From AUC to the All Blacks

Thomas Verbeek, University of Otago & Sideline Junkies Limited

How much value does the AUC really provide its attendees? Enough value for a partnership with New Zealand All Blacks Ma’a Nonu, Tamati Ellison and Kees Meeuws, apparently. Past AUC Student Developer Scholarship recipient and presenter Thomas Verbeek talks about co-founding Sideline Junkies Limited, a NZ sports company that’s changing the way you keep up with local sport. This talk demonstrates what AUC delegates can achieve with the exposure and skills acquired from AUC events. Thomas discusses his involvement with the AUC, starting a company with All Blacks, the iOS technology involved to make their flagship app “Waterboy”, and the exciting road ahead.


Thomas is a Masters Student in Computer Science at the University of Otago, specialising in computer graphics. He is the recipient of the AUC Student Developer Scholarship of 2010-11. He’s previously worked for Areo, a photorealistic computer graphics company in Dunedin, New Zealand. He’s currently cofounder and lead app developer of Sideline Junkies Limited, a New Zealand and US based sports company.