Vodafone further expanded its global business accelerator programme this week with the launch of the Vodafone xone innovation hub in Christchurch. Ten kiwi tech businesses have been chosen as the original participants, operating in a number of diverse industries from drones to IoT data. Vodafone xone will support this Kiwi tech talent through providing the participants with funding, mentoring and the opportunity to work in a collaborative environment in a new, specialised facility. Technology businesses from outside the Vodafone xone programme will also be able to to use the state of the art facilities.
Vodafone's decision to base the xone in Christchurch, and build a $50 million headquarters there, provides extra stimulation to the Christchurch re-build.
The team at Hudson Gavin Martin is proud to have helped Vodafone with implementing Vodafone xone, and is also excited to see a number of its clients accepted into the programme. We look forward to seeing the results!
Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams says for Vodafone, it’s all about nurturing new technology and innovation. “This is about getting involved with young, new companies, and we’ve been passionate about it for some time,” he says. “We’re also hoping there will be a huge range of new products that will come out of this that we can also provide to our customers in partnership with those companies.”