Jonathan has been a writer longer than he cares to remember. Specialising in technology, the arts, and the grand meaning of it all, in his spare time he enjoys reading, playing guitars, and adding to an already wildly overstocked t-shirt collection.
The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies in Sustainability/Environmental is For The Better Good. It’s the scourge of every environmentally conscious consumer: the detested single-use plastic bottle. There should be a better way, and now there is: Jayden Klinac has created a social enterprise that produces water bottles made entirely from plants – corn, potatoes and sugar – which are also compostable.
The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies is Tech Futures Lab. Late, great futurist Alvin Toffler called it some time ago: The pace at which technology evolves will one day make it very difficult for workers to stay skilled and relevant in the workplace. That day has surely arrived. Therefore, one can imagine that he would have approved of the Tech Futures Lab, Frances Valintine’s future-focused organisation that hosts training, business coaching and masterclasses, designed to help professionals and organisations to adapt, learn, lead and succeed in this fast-changing world.
Tapware and showerware designer by day for Methven, watch designer at night, Brett Band is the creative force behind Paceracer, a boutique watch brand and a finalist in the 2018 Best Awards. He sat down with Idealog to discuss his craft, and why he's so passionate about the almost forgotten art of handmade timepieces.
A new distributed public ledger system faster and more secure than blockchain? That would be Hedera Hashgraph, an idea compelling enough to attract both Stolen Rum alumni and US$100m in future token sales.
For those who keep a close eye on their Kiwisavings, it was grim start to the year with most Kiwisaver funds dipping troublingly into the red. Things have bounced back in recent months however and with a few new, innovative players entering the market, big players talking themselves up and new rules around providers having to disclose the actual amount paid on fees rather than just a percentage, the Kiwisaver market is suddenly looking a lot healthier and far more competitive. Juno and Pie Funds are the latest to try and shake things up with a new flat-fee option.
Backed by the Ministry of Social Development, Xero and the BNZ, Joy Business Academy has launched two business education-themed video games, Restaurant Tycoon and Tech Tycoon, which aim to provide an immersive, interactive experience that lets players create and operate their own small business in the virtual world – learning key business skills and principles in the process.