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TedxChristchurch – Student Zach Preston’s Presentation

Congratulations to Zach Preston, who presented his solution, Sentinel, ‘A simple device to never run out of water again’ at TedxChristchurch earlier this month. 

Zach is an engineering student at the University of Canterbury and a keen teenage innovator.
 
At the age of 18, he founded Sentinel Water: an eco-tech startup that aims to reimagine how tanked water supplies are managed sustainably and effectively.
From pitching technology solutions to Microsoft in Seattle to being awarded Top of New Zealand AL Computer Science, Zach has always been fascinated by how technology can completely change the way people think and live.
 
Having worked across several industries as a freelancer, Zach is deeply passionate about applying imagination and creative problem-solving to Aotearoa’s toughest problems through empathetic design.
 
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
 

Impact Summit 2018 Wrap Up

Day One, held on Saturday 29 September, was the flagship and final event of UCE’s first ever Impact Summit, designed for all young impact seekers and people wanting to make a difference in the world.

As well as a line-up of world-class speakers, the Day One programme included 15 workshop sessions with 5 different streams so attendees could personalise the day to suit their interests.

Some of the key learnings from the day were:

1. Overcoming tall-poppy syndrome and embracing a positive and curious mindset is critical to running any sort of venture, campaign or organisation.

2. ‘Impact’ can mean a lot of different things! Measuring impact is complex and it’s important to always be assessing the impact you’re trying to make.

3. There’s no better time than now to get started! We’re lucky to have a supportive ecosystem to help get your idea off the ground, so make a list and get started today.

The event sold out over a week in advance and attracted over 250 attendees including students from Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Palmerston North and even Sydney! 

The event was lead by the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship and supported by a student committee and student clubs. This event was a first for Christchurch and the team have plans to build the Impact Summit into an annual event.

Thank you to our core partners, the Christchurch City Council and Ministry of Youth Development.

The Impact Summit also included a two-day startup competition for tertiary students, the Social Enterprise Challenge, 27 & 28 September, in which entrants worked with experts and business mentors to create a social enterprise that improves resilience in Christchurch.

For Impact Summit 2019 news, and to join the community of changemakers, impact seekers and people making a difference in the world, follow the recently launched:

Impact Summit Facebook and Impact Summit Instagram.

Apply now for the Summer Startup Programme

Applications close soon for the 2016/17 Summer Startup Programme so apply today for your best summer yet!

Our Summer Startup Programme is a 10 week programme from November 2016 to February 2017. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to become involved in the start-up world.

All are welcome – with or without an existing venture or idea.

We also offer a number of scholarships which provide you with $5,000 paid over the duration of the programme! As an official UC scholarship, this will also show on your UC transcript, should you be successful.

By applying today, you are making the first step towards your best summer yet. Our alumni and previous participants consider the Summer Startup Programme to be their best spent summer ever.

Applications close at 12pm on Thursday the 15th of September.

If you are ready to dive in for this fantastic opportunity then fill out this online form.

Still not convinced? Check out our alumni stories or this handy article on 10 reasons why you should apply.

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2015/16 Summer Startup students at the final presentations