An Auckland-based big data company has made the immeasurable measurable and transformed the way museums operate, and is working towards helping them predict which future exhibitions will work best. Dexibit uses big data to collate information on visitors, helping cultural institutions chart a digital territory that was previously untraveled.
Jennifer Rutherford has been named as the Hi-Tech Trust’s new chair and has vowed to help with the organisation’s newly announced goal to encourage more diversity in the sector. She fills the gap left by Wayne Norrie, who stepped down from after 10 years at the helm in May.
The oldest joint in Wellington is offering patrons a modern take on the dining experience as part of the 2017 Wellington On a Plate food festival. The Thistle Inn is using VR to tell the story of one of its meals, from catch to plate, as well as the story behind a Garage Project brew that’s matched with the meal. Idealog took it for a test run.
Tuatara is one of the most established craft beer brands in the business. In light of the Beervana festival, which kicks off today, Idealog enjoyed a brew or two with craft beer guru Scott Boswell and talked about how far the industry has come in the last 15 years.
What happens when you combine water, electricity and a form of art? The Waterlight Grafitti installation. The interactive piece, which will be in Aotea Square for the month of August, is a collision between a natural element – water – and technology – LED lights, allowing people to create lit-up, non-permanent grafitti using liquid.
The Ministry for Women has released a guide called Decoding Diversity to help education providers attract and retain more women into the tech industry. It offers tips on how to combat the stigma that stops girls in schools and women in university seeing STEM subjects as an attractive career path.
Is modern tech the answer to teaching cultural understanding and acceptance? A business born out of AUT called Titan Ideas is using augmented reality and other mediums to teach the stories of different cultures around the world to children. Its founder hopes it will help preserve cultural stories for the next generation.
Polaroid cameras, Gameboy Nintendo’s, record players, high-quality pens and paper – items that should’ve been deemed obsolete by the rise of tech have never been cooler to obtain. We talk with Montblanc New Zealand director Neil Baudinet about why its luxury stationery is still going strong and why it’s merged new tech with the old.
Dan Khan has had his hands in a few start-up related pies – in particular, Lightning Lab and Startup Weekend. Now, he’s taken his learnings and co-founded a new virtual accelerator programme ZeroPoint Ventures that’s even got Bill Reichert singing its praises. Idealog had a chat to him about the premise behind it.
If you live in Auckland, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Paul Walsh’s work – it adorns countless Chorus DSL boxes and the Rock Shop memorial wall. The web designer-turned-artist talks how he made a living out of his hobby and why going viral online is slightly overrated.