New Zealand Staking Claims as Next Silicon Valley

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Australia, and Sydney in particular, has long been considered a contender as the “next Silicon Valley.” It even has a popular online community known as Silicon Beach. There’s been a good deal of debate that a place like Silicon Valley cannot be replicated. It is a once-in-modern-times occurrence where education, economics and lifestyle mixed in just the right amounts created an innovation super-power society. But that theory doesn’t stop other regions from trying.

The latest place staking claims as the “next Silicon Valley” is New Zealand. As this story from ZDNet explains, four major cities in New Zealand – Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch – all have the “fine universities, which will supply the workers for any tech-based venture. All four score highly on culture and lifestyle/quality of life issues.”

And, New Zealand, like Australia has a deeply rooted culture of innovation brought on by necessity of being located almost a day away from leading Western business hubs in the US and Europe. (Read more from the ZDNet piece)

Kathy Drasky
Kathy Drasky regularly writes about online culture. Her marketing and communications work with the ANZA Technology Network, Advance Global Australians and with various Australians and Australian enterprises has led to at least a dozen trips Down Under.

An accomplished digital photographer, her photos have appeared in 7x7 Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and Google Schmap.
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One Response to New Zealand Staking Claims as Next Silicon Valley

  1. john August 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Amazingly Peter jackson’s wetaworld has done a good job competing with Hollywood on special effects.

    To make that jump across the tech barrier might be a little harder.

    Right now New Zealand doesn’t even have a first class fiber connection to the world. Even business hasn’t solved that problem its unlikely they have the passion for anything greater

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