IT entrepreneur Scott Houston sees synergies between ICT and creativity, between technology and art.
“I'm really excited about the possibilities of ICT in creative industries, about how we can bring technology and creativity together,” says Scott, founder of the Wellington cloud computing business GreenButton that was sold to Microsoft in 2014.
Before he started GreenButton, Scott was Chief Technology Officer at Weta, working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
“I knew the key part technology played in the transformation in the film industry,” he says. “Now we've got to think how we can use technology in the next creative thing and make New Zealand the place for that because we've got all the ingredients here in Wellington.”
Scott has been instrumental in developing the Wellington ICT Grad School, a postgraduate institution jointly run by WelTec, Whitireia and Victoria University of Wellington.
“The connection with the ICT Grad School was one of the things that really interested me about the idea of Te Auaha. The Grad School isn't just pure computer science; we want to create a place where you've got an eye for new ideas and technologies – and the creative industries is a huge part of that.
Gino Acevedo, alien Maori warrior Orama Fisher, Roger Sowry and Scott Houston at the launch of Te Auaha