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Elly Strang

Elly Strang

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

A new form of cultural preservation: How one New Zealander is using VR to transport people to the tombs of Egypt

Virtual reality realities

A new form of cultural preservation: How one New Zealander is using VR to transport people to the tombs of Egypt

The man behind what’s been dubbed ‘the world’s most realistic VR’ is earning worldwide acclaim for his hyper-realistic VR cinematography. Now, Simon Che de Boer’s latest release, Nefertari: Journey to Eternity, takes viewers up close-and-personal in VR to an ancient civilisation that’s not experienced in many people’s lifetimes: Nefertari’s tomb in Egypt. This plays right into the passion driving Che de Boer’s work – to document heritage sites so they’re preserved digitally for years to come.

Football fever

New Zealand streetwear brand I Love Ugly has waded into the football fever engulfing the world at the moment and launched a limited edition FIFA inspired collection of clothes called the 'Legends' collection. While sports brands typically go for the clean, athletic-looking aesthetic in their designs for big sporting occasions, I Love Ugly says it decided to go against the grain and celebrate the occasion with a series of bright, bold, comedic-inspired prints with the help of UK illustrator Chester Holme.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Haman Shahpari and Sergio Figueroa a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch WaHiki Creamery, a healthy alternative to dairy ice cream that’s the first New Zealand ice cream to be coeliac certified.

GLAM rock

While tech entrepreneur Ezel Kokcu readies herself to take her third start-up into the stratosphere, the talented founder has also been named as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Te Papa. Kokcu will be providing hands-on mentorship for participants in the four-month culture-tech accelerator programme, Mahuki. Kokcu has a chat about what wisdom she hopes to impart on the founders, as well as what’s next for her company Passphere.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

We gave Brittany Teei a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch KidsCoin, an online educational platform that teaches children and their wider communities how to manage their money through a virtual currency.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Amelia Diggle a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch HI Jewellery, a 3D printed made-to-order jewellery line that fuses fashion and technology to create ‘wearable tech’ pieces for women in a male-dominated industry.

Cash cow

A young man from Morrinsville is making waves in the agritech world with the award-winning idea behind his company, Halter. The solar-powered, GPS-tracked collar self-herds cows while gathering data about their behaviour, emotions and health and sending it to the farmer’s phone. It recently just raised US$8 million in capital in Silicon Valley from Data Collective, which was the largest investor in the funding round, as well as Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, while Rocketlab’s Peter Beck has dubbed it a ‘billion-dollar idea’. Could this be the future of farming?

Regeneration

Regenerate Christchurch has released its plan to redesign the quake-damaged centre of the Christchurch city – Cathedral Square – to the public. It says its aim is to ensure the space is transformed from being seen as “damaged and uninviting” and returned to its original purpose – a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Safety first

If you’ve ever been involved in an emergency in a public space, you’ll know that privacy is often desired for both the person under duress and the first aid responder trying to help. Three Dunedin retail workers had seen it happen all too often, so they’ve created the First Aid Pod – a pop-up tent that provides shelter and all the medical gear necessary to deal with such a situation.

Opinion

Idealog’s editor Elly Strang recently attended Sydney’s Vivid festival and came back feeling equal parts inspired and wistful that our side of the ditch doesn’t have anything quite on the same scale. Here, she laments the lack of an urban festival celebrating the creative sectors in New Zealand – and chats to Vivid Sydney creative director Ignatius Jones about where the Vivid gets its inspiration from, and how it takes creativity to the masses.