The Social Innovation Opportunity is right now. And so is your chance to gain more awareness of social innovation and how it can be fostered locally to address the big issues our world is facing.


TGASW17 Concepts #TBT

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It’s been a year since eight awesome concepts were developed into enterprises at Tauranga Startup Weekend 2017. Let’s check them out! 

Connectivity, sharing and support are all that’s needed to make change happen. And Tauranga Startup Weekend is just perfect to accelerate this.

In the same amount of time, I started up a new business with a team of strangers… and more than 210,000 others have done the same all over the world.

How might we deliver more digital and entrepreneurial youth programmes, further and in more diverse places in our community?


Better Rules Hack

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Attending the Horizon State get-together (June 29th at TheBasement@Basestation) is a great launchpad for getting involved in an event where you can get hands-on and create digital technology to improve the democratic processes which affect you – as business owners and community leaders.

How can digital democracy can make dealing with government easier, quicker, more efficient? Learn how Horizon State is tackling a key roadblock – voting – and what that means for dealing with other decisions government makes on your behalf.

Digital technology is changing everything. We can keep pace and participate in its development or fall behind and let others design solutions we will then have to accept and live with. People in Tauranga have the talent and skills to be involved in designing the future, and can (when they are resourced) shape how it works. The Rates Rebate app is one example.

Do you have a head bursting with ideas and a phone full of new connections? Sounds like you’ve been to Techweek18 Tauranga.

We know, it’s a lot to absorb: 15 events across 5 days including a headline event at ASB Arena entitled 10 Billion Mouths.

Leading Change, an event held during Techweek Tauranga 2018, explored the opportunity to do good, sustainably, by adapting free enterprise to include an important innovation. Social enterprises innovate by using the basics of launching and running commercial enterprises while committing to achieving the ‘purpose’ of an organisation as an equal business priority to making a profit. They commit to trading in order to solve social challenges. Sustainability Options has been operating as a social enterprise in the Bay for four years. Given the rise of social enterprises, we thought you’d like to hear from one which has been working in this space for a while now. We asked Jo Wills to tell us about what they do and why...

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