In the past decade, co-working spaces have transported from the tech pockets of San Francisco, into mainstream global institutions. In Auckland, the trend has been acutely felt, spurring the creation of GridAKL, an ever-growing innovation campus in Wynyard Quarter. It ties into a greater plan by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Auckland Council’s Innovate Auckland initiative, to welcome diversity of thought – mixing government, businesses and communities to drive innovation and solve the city’s complex challenges. We chat to Marissa Brindley, Manager Innovation Precincts at ATEED and Kerry Topp, Associate Director, Transformation and Innovation at Datacom, and voice of Wynyard Innovation Neighbourhood (WIN), to explain the benefits of these spaces and how innovation can help solve some of Auckland’s complex challenges and ensure the city is best prepared for the future.
Auckland is, like it always seems to be, in a state of transition. A gangly yellow crane hovers somewhere in the peripheries and a new co-working space threatens the once grotesque Karangahape Road. The construction across central Auckland feels rushed, anxious and exciting (for some), as events such as the 36th America’s Cup, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Rugby World Cup 2021 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, loom on the city’s calendar.
Auckland, like many other cities across the world, suffers from enclaves of inequality. The economic gulf between Ponsonby’s soy latte drinking elite, and the communities out in Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Mangere-Ōtāhuhu, has only widened in recent years. So how can the city build more inclusive economies?
Creativity is the fastest growing skill in the workplace. In a world fraught with environmental, economic and social challenges, few could doubt the importance of creative solutions. So, how can Auckland best support the growth of our creative industries? One integral player will be Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), which works collaboratively with central and local government, education providers, businesses and communities to foster the success of creative industries. We sit down with its general manager of economic development Pam Ford and a local business, inMusic, which is reshaping the New Zealand music scene.
Some of the most distinguished minds on the future of work came together with Auckland employers, industry, education providers and youth, for an educational and interactive day at the Future Ready Summit 2019.
There’s no shortage of innovative businesses in North Auckland, at least if Techweek’s Grow North: Powering World Leading Innovation event is anything to go by. We speak with Smales Farm marketing manager Mark Kelly about why north of the Harbour Bridge is a booming hub for businesses.
John Ahearn - a University of Canterbury postgraduate Antarctic Studies grad who is working to make research on the world's southernmost continent safer - is the winner of the first New Zealand Space Challenge.
Following the Changing the World with Creativity and Innovation event at Techweek, which celebrates Auckland's unique creative sector, we spoke with associate director of Unleash Space Darsel Keane about how important it is for students to see that creativity is diverse, inclusive and spans many industries, as well as the rise in interest of social enterprises from a school and university level.
Finalists for the first New Zealand Space Challenge have been announced - and one of those is a University of Canterbury postgraduate Antarctic Studies grad whose efforts making research on the world's southernmost continent safer may just help us explore the cosmos more safely, too.