In a regular section called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them. Kai is a smart, data-driven grocery planning and delivery service soon to be launched out of Auckland. The aim? To decentralise and regenerate the food ecosystem, decreasing waste and prices.
Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines. So, in a regular section in print called Can We Fix It? and in a series of online pop-up sections throughout the year – Idealog and Kiwibank will explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them. First up, the existential threat that is Climate Change.
GridAKL is preparing to open two new buildings in Auckland this year, bringing its footprint to 12,000 square metres. But, as Anna Bradley-Smith discovers, there’s a lot more to it than cool co-working locations. Through a focus on community, place and services, GridAKL is at the heart of a booming innovation precinct that is helping to grow – and diversify – the economy and position Auckland as a high-tech innovation hub of the Asia Pacific region.
Artificial intelligence is intelligent, it’s all in the name. But can it be creative? And should artists, designers and other creative types be glancing over their shoulders with a nervous eye? Anna Bradley-Smith talks to those on the frontline.
Any mention of the cloud these days tends to lead to thoughts of software and server farms. But young Kiwi designer Richard Clarkson has taken a more literal approach and his range of technology-infused, meteorological-themed lights is gaining plenty of global attention.
As the old saying goes, everyone loves a trier. But with triers inevitably come failers – and what happens when they’re not viewed so graciously? Are would-be triers put off? Are growth and development restrained? Anna Bradley-Smith digs into the data.
In 2007, the first Startup Weekend was held in Boulder Colorado. Since then the concept – giving budding entrepreneurs 54 hours to pitch their ideas, form teams to develop the most popular concepts and then re-pitch in front of a panel of start-up experts – has travelled round the world.
Idealog's Jessy Edwards and Anna Bradley-Smith were at the recent Wellington Startup Weekend, themed around education. Here is their video story