From drone technology to electric farm bikes and computer graphics, from space-age umbrellas to fitness trackers and the world's leading DJ software, New Zealand developers, entrepreneurs and companies are winning in areas where no one thought we could even compete. In this first extract from No. 8 Recharged, the follow-up to the successful No. 8 Rewired, David Downs & Dr. Michelle Dickinson show how the creative thinking that New Zealand has become renowned for is being expanded and improved.
Being in business is like the proverbial roller coaster ride – high highs, low lows, unexpected turns, multiple passengers and, often, a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach. Maya Breen looks at what that journey might sound like.
War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing – except for a range of very handy innovations that we take completely for granted. Peter Lee shows us some of the civilian applications for the latest military technologies.
We’ve come a long way since the mid-1900s, when the dining options available to New Zealanders largely consisted of meat, three veg and tomato sauce at the nearest hotel. Now we’re overwhelmed by choice. So, as technology continues to change the way we dine, what will it look like in 2030?
The Idea Log, Idealog's spirit 'animal', is back. And this time, it's here to propose some coping mechanisms for entrepreneurs who are dealing with some common startup ailments. Because business isn't all beer and Skittles...
The opening of the new Generator @ GridAKL, 12 Madden Street space in September was huge a moment of pride for the entire Generator team. But it was also symbolic of just how much the co-working business has changed in the seven years since the first Generator opened. CEO and founder Ryan Wilson explains some of those changes.
Elections are fascinating beasts. Polls here, polls there. And, then there is the unloved but crucial margin of error. Dot Loves Data’s Dr Paul Bracewell explains why it is so important – and why those who get to grips with uncertainty have a better chance of understanding what is likely to happen in their lives and businesses.
When Snells Beach locals Kate and Mark Gatt set out to create a cognitive behavioural therapy app, they soon realised it was no small venture to embark on. Two years later, the Gatts, many therapists and a developer have built an app that helps those struggling with mental issues combat negative thoughts. We talked with Mark Gatt about the journey the duo has been on, and where they hope to take Thinkladder next.
Xero's longtime CTO Craig Walker knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this fifth and final installment, here are five things that worry him about technology.
Since it kicked off in 2002, MMC has become a leader in the field of fund and investment administration services and currently has funds in excess of $32.9bn under administration. But, as its business has grown, so too has its need for bigger, better and more beautiful office space. So Spaceworks set about creating two floors of inspiration in the middle of Auckland’s CBD.
Like many industries, architecture is being disrupted by changing technology – and tastes – at a pace never experienced before. Ignite Architects' managing director Jeremy Whelan shares what he’s learned in the three decades since the company started – and what it needs to do to stick around for another three.
Our wired world and rising ‘liquid expectations’ are leading more businesses down the path of digital transformation. But those transformations often fail. Fjord’s Andy Polaine talks to Maya Breen about what the era of living services means for businesses and why those that want to stay alive must find ways to come alive like never before.
Xero's longtime CTO Craig Walker knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this second installment, here are five things he wishes New Zealand would do right now.
Xero's longtime CTO Craig Walker knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this first installment, here are five things he wishes he knew before he started his career in tech.
Setting out to raise the social media literacy of New Zealand businesses is a bold task to embark on, but social media specialist agency Mosh thought it could teach companies a thing or two about the online realm. Managing director Jeremy Marks breaks down the state of the New Zealand business social media scene, as well as the direction technology is taking this form of marketing in in the future.
Architecture and design are an expression of culture. And, increasingly, New Zealand’s Māori culture is being acknowledged in our new buildings and public spaces. But, as Rameka Alexander-Tu'inukuafe, an associate and architectural graduate at Jasmax says, there needs to be more of it.
Industrial scale development leaves little room for individual expression. But Vinegar Lane in Ponsonby is a notable exception. Georgina Harris speaks with David Irwin, creative director at Isthmus Group, about the unique project and the concept of ‘collective individuality’.
While Blade Runner’s modern-day remake depicts bioengineered humans in the year 2049, in 2017, a bionic human is being created in Auckland, New Zealand. We talk to two-time gold medallist Liam Malone about failure, ambition, the future of technology and his quest to become the fastest man in the world.