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Catalyst Girls in Tech Conference 2018: Top five takeaways, speakers and more

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Catalyst Girls in Tech Conference 2018: Top five takeaways, speakers and more

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.

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.

Saying no to sin

Simplicity has announced its intention to remove fossil fuel extraction companies and other "sin stocks" - such as porn, alcohol, tobacco and weapons manufacturers - from its KiwiSaver schemes. CEO Sam Stubbs discusses why they've made such a decision - and what the implications could be.