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Soul Machine’s Greg Cross on winning the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Flying Kiwi award: ‘I’ve never had so much fun working in the tech sector’

Taking tech to the world

Soul Machine’s Greg Cross on winning the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Flying Kiwi award: ‘I’ve never had so much fun working in the tech sector’

Soul Machines co-founder and chief business officer Greg Cross, Predict HQ, Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck and Pushpay were among the big winners of the 2019 NZ Hi-Tech Awards held on Friday, which celebrates the best performing high-tech companies in New Zealand. Cross, who was nominated by his peers into the Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, shares some learnings from a career spent taking New Zealand tech companies to the world, and the direction he hopes the tech sector will take in the future.

New heights, new depths

From the dawn of time, the urge to explore has always been in humankind’s nature, propelling us forward to new discoveries, new experiences and new frontiers. Many years ago, humans migrated out from the temperate plains of Africa to traverse unknown lands and embarking on such a conquest helped society evolve. But come 2018, much of the world is within plain sight – a quick search on Google Maps can enlighten anyone as to what the Pyramids of Giza or Mount Everest look like. However, many believe there are two frontiers yet to be properly explored and developed: the deep ocean and deep space. In part two, we talk to Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck about the future of the space industry.

Space oddities

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield - in New Zealand for IBM Think - chats with Idealog about what role small nations like New Zealand can play in space exploration and the space industry, how technology is changing space exploration, how private businesses are disrupting things, a technology that has really surprised him, and more.

Party like an alien

New Zealand's space industry is taking flight thanks to the strides made by Rocket Lab, and nothing is a more celebratory reflection of this than the Humanity Star/giant disco ball it has launched into space. To celebrate a New Zealand company starting an intergalactic party, the Idealog team has put their heads together and compiled a space disco playlist that will make even those in zero gravity want to try bop their heads.

Innovation Awards

Rocket Lab has successfully launched three satellites into orbit - a first for a New Zealand company. To celebrate the achievement, we're republishing this story about the company's 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards win that also featured in our Innovation Issue last year.

Wish we'd thought of that

New Zealand is known as a nation of innovation. Do you have something cool you've come up with that you think deserves to be recognised at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards? Then enter it in the Innovation in Design & Engineering category, sponsored by James & Wells.