The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

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 of your road trip, in terms of the tech communities you met?
All of the tech communities had their differences, their quirks and they all were passionate about the city or area they were based within.

BUT, there was no community more passionate about learning about the coming age of tech and it's benefits to their community than that we met at the Silicon Mahia event (convened by the Poutama Trust).

They brought together attributes of all of the places we visited - local people along to learn, involved kids, how they are solving the here and now using tech, national institutions looking to collaborate with start-ups, success stories, presentations that challenged the status quo AND each and everyone had their brains stretched with the what's rapidly approaching - it was the archetypal TechWeek event covering a bit of everything.

And they have an actual, real-to-goodness space rocket launch pad just up the road - OMG!

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2) After doing the trip, what are your impressions of NZ's tech scene (or the North Island part of it at least)?
I finished the road-trip with one word in my mind, "bubbles".

Everyone seemed to be living in their own bubble, doing amazing stuff but not connected to those doing similar or could assist. Of course that is the point of TechWeek and I am excited about how the bubbles can be popped over the years - with all the enthusiasm generated during one week let's hope it's not "start again" in 2018.

I would also say that many are living in a "start-up bubble" thinking that mere iteration is (prepare for THAT word), disruptive. No more was this highlighted by the difference in the "food tech" presentation given by Dr Rosie Bosworth at Silicon Mahia and the opening talk of "on-farm innovation" at Farming2020.  Rosie explained how farms are going to be gone in 2 years time with the global availability of lab grown meat and at Farming2020 we heard how nothing major is going to happen for the next 5 years - someone is living in a bubble.

As Raj and I drove around the North Island we saw a LOT of cows and, after Monday, kept asking ourselves, "What's going to be there in a few years time when we don't farm cows anymore?", do you have any ideas because it can't all be golf courses!

I will be expanding and sharing my thinking over the coming week, expect more :)

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