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Elly Strang

Elly Strang

Deputy editor

Elly is Idealog's deputy editor and resident dog enthusiast. She enjoys travelling, tea, good books, and writing about exciting ideas and cool entrepreneurs.

Rrrebrrrand

Invercargill is well known for its wide 'Parisian' boulevards, infamous mayor, the world’s Southern-most McDonalds (we think), an abundance of oysters and cheese rolls, as well as the highest incidence of R-rolling in the country. However, the city hasn't ever established a lasting brand identity, and locals decided the time had come to figure out what the town stood for. Designer Tim Christie talks us through the Invercargill brand’s new “stoic” look and feel.

Reality check

Entrepreneurship is well known for having a culture of grinding towards success, with workaholics like Elon Musk and Tim Cook held up as successful modern-day superheroes. However, this same culture has given way to serious concerns around founder mental health, both here and further abroad. BizDojo co-founder Nick Shewring opens up about his experience with anxiety and depression, and shares some of the insights the company has gleaned into New Zealand founder mental health through its research.

Future of work

Many have questioned whether New Zealand’s education sector is doing enough to help students prepare for a digital world, but if the teachers sharing their stories with the Mind Lab are anything to go by, the future is in safe hands. The digital education provider has launched a platform that showcases what teachers are doing to prepare the next generation for the changes ahead.

Levelling up

The game development sector in New Zealand earned $99.87 million in the year ending March 2017, up from $88.9 million in the year previous. That’s double-digit growth – but those in the industry say with a little help, this figure could soar well beyond nine figures.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

The words Giapo, ice cream and innovation often go hand-in-hand in sentences, as the chef’s passion for furthering his craft is common knowledge. But behind the larger-than-life Italian persona is a man with his eyes fixed firmly on the future technology. We had a chat with the undercover futurist about when AI will come for everyone’s jobs, how humans will soon be able to live forever and why it’s not nuclear bombs we should be worried about.