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Stuff senior product manager of experience Justine Kotkin has just returned from the Ideas & Innovation Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in San Francisco. Now in its sixth year, The Catalyst Conference attracts a powerhouse audience from every corner of tech. Kotkin shares some thoughts on what she loved, what she learnt, and what Kiwi women in tech should do more of.

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Idealog's Design Series Event is fast approaching, and will feature talks from design deity Peter Haythornthwaite, Method Agency's managing director Sam Ramlu, craftsman, sculptor and educator Carin Wilson, and RCG's associate director Andy Florkowski, as well as live painting from up-and-coming artist Jake Feast, as well as the grand reveal of the winner of our Blunt + Generator Umbrella experiment. With just over a week to go, now is a great time to get tickets.

Experiential design

An event called OFF Grid was held in the capital last month to explore what makes Wellington an experiential city and how experiential design fits into that. Here, Method business director Brad Smith shares some insights.

Future thinking

The future can be an anxiety-inducing prospect, particularly when it comes to figuring out what the world will look like in 50 years’ time. But an event coming up in Wellington called Optimistic Futures plans to explore just that, in an optimistic, no doomsday, apocalypses kind of way, in order to see how the government can help shape the future of New Zealand.

Dunedin will welcome a number of Angels on October 30 for the sixth annual New Zealand summit for angel investors.