I’ve been thinking about things following on from Brenda’s post the other day, where she spoke about the interconnectedness of the Wellington ICT and Blogging scene (included in which was myself which I take as a compliment, albeit a little misguided, living as I do in the Mainland).
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the graduation launch for the Hi Tech Programme, an initiative run through the CDC which seeks to take 10 businesses a year and put them through a mini-incubator where they learn some of the multitudinous and varied skills needed to grow their businesses. At the end of the programme the participants put on a mini trade show and present their businesses to an invited audience made up of business people, investors and educators.
There where a number of people there last night – John, Chris et al from CDC, Phillip from ConnectNZ was there, Matthew from the cii also. Patrick from PROconsulting, who delivered some of the learning for the participants, was there. NZTE, who funded much of the programme, were well represented. The course participants where there obviously, ECOBOB, EDH Bike, Enfinit, GOWEKA, iDesign, Interclue, Inventious, Libros, The Voice Booth and Tor designs.
Lots of names in there, the difference between Brenda’s post and my own is that each of her names are active bloggers as well as being active industry players. It’s something that seems apparent when comparing the Wellington and Christchurch scenes – Wellingtonians seems to have a higher uptake of blogging. Now maybe people think it doesn’t matter but I think it does. If Web 2.0 is all about community and user influenced development, then surely blogging is the ultimate expression of that. If an entire group of industry players are not exposing themselves on and to blogging perhaps their ability to provide a service relevant to the 2.0 economy is compromised.
Anyway – the launch was great and hopefully the next generation of serial entrepreneurs was on display last night.