IT space a new frontier for digital collaboration

At the vanguard of this region’s applied technology.

At the vanguard of this region’s applied technology.

DIGITAL FUTURE: “It has to be cool,” said Marcus Lloyd (left) of First Tribe Technologies about his new office space. He and Ronald Brice (also pictured) of Gisborne.net have brought together some of Gisborne’s digital and IT companies to form Gisborne Technology Partners in a bid to increase collaboration to take on “the big jobs”. Picture by Liam Clayton

A NEW venture between some of Gisborne’s IT and digital technology companies is looking to combine the region’s talent to take on the “big jobs”.

First Tribe Technologies and the collaborative space Gisborne Technology Partners had their official launch on Friday at their Bright Street building.

The opening function took place in First Tribe’s new office space, its white walls lined with flat-screens and hanging wall gardens in a bid to replicate the start-up spaces of Silicon Valley.

“It has to be cool,” said founder and managing director Marcus Lloyd.

Around 70 people packed into the new office space, a mix of industry, supporters, councillors, election candidates, business owners and general members of the public interested in the new venture.

Mr Lloyd’s IT company embraces innovative new technology, including 3D mapping, a marae-based WiFi service called Wai Whai and a drone WiFi service that can set up emergency hotspots.

The drone service, a collaboration with David Drummond of UA Systems, is the kind of work the shared space is intended for.

“We have some really talented people in this region. We wanted to create a space where we can collaborate to come up with innovative solutions to be able to take on international-scale projects,” Mr Lloyd said.

He and Ronald Brice of Gisborne.net are behind the shared space, and pushed hard to get it going. The collective space also includes app developer Springtime Soft, K&L Tech, BPC Consulting and Clarity.

It is not a closed door, Mr Lloyd said.

“It is about building partnerships and collaboration. We are open to as many as want to be involved.”

The various companies run their own services but the shared space means they can combine when they want to take on bigger jobs.

Activate Tairawhiti is supportive of the new venture.

“Marcus and Ronald have done a great job bringing together the talent,” said Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen.

“They reflect the skills and capability of the people living in Tairawhiti-Gisborne and show what can be done with drive and commitment.

“They are at the vanguard of this region’s efforts to grow its wealth through applied technology.”

A NEW venture between some of Gisborne’s IT and digital technology companies is looking to combine the region’s talent to take on the “big jobs”.

First Tribe Technologies and the collaborative space Gisborne Technology Partners had their official launch on Friday at their Bright Street building.

The opening function took place in First Tribe’s new office space, its white walls lined with flat-screens and hanging wall gardens in a bid to replicate the start-up spaces of Silicon Valley.

“It has to be cool,” said founder and managing director Marcus Lloyd.

Around 70 people packed into the new office space, a mix of industry, supporters, councillors, election candidates, business owners and general members of the public interested in the new venture.

Mr Lloyd’s IT company embraces innovative new technology, including 3D mapping, a marae-based WiFi service called Wai Whai and a drone WiFi service that can set up emergency hotspots.

The drone service, a collaboration with David Drummond of UA Systems, is the kind of work the shared space is intended for.

“We have some really talented people in this region. We wanted to create a space where we can collaborate to come up with innovative solutions to be able to take on international-scale projects,” Mr Lloyd said.

He and Ronald Brice of Gisborne.net are behind the shared space, and pushed hard to get it going. The collective space also includes app developer Springtime Soft, K&L Tech, BPC Consulting and Clarity.

It is not a closed door, Mr Lloyd said.

“It is about building partnerships and collaboration. We are open to as many as want to be involved.”

The various companies run their own services but the shared space means they can combine when they want to take on bigger jobs.

Activate Tairawhiti is supportive of the new venture.

“Marcus and Ronald have done a great job bringing together the talent,” said Activate Tairawhiti chief executive Steve Breen.

“They reflect the skills and capability of the people living in Tairawhiti-Gisborne and show what can be done with drive and commitment.

“They are at the vanguard of this region’s efforts to grow its wealth through applied technology.”

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