Food and tech

Why, so long after the Jetsons, are we not yet taking our food in convenient tablet form? For that matter, why do I even have to shop for groceries at all – surely the supermarkets know my habits? Or does this focus on efficiency miss most of the point of food anyway? Where are the opportunities in food technology?

This is the forty-third Moxie Session, held Monday July 4 in Auckland.


Amanda Judd


Healthy, locally-sourced, high-tech delivery

James Walker


Still lots of bricks and mortar

Bri Janse van Rensburg

@sipremefood  LinkedIn

An alternative to eating

Peer to peer economy

Evidence from the United States is that participation in the “peer to peer” economy is small but growing quickly: around one per cent of the US population in October 2015 earned some income from platforms like Uber or AirBnB; just over four per cent had ever earned income from these services. Compare the seventeen per cent of the New Zealand population who visited Trademe each day in April 2016. How big could this peer to peer thing get? Can it do things that have previously been the work only of government agencies or large corporates? Is there anything in this that is unique for New Zealand?

This is the forty-second Moxie Session, held Wednesday 8 June 2016 in Auckland.

Older people and the Internet

We talk a lot about young people and technology, but what about those at the other end of the age spectrum? Are those not brought up with smartphones at a permanent or temporary disadvantage in the modern age? And does tech provide new solutions to social challenges for a society that is growing gradually every older?

For interest, see also this chart.

This is the forty-first Moxie Session, held 5 April 2016 in Auckland.

The podcast will be along in due course.


Judge David Harvey

@djhdcj  LinkedIn

Digital natives, aliens and immigrants

Grant Sidaway


Seniors teaching seniors

Wendy MacLucas


Loneliness and how tech might help

Solving the right problems

Moxie’s eye was attracted by this piece, in the New York Times on the perils of startup mentality, and why we seem to have so many solutions to non-problems and so few focusing on things that matter.

I would disagree that life is not getting better (I think that data shows the opposite in a broad sense), but those at the Moxie Sessions have often heard me whinge in a nice way that we have lots of apps for finding WiFi and not many curing preventable blindness, to choose one avoidable scourge of humanity at random.

It could be because big problems don’t have big markets (maybe), or because they require more effort than a software startup that can get going in a weekend. We have talked about why startups aren’t focusing on an older demographic recently.

Or perhaps what we see is just related to the types of ventures that want visibility. Talking loudly about a new product or service is not the same as actually having achieved anything.

Written by:

Hayden Glass


Consulting economist for the Sapere Research Group and Moxie Sessions convenor.