Category Archives: technology

Open Source at work, Open Society working in Taiwan


There was striking evidence that Open Source can lead to Open Society at the first day of OS//OS at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on Monday August 22. One of the keynote speakers, Audrey Tang from Taiwan, outlined how a quiet (and … Continue reading

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Is it really possible to cross-credit open source to open society?


Every party needs a grumpy uncle…so let me be that curmudgeonly guy for the upcoming Open Source//Open Society conference. (Early spoiler alert – I’m going to some of OS//OS. There’s too many thought provoking speakers, too much opportunity to touch … Continue reading

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‘We don’t have enough developers’ – a homebaked remedy


There’s more than one way to bake the cake of “we don’t have enough developers”. Universities produce some, polytechs some others. Many are self-taught. Enspiral in Wellington through its Dev Academy has a fulltime nine week course that turns non-coders … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things (IoT): A slow burn until it can communicate with everything else


Occasionally, you come across a piece of thinking that makes you go, ‘oh, right, that’s a very interesting point’. So it is with a recent article by Toby Ruckert, CEO and Founder of Unified Inbox, a platform to bring and … Continue reading

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“If you don’t love your idea, don’t do it”


If you don’t love your idea, don’t do it. As well as this point, Nick Gerritsen, speaking at Supercharge, a recent startup event that attracted 150+ in Wellington, said that it is possible to smash it big from Aotearoa. Not that … Continue reading

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Hats off to the ‘inventor’ of the combined IT, hi-tech and biotech sectors


Finance Minister Bill English, speaking at the Wellington launch of the 11th TIN100 report, gave Greg Shanahan and his team what amounts to a pretty nice endorsement. “You effectively invented this sector,” English said at the Thursday 29 October gathering … Continue reading

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Right…a way to crunch a business model from good research ideas


Here’s an interesting innovation move, one to be applauded. It’s Startup Weekend Science and Research, in Wellington at Creative HQ from Friday July 3 to Sunday 5. Interesting because its the first time a non-digital (as such) Startup Weekend event’s been … Continue reading

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At last…an innovation accelerator aimed at physical products


Right, something you can get your teeth into…literally – Lightning Lab Manufacturing. So, instead of a 12 week accelerator to figure out how to take a digital idea out to the world, the same sort of programme but aimed at … Continue reading

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A picture’s worth a thousand words…or not in our case


I’m a sucker for a good diagram – a picture’s worth a thousand words and all that jazz. So I thought I’d see what, if anything, came up in a search about New Zealand’s science and innovation system; diagram-wise. The … Continue reading

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Bringing Biggs to the party an inspired move


The appointment of Peter Biggs as inaugural chairman of the new Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, is an inspired bargain. I briefly dealt with ‘Biggsy’ as he is commonly known, in a former life. My observation is that he’s great … Continue reading

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