What are we doing in the tech community in NZ wrt COVID-19 response? What is the implication on the industry? As a NZ based business in Aussie, what are you seeing, what is the projection for sales and revenue stream? Ideas to bring in revenue? What might happen?Read more
Ackama prides itself on its social values and many of our employees freely and regularly give their time and money to causes they feel strongly about and support outside of work. On Friday 21st February, we organised a group volunteer day, and...Read more
Why the proliferation, what if anything is new and what are the challenges that are emerging?
Being based in Wellington, I get exposed to lots of discussions on innovation policy - much of it...Read more
I am a graduate of a coding bootcamp, and throughout my career as a dev I have noticed some definite comp sci degree-sized gaps in my knowledge. Certain concepts and design patterns and data structures that didn’t get covered in the brief time I...Read more
In the last couple of days, there has been public argument on the Kāinga Ora project to put monitoring sensors in NZ state homes. Particular areas of concern being raised are about the nature of data being shared with government, issues of consent and vulnerability, and that this is individual level collection. By individual, I mean that it’s deep enough information to establish not just when people are home but also information on their behaviours. Additionally people might not be given easy access to their own data without making a direct privacy request.Read more
New Zealand just had another round of local elections with turnouts so low that it makes the link between elections and the democratic mandate of those elected tenuous at best. Predictably this has led to another round of looking at online voting...Read more
A few weeks ago I was approached with the opportunity to attend CoLiberate’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. Since getting into tech in 2015, I have noticed that mental health seems to be a pretty open and common topic in the...Read more
Vanuatu is a very different experience from Solomon Islands as it is much more...Read more
Following on from my previous post about the Pacific Mission I thought I’d share some of the highlights and learnings from my time in the Solomon Islands. I've also written up a post about my time in Vanuatu.
Solomon Islands are a bit behind on...Read more
The week before last I was part of the New Zealand mission to Melanesia visiting Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Both countries are major targets of the New Zealand Aid Programme, with New Zealand involvement and support in areas ranging from police...Read more