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Connecting Canterbury to a Knowledge Economy

Tuesday 10:40am - 11:10am, IITP (Axios Plenary Room)

In the years following the Canterbury earthquakes many of us witnessed that the business communities coming together made a massive difference to social and economic recovery.

Likewise, at the EPIC technology campus, it was not the building, but the tenants and technology community groups working together which has made a lasting difference to the city of Christchurch.

Wil McLellan, Co-Founder of EPIC will share the scope and impact of these disruptive collaborations and the work being done to extend and amplify the benefits across NZ and help move us towards a knowledge economy.

Speaker

Wil McLellan

Wil has over 17 years of international experience in the technology industry; from developing business for global organisations to creating computer gaming start-ups and building technology hubs.

Following the Christchurch earthquakes Wil created the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus (EPIC) with Co-Founder Colin Andersen. Colin and Wil worked with more than a dozen partners, including Google, to develop the innovation hub from concept to reality.

EPIC was one of the first developments in the Christchurch Red Zone. EPIC now houses over 280 people across 25+ technology focussed companies within a campus style building offering shared services for business efficiency and encouraging inter-company collaboration for opportunity development.

Following the completion of EPIC, Wil was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his subsequent project to create “Innovation Bridges” between New Zealand and the rest of the world. In addition to his ongoing work with EPIC, Wil is now the GM of Technology for Assurity Consulting, helping the largest companies in New Zealand deliver their products and services to market with increased speed and quality.