Government innovation at scale

Enabling government innovation at scale will require much better engagement and collaboration between government agencies with the private and community sectors. Key points: Government will need to be good at being a keystone member of a community it doesn’t control The magic happens when people do new, unexpected things built on government services Great communication…

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A new approach to government procurement

Government procurement for innovative solutions sucks. Here’s one way to fix it. I was privileged to participate in the Startup Nations Summit Policy Hack earlier this year in Tallinn, Estonia. This one day policy hackathon brought together representatives from all over the world, working on different problems. On the day before the Policy Hack, the…

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The Public Policy Lean Canvas

I’ve been invited to participate in the Startup Nations Summit in Tallinn, Estonia this coming November, representing New Zealand. The central event at this year’s summit will be a Policy Hack, in which delegates from all over the world will get together to collaboratively nut out government policies relating to startups. If you’ve ever spoken…

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Publons angel exit

Publons, a company that came out of Wellington’s Lightning Lab accelerator in 2013, and of which I was the first investor and (until 31 May) Chairman of the Board, has been acquired by Clarivate Analytics. Publons provides a platform that gives academics credit for the peer review work they do, and whose mission is to…

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Legal Māori Resource Hub

One of my “day jobs” is providing lexicographical software development for a number of dictionaries around the place.  One project using my Freelex software that’s recently been launched is the Legal Māori Resource Hub, by Māmari Stephens at the Victoria University Law department. Māmari recently gave a talk about the lexicon, corpus, and resource hub…

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What makes a good startup?

After my stint on Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning with Kim Hill this morning, I was asked to provide a list of the attributes of what I consider to be a good startup. You can listen to or download the audio: Here’s my shopping list of criteria for good startups: 1.  Market a)   Global b)…

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Digital Literacy at NetHui

InternetNZ held NetHui this year, a multistakeholder conference in which we tried to take the Internet out of the server room and to the nation.  After all, just about everybody is a stakeholder in the Internet, and there are big opportunities to be uncovered in getting together to discuss how the Internet is governed and…

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The Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language

The Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) went live today at http://nzsl.vuw.ac.nz/ This online dictionary is the culmination of over twenty years of work, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been involved since the beginning. The dictionary is an extensive resource for people who use or want to learn NZSL. Videos accompany…

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InternetNZ Council Candidacy

Last year, I was elected to the InternetNZ Council for a one-year term, as the result of the early resignation of Chris Streatfield. After one amazing but short year in office, I’m pleased to offer my services again as a councillor. In the last year I have Made significant contributions to the development of the…

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