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Tech Futures Lab

Future of work

The gig economy is still an unknown concept to many New Zealand companies, and yet the number of people engaging in it continues to rise. Master's candidate at Tech Futures Lab and people and culture director at Simpson Grierson Paula Williams explores what the rise of flexibility in working and the gig economy means for businesses, and how they can be curious, make way for the skills and motivations of the gig worker and have a plan.

Most Innovative Companies

The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies is Tech Futures Lab. Late, great futurist Alvin Toffler called it some time ago: The pace at which technology evolves will one day make it very difficult for workers to stay skilled and relevant in the workplace. That day has surely arrived. Therefore, one can imagine that he would have approved of the Tech Futures Lab, Frances Valintine’s future-focused organisation that hosts training, business coaching and masterclasses, designed to help professionals and organisations to adapt, learn, lead and succeed in this fast-changing world.

Pack your bags

Tech Futures Lab has today launched Digital Suitcase, a global education platform to teach adults – like those whose careers are being disrupted by new technologies they can’t quite wrap their heads around – all about this new tech in a fun, lighthearted way. We talk with Tech Future Lab and the Mind Lab’s Frances Valintine about what inspired her to launch the programme and who it’s intended for.

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James Brown is the general manager for Fintech NZ, a member driven association with the aim of connecting, promoting and advancing the fintech ecosystem in New Zealand. FinTech in New Zealand is growing at 48 percent compared to the global average of 31 percent, which is now our third largest contributor towards GDP. Here's what keeps him up at night.

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Robyn Kamira is the founder and principal of Paua Interface, a technology consulting company, as well as the founder and CEO of Incredible Skies, a drone company, and a board member on the Institute of IT Professionals. She's also a musician that performs Maori music fused with world music, with various instruments occupying the space next to her laptop. Here's what keeps her up at night.

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Justin Flitter is the Founder of NewZealand.AI, Tech.Kiwi, AI-DAY and host of The AI Show monthly events showcasing the practical business applications of AI and Emerging Technology. Here's what keeps him up at night.

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Dr. Elinor Swery gets excited about using technology to make the world a better place. With a background in Mechanical Engineering, she now works at Soul Machines as a solutions architect, working with international companies to deliver Artificial Humans and humanise the way in which we interact with technology. She has worked in various industries, from utilities and automotive to banking and telecommunication all the while focusing on improving process and user experiences through the enablement and adoption of AI technologies. Here's what keeps her up at night.