Introducing the Idealog + Studio ZQ Wool-ovation competition: Enter now!


Introducing the Idealog + Studio ZQ Wool-ovation competition: Enter now!

Idealog is one of the few media brands dedicated to celebrating New Zealand’s special brand of creativity. The New Zealand Merino Company has helped transform the sheep industry from a faceless commodity into a supplier for premium global brands. So, like Allbirds and Icebreaker are to merino farmers, we've teamed up to to celebrate the opening of its Studio ZQ innovation space in Christchurch and our design community’s talents by asking our audience to design a product that harnesses the potential of strongwool. The winner will win two all-expenses paid trips worth more than $7000: a five-day trip to Christchurch to develop their idea, and a five-day trip to San Francisco, USA to meet with US-based innovation experts. Read on to find out more.

NZ Startup Bootcamp + Idealog

$20,000 up for grabs, 20 hardworking teams battling for the chance to pitch on stage, 48 hours of refinement and just two winners to be crowned. Idealog’s editor Elly Strang, Dame Julie Christie, Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands and Vend founder Vaughan Fergusson were tasked with picking two winners in Soda Inc’s NZ Startup Bootcamp: the best start-up, and the best new idea. Elly Strang shares the inside scoop from the judging, and the key learnings she took away about what new founders should be thinking about.

Wave after wave

Earlier this year, architecture organisation ADEDU put out a call for students and professionals to redesign the Band Rotunda at the Oriental Bay Pavilion, a site that has sat unoccupied since an earthquake in 2016. Now, the first prize winner has been announced as Russia-based Stanislaw Michalowski’s Wellington Wave design. Plus, the jury were impressed by several other strong international contenders.

Idealog's Most Innovative

Over the course of time, innovators have introduced new ideas into existence to transform the way we live, the way we work and the way we play. We celebrated our country’s wide array of creative individuals last year with the launch of Idealog’s Most Creative, and this year, we’re showcasing New Zealand’s most forward-thinking companies through Idealog’s Most Innovative – but entries are closing soon. Read on to find out how to get involved.

Idealog + Smales Farm

Having a great idea for business is one thing, but bringing that idea to life? That’s where the hard work begins. A few months back, Idealog joined forces with Smales Farm to host The Race for Space. The competition gave entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage businesses a chance to battle it out for a year’s free office space at New Zealand's smartest co-working space, the B:HIVE, on Auckland’s North Shore. Six finalists, seven judges, some careful deliberation and countless blueberry muffins later, a decision was made. And out of the impressive array of finalists – from AI chatbots to hemp tampons – it was Emergency Q, a healthcare application, that came out on top as the winner, while Feed My Furbaby was runner up. Here, we have a chat with the winners. PLUS: watch the wrap video of the finalists pitching their ideas.

Winner winner!

For Idealog's just-released design issue, we got some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business to play with Lego. Artist Josh Lancaster (or, more accurately, the Josh Lancaster 'mini-figure') developed a series of Lego landscapes inspired by Auckland and Hawkes Bay. After receiving almost 100 elaborate bribes and sob stories for the Lancaster Lego masterpiece, we picked through the bunch and found our deserving winner. Read on below for some of our favourite entries.