New Kids On The Block!

We’ve been lucky enough to have a great crop of new residents join the Dojo massive over the summer break, both in Auckland and Wellington. Dig in and learn a bit about the faces that we see every day, and the amazing things that they do! Enjoy.

AKL BizDojo: Kate Highet

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We’re delighted to have Katie Highet residing with us at BizDojo Auckland (and even more delighted that the printer finally started working for her!). Katie works in the intersections of global development and technology. She’s currently the Pacific Manager at the GSMA mWomen program, which is a public‐private partnership between the worldwide mobile industry and the international development community, aiming to increase women’s access to and use of mobile phones and life-enhancing mobile services in developing markets. Pretty awesome. She also has a penchant for cheese (“the smelly ones”) and is making a cheese-based visit to southern Italy this year.

WLG BizDojo: Matt Hall

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Welcome to Matt Hall of MedRecruit, who’s been adding that much needed sense of humor to our daily quizzes and social gatherings down here in Wellington! He’s a recruiter for overseas doctors who have expressed an interest in jumping ship and coming down to Australia or New Zealand to begin a new career, and has a had a multitude of other varied jobs, so he’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. He’s really into music, going to gigs, and kicking it at home with a beer. We love him because he’s hilarious, and not afraid to make the occasional non-P.C. joke. 

AKL BizDojo: Erick Engstrom

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Devaldi founder and long-time occasional Dojo Auckland resident Erik Engstrom has recently come into our lives in a more permanent manner and we’re pretty stoked to have him in the house. Four years ago (can you even remember what life was like pre-iPad?), Erik started developing FlexPaper, an open sourced web based document viewer while he was working for a hedge fund. What started as a way to allow PDFs to be viewed in web browsers has morphed into a full service publishing product, and has allowed him to leave his suit behind and devote himself full-time to FlexPaper.

AKL Dojo: Tim Farland
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Over the last 7 years, Tim Farland has been bouncing around the globe, working as a Developer and Product Manager for startups in London, Berlin, Vienna, and Prague. Recently, he returned home to Aotearoa and was working remotely for a San Francisco-based startup (of course) until deciding to take the plunge into developing his own products / living off his savings. Said projects include a financial news site (by himself) and on a machinery parts import/export business (with a co-founder). He’s not too busy to chat about additional ideas and projects though…

Tim also hosts a weekly radio show on 95bFM (Mondays 11pm-1am, check it out here) and has released an EP in Germany with an LP to follow this year. FUN!

WLG/AKL: One Percent Collective Interviews Joe Michael

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And finally, a double-whammy with Pat Shepherd from One Percent Collective (WLG Dojo) interviewing Joseph Michael from the AKL Dojo! This is exactly the kind of thing we love, folks from different places reaching each other through the BizDojo network. You can check out this interview about generosity after the jump…

BizDojo Plans To Help Accelerate Cool Kiwi Products
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The Product Accelerator will be a lot like the very successful Lightning Lab digital accelerator programme that launched in Wellington just last year, and is now going into its second round. In fact, LL are good mates and we’ll be collaborating wherever the opportunity arises.

We’ll invite teams and individuals with clever ideas for connected gadgets to pitch, Dragons Den style. Successful teams will get a wedge of cash to get them going, and 30 weeks in a great environment all set up for product development, including rapid prototyping machines. They’ll get great mentorship and input from a bunch of really clever product engineers and industrial designer types, from the BizDojo and even an international guest or two.
At the end, teams will pitch their products to a big audience of potential investors from across NZ… and hopefully even a few from abroad. If they fly, well who knows, they could end up like Nest… who Google just snapped up for a cool $3.2 billion in cash. Now that would be a good outcome for NZ, Inc… and the clever inventors!
Digital Workhub Project Report Launch

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BizDojo partners Jonah Merchant and Nick Shewring spoke earlier this month in Brisbane at the launch of the report ‘Digital Work Hubs: An Activation Framework for South-East Queensland’.

About 100 people representing the public and private sector, investors, operators and general community attended the launch event, which was the culmination of an extensive research project by Regional Development Australia (RDA) agencies covering the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan/Redland, Brisbane and Gold Coast areas. The Digital Workhub Project (DWHP) research examined in depth the opportunities and challenges for establishing a network of digital work hubs across the South East Queensland study area.

Jonah and Nick discussed the BizDojo learnings from establishing and operating a network of coworking spaces in the New Zealand environment, and the opportunities these learnings identified in the Queensland context.

A key focus in Queensland has been around the lengthy commutes facing many of the 200,000 workers in the regions who travel to Brisbane each day. In some cases, these commutes are as much as two hours each way, ranking South East Queensland as one of the worst globally in this regard.

Leveraging the ability of digital work hubs to support teleworking, so that staff can work remotely in a ‘third space’ environment separate from the office or home is a strategic goal for Queensland with associated benefits identified in terms of individual wellbeing and productivity, and regionally with infrastructure savings and regional economic growth. The value add of these benefits to the region are significant, with the DWHP research identifying that an 8-hub model in a region could generate over AU$150mill value annually in productivity gains, reduced infrastructure costs, and other indirect value adds.

The DWHP has been a fantastic initiative, bringing substantial rigor and analysis to assessing the economic benefits of coworking and similar shared workspace environments, and the BizDojo team has been excited to be able to contribute to this growing body of knowledge endorsing the concept.

The full report is available online and is well worth a read, with plenty of insights equally applicable in both the New Zealand and Australia contexts. Check out also the full press release on the launch event here.

3D Virtual Tabletop KickStarter gets 1100% Funding!

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That’s not a typo. 3D Virtual Tabletop, the immersive new system for tabletop gaming across mobile devices, has garnered an incredible $56,000 for their project. That’s $51,000 dollars over their goal of $5,000, putting them at 1100% over goal! If you take a look at their Kickstarter page, you can see how many stretch goals and amazing new features they smashed through on their way to the top. A product that started out as a modest proposition now has the potential to reach many more people on more platforms (Windows/Mac desktop, & Windows Phone have been added), with a fuller feature base and great customisation options. Amazing, right?

We caught up with Brendon Duncan, the creator of 3DVT, to talk about his experience using Kickstarter as a New Zealander, and also how the Dojo helps Kiwis get ahead when using Kickstarter to fund their projects.

+What did you learn from the process, and what kind of advice can you offer other New Zealanders hoping to use Kickstarter?

I’ve got lots of advice, I’ll break it down into high-level strategies and low-level tactical details, and give you the top 3 of each.

High-Level Strategy

As with many things in life, the key component of your success is preparation.

  1. Have your marketing campaign tried, tested and refined before beginning your Kickstarter.  The analytics provided by Kickstarter, while reputedly better than Indiegogo, are rudimentary at best and make it difficult, if not impossible to evaluate your marketing efforts.  It’s much easier to do this on your own website, even if it is just a landing page with a signup form.
  2.  Leave some fat for partners in your Kickstarter margins.  If you truly have something outstanding you will get approached by people wanting to collaborate, and some of these will be high quality offers that are worth incorporating into your project.
  3. Do everything you can to build up the number of backers during the beginning of the campaign, projects with many backers have their own momentum.  If you’ve got any paid marketing or articles lined up, do more of it in the early stages.

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Low-Level Tactics

  1. To build up momentum, post an update for your project every 2 days so that your supporters have a reason to tell others about you.  Each time you post an update, also mention it everywhere else around the internet where your target audience will see it.  Ideally before you start you should have a plan of updates that you can post for the first ⅓ - ½ of the project.  You can use stretch goal announcements as part of this.
  2. Start your project early in the week and early in the morning.  The first few hours and first few days are crucial, so put yourself in the best possible position.  If your project doesn’t have a lot of momentum, you’ll have reduced activity in the weekends so stay away from those for both the beginning and the end.  Also start and end your project at the time of day where your audience is online, which is probably somewhere around 6am-9am in New Zealand.
  3. Backer engagement is very important as they will become a very important source of more backers.  If your funding target and team are large enough, keep an eye on your Kickstarter 24 hours a day to promptly answer questions and address concerns, not just on the on the Kickstarter site, but also on the various forums and communities where people will be discussing your project.  Initially, this may seem like a waste of time as you will certainly get extended dead periods, but a good indication that you have momentum is when you have activity at all times of the day and night.

+How did the BizDojo help with getting your project off the ground?

The Dojo helped in 2 main ways:

  1. Reviewed and improved the copy on the project page.  Phil made the benefits of the product much more obvious which I’m sure helped encourage people to pledge.
  2. Advised me to run the project longer than the Kickstarter recommended time of 30 days.  Initially I was skeptical because all the advice I have seen has recommended 30 days, but I changed it to 45 and I’m so glad I did.  The biggest problem is not persuading people to pledge, it’s getting people to know that your project exists in the first place and having it around for longer greatly helps this.  Even with the project going for 45 says I still had people contacting me in the days after it finished because they had missed it but still wanted to pledge.

+What’s next for your project and how do you plan to roll it out? You’ve got so many new features to add.

I will be staging out the release of the initial Kickstarter version of 3D Virtual Tabletop over the next 3 months, which will contain the features included in the original Kickstarter funding target.  Updates will be released after that as each stretch goal is implemented, with backers that pledged for immediate and early access getting to experience them first.  I have a lot of work to do but the massive support of backers on Kickstarter lets me know that it’s worthwhile.

 If you haden’t already heard, The Biz Dojo’s Kickstarter intiative partners with MEA to provide results to small and large Kickstarter projects. We’ve got a great track record of success, and are available to help on variety of levels, check out the site for more details!

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Farewell to Big Ears

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After more than two years with the Biz Dojo, we are sad (and proud) to say that BigEars is leaving the nest to move to their own office in downtown Wellington! It’s been an amazing experience watching them grow into an inspiring international business, and they’ve been doing it with style, evidenced by their recent success at the Wellington Gold Awards. Kath and Pepper have enjoyed Wellington’s daily quiz time with the enthusiastic (and trivia-savvy) BigEars team members, and they will be missed!

Stu, the systems admin and configuer said, that while moving to a new office will be a great experience, “The Dojo is special, because the people who work here are from all different fields and walks of life. There’s no hierarchy in a coworking space, so everyone is on the same level, and it’s fun! I’ll miss that.”

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While it is a bit sad to watch them go, it’s also a reminder that this is what the Dojo is about. We’re a home for innovation, and when the Dojo’s finest innovators reach a certain level, it’s only natural that they move into the world to carve out their own space. We’re amazed at the strides they’ve made in the time we’ve known them, and we’re excited to see what lies in store for them in their future! Thanks so much for a wonderful few years, BigEars, we look forward to seeing you around Wellington!

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Nick and Jonah’s Visit to Brisbane Digital Work Hub

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If you know Nick and Jonah, you know they’re busy guys. With the Better Work Tour, a bevy of Dojo-related events, and the Auckland Airport collaboration, it’s amazing that the two of them managed to find time to scoot over to Brisbane and participate in the Digital Work Hub project forum. Yet there they were, spreading the good word about collaborative workspaces to yet another eager audience of great thinkers and innovators.

The Digital Work Hubs are a new experimental space-concept being created as a model for use across South East Queensland, to provide dispersed (but inter-connected) “hubs” for collaborative work, and shared workspaces. Commute times, uninspiring workspaces, and lack of access to community events and networks all add up to an less efficient and less inspired workforce, and the officials in Queensland are exploring better ways to enhance people’s work, and in doing so, boost the economy and drive innovation. Currently, they are in the stage of exploring the supply and demand of the region, and pulling in great folks to provide input on how to make the system run smoothly, with a strong culture of community, collaboration, and new thought. 

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As thought leaders in the co-working community, the BizDojo brought a toolkit of tactical plans and real-world advice to help make the case for more access to coworking in all areas of South East Queensland. As Jonah said in reference to the Dojo’s residents, “By coming together, they are able to take on much larger projects and benefit from the ability to use great facilities and bounce ideas off each other. We’ve seen projects where people in our Auckland based office are collaborating online with people in our Wellington office to turn out some really great stuff.

“Knowing how well this concept has worked in New Zealand, we’re looking forward now to seeing this progressive thinking from South East Queensland moving into full implementation and activation, to really start harnessing the evolving trends in work practices around co-working and smart work centres, in order to drive support and growth for local businesses in the SEQ regions.”

Keep tabs on the project over at the Digital Work Hub project’s site.

Meet Our New Intern: Justina Choi!

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The BizDojo’s happy to welcome our latest intern aboard, the lovely Justina Choi! Justina is a third year student at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts studying computer science, and she’s come on board to help us out with day-to-day operations at the Auckland Dojo, as well as potentially developing a project proposal on the Collaborators side of our business utilising her computer science expertise!

She describes herself as being “a bit of a perfectionist”, and enjoys having things organised, planned, and scheduled. Sounds like a great person to have around! When we asked her what she was keen to learn about, she said, “I’m most interested in learning how technology is being used today in businesses and how it can be further utilised to increase efficiency. I don’t think we use technology to its entire potential and society has a lot of catching up to do.”

Justina’s currently a student in Boston, but she’s moved around a lot, and doesn’t have a hometown. She enjoys reading, surfing, snowboarding, and playing the ukelele! 

When it comes to working with the Dojo, she’s excited to meet our residents and find out what they do. “I think its really interesting to see how all these people working on different projects share the same space and its a great community environment for me to learn first-hand about small businesses, especially the computer/technology related ones,” she says.

TEDxAuckland 2013 - Creativity Is Disobedient Thought

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED (standing for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) has grown to become one of the world’s foremost events, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18mins or less. On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos, and have been watched by millions.

The TEDx initiative has been built off the success of the parent TED conference, and grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held to date, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

As long time fans of both TED and TEDx, we were excited to come onboard formally this year as an event partner for TEDxAuckland, and after last year’s hugely successful event, we were pumped to see what the TEDx Auckland team could come up with this year.

And it’s fair to say they didn’t disappoint.

With a massive turnout of well over 2000 people last Saturday at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, TEDxAuckland has vaulted to the forefront of global TEDx events with an attendance rivaling previous record holder TEDxSydney.

Both our team and our residents were involved at all levels, from Auckland resident Joseph Michael speaking about his Dark Cloud: White Light 3D time-lapse project, through to a number of our other residents working with the #ScribbleAKL team on the stage design, and our Co.Space team delivering all the print collateral for the event from our in-house print shop.

Standouts for us from a top notch list of speakers were:

- Live More Awesome's Jimi Hunt, with his colourful take on living life to the full, and doing things that are adventurous - “Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like hell.”

- Wiki New Zealand's Lillian Grace, who made a great case for enabling all of New Zealand to have broad access to data to support better decision making.

- Poet Grace Taylor, and her Poetry Slam crew delivered some of the most powerful emotional moments of the day, and we can see why she’s just been selected as a 2013 Venture programme recipient by Auckland Dojo residents, the Arts Regional Trust.

- Our own Joseph Michael - his stunning imagery made him a crowd favourite, need we say more!!

- Double Oscar winner and director of the Auckland based Laboratory for Animate Technologies Mark Sagar blew us away with his ground breaking work on autonomous animation and his Baby X artificial intelligence project.

- AUT design professor Welby Ings, who surprised and delighted with his views on creativity - “Creativity is disobedient thought” and “You’re never going to make a choir if you all sing from the same song sheet.”

- New York based Brian Sweeney of PR agency SweeneyVesty won us all over with his work creating NZEdge.com which aims to reposition how New Zealand presents itself to the world regarding innovation and creativity. His theory of Punctuated Equilibrium as a driver of evolutionary (or revolutionary) change from the edge is a very powerful metaphor, and absolutely resonated with us and our own views on innovation.

All in all, this is an event that has rapidly become a must-see on the Auckland calendar. If you missed out this year, look for videos of all the talks to be up on the official TEDx YouTube channel in the coming month.

Roll on 2014!

Photo credit: Co.Space resident and photographer Paul Petch. Check out more of his great images from the day over on his blog.

BMD Joins Us, and Brings Along His Mad Skills

If you’re an Auckland dweller, you may not be aware that Wellington’s most prolific street artist is undeniably the mastermind of BMD. If you’ve been to Wellington’s CBD, you’ve almost definitely seen his quirky animal dissections and twisted creatures unfurling across walls, shop shutters, and even entire buildings. His art appears in suburbs, downtown, and beyond, since he’s made his way to Auckland, New Plymouth, and beyond.

BMD’s not just an artist, he’s also a talented designer with an entrepreneurial eye. He’s also a Dojo Wellington resident. Recently, he’s added an amazing mural to our interior. Scope the rad lady above!

We caught up with him for an interview, to see what sort of new things he’s exploring:

+What have you been up to lately? 

I’ve been climbing up all over the place painting the town red. Well most colours really. BMD has just completed a few collaborative projects working with a choreographer at the Museum Art Hotel, and another with Orchestra Wellington. They even had a 6-piece brass band playing while we painted; mum was proud. We’ve also helped create an online magazine app with the villainous Young Gifted and Broke collective, which just went live last week. So we’ve been working hard and running up and down the country trying to make things work – no one wants to be Old Gifted and Broke.

+What is Gangs, and what other ventures have you got your hands into?

Everyone is in some kind of gang. The brand Gangs just pools people together through a small line of gang attire. Like-minded, thrill seeking individuals join a gang by buying an item. They then proudly portray their membership through wearing the clothing - like a gang patch – and become gangsters. We’re all about positive communities, so no gang symbols on your desk please.

 I’m also ½ of a New Zealand gentleman’s leather goods brand called Elver. An elver is an adolescent eel and we celebrate their remarkable life cycle through our hardwearing leather greats. We create well-designed, simple to use and functional backpacks and footwear aimed to help emerging entrepreneur’s and creatives on their remarkable journeys through life.

 +Where’s your art at in your head right now? Any particular images/influences you’ve become interested in lately?

We’re working towards a kama sutra book, so our direction has changed dramatically in the last few months. I spent a month in India doing some research and travelling around gathering inspiration for this project. This has led me to be driven by human forms and intermit relationships. I’ve been enormously influenced by my ex-girlfriend; art imitates life or something right? Ironically, she left me for this new art direction, but credit where it’s due.

+How’s using the Dojo going for you? What are some of the benefits?

I love it here. Everyone seems to work remarkably hard and I find it a motivating experience every time I come in. It’s a healthy and stimulating place to come and create in. I just wish I was better at the quizzes so I don’t seem like such a public school kid. 

+Anything exciting coming up in the near future that we should be aware of?

I’m releasing the new line of Gangs Friday 16th at Good As Gold (Wellington) with a launch party. Come get a tattoo and join a gang. Also, the BMD kama sutra book is also taking shape so keep an eye out for those developments, you might just learn some new manoeuvres.

Christchurch Innovation Precinct Master Planning

Christchurch has spent the last year moving steadily into full rebuild mode. As part of this, the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has created a business case for a new Innovation Precinct.

BizDojo has been part of the team developing the Master Planning strategy for the precinct, led by our good friends at Architectus. We’ve been supplying expert advice on “building innovation environments”… what it takes to create, connect, and sustain places that generate original business concepts and fast-track growth.

This has been an exciting project, which has allowed us to share some of our unique IP about what makes collaborative environments tick. We’ve supplied thinking on the types of organisations the precinct needs, how it should be set up, and what types of facilities will help deliver results.

The final report has just gone to MBIE, and we’re excited to see what happens from here.

This work connects strongly with our innovation environment work for other cities and regions, including Auckland and Queensland. It also ties in with our own plans to open a BizDojo in Christchurch. We’re planning to be part of the Chch Precinct when it opens… and possibly much sooner.

We’ll keep you posted as our plans take shape!

Co.Space Collaboration: Based on a true story

Well, it isn’t really based on a true story – because it actually happened! It is Co.Space collaboration at its finest and it all started with a dude called Oscar, his company Industrial Oscar, and his work with The Pratley Co.

Oscar’s latest project is The Pratley Co.’s  ’True-View’ product, which was inspired by everything old and cool, as well as essentially celebrating the ‘view-master’ - a product first released in the late-30s. And while he can’t go into too much technical detail at the moment, Oscar can explain the basic idea of the concept.  

“You place your smartphone in the product and the attachment manipulates your camera lens to change everything to 3D.

“You can then use The Pratley Co. app to then take the media yourself while your phone is inside the product – we will be working on the full app development side of things when we get funded on Kickstarter.”

And while Oscar and The Pratley Co. are an undeniable awesome bunch of people, four other residents of Co.Space can say they have ‘touched a piece’ of the True-View ‘pie’.   

“Without Co.Space the development side of things would have gone a lot slower,” says Oscar.

“You basically just put your hand up and there is always someone there to help. If not, chances are that they know someone who knows someone. It’s has been a fantastic resource.”

First off the mark was Hanna Eastvold from VixenLab who helped to develop the engineering side of things to get the product sorted for manufacture. She and Oscar looked at aspects of the design that allowed him to balance user interface and aesthetics with cost impact and they also visited suppliers together to assess how suitable their manufacturing processes were going to be for a small-to-medium sized production run. 

Hanna works on generating physical design solutions to projects and has recently been working on an infant incubator, a small unmanned aerial vehicle, a cover for an HRV product and a few products that she can’t disclose. Ooo exciting!  After working in CoSpace for a year Hanna says that the BizDojo crew and community have acted as almost an extension of her business.  

“I’ve hired resources, established partnerships, hired interns, met suppliers and customers, conducted brainstorming sessions, workshops, design reviews, designed and built product, and much more.   It’s a versatile space filled with lovely, talented people.” 

Next up was Danny Dillen from Vivenda, who is a 3D printing specialist that sits right next door to Oscar at Co.Space. Once the lads realised they spoke the same language (English? No, industrial design!) they were away laughing with a working prototype in no time and at very little cost!  

“Oscar passed the model onto me for prototyping which meant cutting the model up into pieces best suited for print,” says Danny.  

“Since he was close by, we were able to discuss this in an ongoing manner which made the process a lot quicker and easier. It also meant we reduced print times and sped up the handing over of the finished prototype.”

On a daily basis Danny is normally doing one of two things. If he has a client or prospective client, he is working on their proposed ideas, seeing if he can further them or if they’re fully established, Danny will print a copy of the model sent through. Otherwise he is working on his own projects, whether artistically motivated or commercially - from custom jewellery/accessories, to point of purchase displays and most recently some prototyping for furniture.

After this was all well underway Nick Baillie, a designer for Threaded Magazine, happened to be chilling in Co.Space and thought Oscar’s project would be an awesome feature for the magazine (out now by the way). So Nick mentioned it to Kyra Clarke, Threaded’s Founder and Lead designer, and after learning more about Oscar’s product development, Kyra thought he would be a suitable fit for the magazine’s ‘pigeon-hole’ section. Nick says he learns new things everyday from the Co.Space residents and that it is a great community of people who are always happy to lend their advice.

And last but definitely not least, one of Co.Space’s newest residents Seun Shote from Seun Shote Photography got in on the collaboration action by taking some snaps of Oscar for the magazine feature.

Phew! That really is one epic tale.   

At this stage Oscar and his crew are gearing up for a product release to be launched on Kickstarter and they are super excited. Once funded, they aim to distribute the True-View and Pratley Co. app to suppliers internationally. Oscar’s says the product will be ready for release later this year and can’t wait to share it with the world - keep your eyes peeled for it on Kickstarter and pledge to give your media another dimension of awesomeness!

Wonderful water waiting to hear from you

Have you had a conversation with water lately? Well maybe you should! It is a pretty important part of our lives that we often take for granted. Did you know it makes up 98% of our bodies? And while we could live for up to eight weeks without food, we wouldn’t last a week without water! So do yourself a favour and reconnect with something that sustains your life (no, not coffee!!)

Caroline Robinson is a New Zealand artist who works closely with the land and communities to create land art and sculpture, to tell stories within urban developments. And when she was given the opportunity to be The Big Idea’s 2013 Digital Artist in Residence, Caroline decided to focus her project on water, going back to the source – hoki ki nga waiora- and started with a journey back to the waters of her birth.

“I felt an urgency to action a new way of being in a relationship with our world. So I decided to try something new, a deeper way of seeing, thinking and being with water.

Back to the source hoki ki nga waiora is about people, water and the bonds between us.”   

Caroline’s project is trans-media in focus. It aims to reach and inspire people around the world to have meaningful encounters with water and then join a worldwide conversation, as well as creating a response of their own to water. And for those keen to explore their own conversation with water, she has developed The Living Laboratory; which offers some suggestions for simple ‘experiments’ with water. Clayworker and waterman, Michael O’Donnell is one of the first people to share some of his many conversations with water.

And Caroline invites you to share your water stories

“They may be very ordinary stories. They be illuminating ‘ah-ha’ moments that were carried through water.

“You can tell of experiences that have changed your relationship with water, or transformed your way of seeing life inside your (water) body, or on our (water) planet. Use text, photographs, artworks, video and/or sound.”

Please help spread the word and invite people to get engaged.

You and your networks can join the conversation through the back to the source section on The Big Idea or facebook or twitter [#backtothesource].

Photo credits: Kahikateas sundaise | Title: Caroline Robinson - Preparing for the opening ceremony performance with Michael O’Donnell, Sundaise Festival, Waihi 2013 Photo: Alastair Sorley

Mihi welcome | Title: Colour Wheel, Original Artwork by Caroline Robinson

Stories | Title: My Mother’s Hands, Photo: Caroline Robinson

The Big Idea Digital Residency is a key part of The Big Idea’s strategy to support innovation in practice through the creation of new art works that encourage creative collaboration between the artist in residence and communities - all delivered through digital platforms.

Check out this Unlimited video interview with Co.Space resident Danny Dillen from Vivenda. It includes a background to what his business does and his thoughts on the growth of 3D printing.  

Back to School

One of our partners, MEA Mobile, runs App School as a joint venture with Prima Learning and they are behind some awesome things happening in the world of app development.

And this just out - we are excited to see some innovation collaboration happening between Xero and App School. They aim to address a need in the market for more mobile app developers by offering a School of Mobile programme!  

For more information click here