Steve shares his initial views of the core rescue effort from an ICT and Telecommunications perspective.

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Rod DruryRod Drury on Start-Ups: Hunting for Angels
by Rod Drury, CEO, Xero

In my last article I talked about creating a pitch document for funding. Now, where do we find the actual money?

Here in New Zealand the predominant form of investment funding comes from so-called Angel investors. Angel investors typically fund at earlier stages of a start-up than Venture Capitalists.

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