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Webstock and the BNZ Start-up Alley

by James on 25 January 2012, filed under Down the Road

Last year Jessica and I went to Webstock, New Zealand’s annual web technology conference in Wellington. We spent two days soaking up a wealth of ideas the speakers had to offer.  Webstock is an inspired event and it gets the Kiwi technology community engaged and excited. One of my favourite memories was when Tash spoke in closing the conference; she called on all attendees to just “Go and do it. Go out and create!”

This was a concept that Jessica and I had no trouble embracing because along with Harry and John, we were already immersed in the Luumin project.

This year we will be returning, but the experience promises to be a little different. Inspired by last year’s event and feeling hungrier than ever to take Luumin to the world, we entered Webstock’s latest initiative, the BNZ Startup Alley. At the end of last week the news came in. We had made the final six.

Reaching the finals has been fantastic. Jessica is happily postponing her South-East Asia holiday and she is joining Harry, John and I to show the Webstock community what we’ve been up to over the last 18 months. We have a spot in the alley (one of only 6) where we will be talking to as many like minded attendees as we can. We are also fortunate enough to be able to pitch Luumin to a panel of talented and successful judges with the chance of winning an awesome first prize, which includes 3 months in the Kiwi Landing Pad in San Francisco. The timing of this opportunity is perfect for us as we prepare to take Luumin to the world. It really is so exciting – and a little bit scary too!

Now I just hope we still have time to get to all the talks and catch up with all the people we saw last year.

If you don’t have your Webstock ticket, get one now! 13 – 17 February 2012.

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