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From Rotorua to Rapa Nui: New Zealand company Code Avengers goes global as EdTech market booms

Making waves

From Rotorua to Rapa Nui: New Zealand company Code Avengers goes global as EdTech market booms

Leading a coding workshop for underprivileged students on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in September. Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year runner-up at the 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Awards. More than two million users in more than 15,000 schools and universities in 14 different countries. An EdTech market that attracted more than US$89.15 billion from investors last year. It’s safe to say Aotearoa’s Code Avengers is well-placed to make waves overseas – and, more importantly, empower others to make waves.

25 Things

Claudia Batten, tech entrepreneur, startup mentor, digital advisor and New Zealand booster knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. 

Idealog + Method

Flashback to 2003 and it was a very different world. Some homes were still on dial-up internet, a lot of webpages were ugly and Nokia brick phones were the latest and greatest tech accessory. But 2003 was also the year digital-led creative agency Method opened its doors, paving the way for a new kind of digital storytelling in New Zealand. Co-founder and managing director Sam Ramlu reflects on how technology has transformed over the past 15 years in business, while Method’s goal remains the same: to deliver immersive and seamless experiences for the user.

Open minds

The tech industry (like most industries) is not very good at making predictions and also not good at looking backwards after the fact to see what it got right and what it didn’t. This, of course, creates a terribly inaccurate feedback loop. So to limit inaccuracy Simon Bird says those who have the right combination of open-mindedness and knowledge allows them to be better at putting new technology into context than tech companies whose experts typically place too much importance on their own area of specialty. 

Opinion

Some say the circular economy can reshape our world. The idea is to maximise the lifecycles of all the materials we use, optimise their use and reuse them continuously. No more waste. This would replace our dominant ‘take-make-waste’ linear model with a circular one. The Chinese have gone a bundle on it in their five-year plans. The Europeans are massively keen. But has it hit our high street? Andy Kenworthy, communications and campaigns at the Sustainable Business Network, gives a rundown of emerging initiatives.