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Join Us Live On #twnz18 Techweek TV

Over on our podcast, Access Granted NZ, we are joining up with the fine folks at Techweek and streaming live on Facebook at all the headline events around the country. We’ll be live between...

What Is A "Hackathon"?

It’s a great question, especially when the word itself starts off with those first 4 letters, “hack” - ALERT ALERT!I have privileged to host a large number of hackathons in my time, with many...

Not A Drop To Drink

The environment and human development seem to be increasingly at odds. Having recently moved to a drought prone province, the state of the local rivers and reservoirs is never far from our...

Farvel 2017!

I was at a community event recently chatting to a friend and he commented, “you’ve had quite a busy year”. He was not wrong. But it was the first time it really struck me. Here’s a short...

Have A Rest, Turn Off Your Mobile Phone Syncing

ping, PING, flash, Notification, Icon, Bubble, PING ... who needs it during the holidays when we’re away from the hustle and bustle of work life.So turn it all off!AndroidOpen your device‚Äôs...

"Social Media" - Why Have That Phrase?

So, we all know what “social media” is eh - you know, when you see headlines such as, “Putting social media training on your Christmas list”, “Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping...

Innovation Ecosystem Worries Unfounded

It was very disappointing to read Mike O’Donnell’s recent comments about the supposedly tragic state of New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem. Now whilst I respect what those guys have built, it...

Fronde’s Friday 5’s: Here’s A Weird One For You

Back in the day I worked at Fronde and I was also a very early user of Google Calendar which I found a lot easier to get access outside of the corporate network (these were days, hopefully, in...

Me Too

It’s no use being called brave, as I was recently, unless I do things that make my breathing shallow, my chest tight and my heart race a little.As many of you will have seen on Facebook, and on...

How Many Items On Your Desk Are "NZ Made"?

Back in 2013 this question was posed on Twitter by @BR3NDA
@MiramarMike @gnat would be interesting to see some stats. I look around myself right now and see very few NZ made. What’s on your...

Innovators Online Again

It seems like half a lifetime ago that myself and Annick Janson established New Zealand’s first online community for innovators and entrepreneurs (ION). It was a clunky PHP forum site that we...

#WellyTech 2017 Get Together - A Connection Starter

On the back of the highly successful NZ Rise TechWeek “Who Is IT Wellington” event, some internal discussion at NZ Rise and an ever increasing desire to bring together as many of the #WellyTech...

3 Steps To Connecting With Me On LinkedIn

I love that you want to “Connect with me on LinkedIn” but there needs to be a bit more for me to accept.1) Tell me whySimply asking to connect ain’t enough - let me know why, is it for a...

Accelerators In Government, What Do I Think Of Them?

I have been involved, in one way or another, with a number of “accelerators” both inside and outside of government. Most notably I was part of the inaugural contingent to the R9 Accelerator...

TechWeek 2017 - Two Initial Thoughts

I was asked two questions about the Access Granted road-trip we did for TechWeek 2017 - here’s my responses (let me know if you spot them in the wild as well 1) What was one of the highlights...

March For Science Matters

Last weekend’s March For Science may have been largely symbolic, but it was important. When a government appoints a rabid climate change denier to perform a hatchet job on its own environmental...

Big Ideas Poor Execution

In early 2014 the Wellington City Council announced a series of “big ideas” to boost economic growth in the city. Predictably, in the two years since, there has been little progress. For...

Why Am I Running "It’s Not About You"?

It’s part of Hack Miramar to be open source, transparent and inclusive - that comes from who it is and the people that make up the community*. To that end I have always thought that we should...

Parochialism Will Ultimately Fail So Think Globally

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull’s recent flying visit to New Zealand, to meet our new PM Bill English, was a considerably more civil affair than Turnbull’s reportedly heated conversation...

Tech, People, Suicide, Support, Self-care and More

With Julian Carver’s suicide after years of battling depression and alcoholism there has been much talk amongst many of us that suffer from “lack dog” about what can be done. In many...

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