For a wee while, I was one of the hosts on Access Granted. It was an Aotearoa-based podcast that aired from 2014 to 2019, and I came on board for the last year or so. I had a lot of fun! Here are the ones I hosted (links to Spreaker, but you can also find it on Spotify)
Kindred Spirits – Sarah Bickerton
October 04, 2018
We welcome not just Sarah Bickerton (PhD Candidate, Tutor, and Research Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington) to the podcast but our co-host Vivian Chandra and her first recording … and it was a meeting of kindred spirits as they are both Physics undergrads who then ended up doing more sociology!
Whilst Sarah, she doesn’t work in tech right now, she is working with tech to work out our political participation. She is also helping to redefine political participation, what a public sphere vs a private sphere is, and what that even means in this day and age where all of our so-called spheres are owned by corporations.
Aotearoa tech union
December 13, 2018
As an example of our team being hard-working people with day jobs, families, and other community and tech adventures, just check out this podcast from Viv who introduces and talks through the newly launched Aotearoa Tech Union.
Viv chats with co-founders Jason Danner, Jess Ducey, Kate Pearce, and Cordelia Black.
The ATU believes that every worker deserves:
- Fair and reasonable working conditions and hours
- Someone on their side if things go wrong
- Career support, and unbiased information on salary and pay, throughout their entire career
- A voice to government and media that represents their interests without fear of upsetting employers
- you work in a tech job or for a technology company, we’re here for you.
Technology is going to be the future of our country. Let’s make sure it’s one we can be proud of.
Human Centred Design – Liz maguire
December 18, 2018
Liz Maguire is the Head of Digital and Transformation at ANZ and she is clear banks are not the old fashioned fuddy-duddies we think they are.
We think that if there was one thing we should take away it is the idea of human-centred design – there is no point making the flashest stuff if no one is ever going to use it. It’ll be interesting to see how the customer-focused teams at ANZ pan out in the long run as Liz’s team is creating amazing tech every day, including Jamie but we’ll let Liz tell you who Jamie is.
The Humans Behind The Big Machine – Neal Richardson
February 05, 2019
A cracking chat between Neal Richardson and Viv at the SparkOne annual event (Spark’s “unconference”) late in 2018.
They cover what an unconference is, where the SparkOne version came from, and the best parts of running the event before they widen out to how Neal got to be where he is, the finest parts of working within Spark, and how it’s all about perceptions and communications (!)
MORALITY IN CODE – HARPER REED
March 21, 2019
Viv has a squee moment and catches up with Harper Reed at this year’s Kiwifoo event (https://www.baacamp.org/). Harper worked as CTO on the Obama 2012 campaign, casually sold his startup to PayPal and recently left them to work on what’s next – hence his visit to Aotearoa.
Harper has a fine Twitter profile that seems to sum him up beautifully:
“A normal person doing normal things. Check out this guide to my tweets // I take photos and operate computers. Books are my friends.”
Viv finds out what makes him tick and why fun is the most important thing of all.
CREATING GRET PASIFIKA LEADERS – STEVE PAEA
May 29, 2019
Steve Paea, ERP (Netsuite) expert during the day and a Pasifika tech leader and advocate during the … night?
From a small coffee meetup/networking informal organisation Steve has, alongside Tovia Va’aelua, Fred Piliu, Bernadette Ah Loo, Joanna Welch, and Joey Nanai, created Pasifika IT that is now partnering with government, and other organisations to provide not just events and networking but now tech mentoring for Pasifika kids.
INDUSTRY IN THE CLASSROOM – WALT & ANDREW (VOLUNTARILY)
June 13, 2019
Andrew Watkins has been working in tech for a while including embedded systems, navigation tools, and at NZTA. Aaaaad at an NZTA-run hackathon that Andrew met Walter Lim and then on to an actual Voluntarily hackathon before both joining the company.
They discuss OMGTech! and, of course, the new Voluntarily system that is:
“… a platform that connects corporate volunteer time with classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts and design with the help of engaging content supplied by New Zealand’s leading innovators in educational content.”
PAVING YOUR OWN PATHWAY TO SUCCESS – SAIA MATAELE
June 24, 2019
Talofa Lava and Kia ora! Welcome to Access Granted, taking you behind the scenes with conversations from the most interesting people of New Zealand tech, media or startups.
Today Viv chats with Saia Mataele about what makes him tick and a wee bit about a few things he is doing in his spare time, from a social enterprise to connect Māori & Pasifika people here in Aotearoa to working on a Pacific-wide e-commerce platform – it’s a wonder that he has anytime to sleep!
So grab a drink, put your feet up and have a listen.
THE ART OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE – KERRY TOPP
July 04, 2019
Kerry Topp is the Associate Director of Transformation and Innovation for Datacom, but fancy titles aside, he is one of those humans that is naturally full of energy and genuinely wants to do good for the world.
Viv and Kerry talk about tech change through a human lens, developing capabilities through hackfests, and student-led innovation before tackling psychological safety, Google’s Project Aristotle and workplace bullying!
Whew, get your notepad out, this one is a doozy!
PROTECTING WHĀNAU THROUGH CYBER SECURITY – TASH BETTRIDGE
July 11, 2019
Viv first met Tash Bettridge when volunteering with kids at a STEAM workshop at OMGTech – from being a teacher to reinventing herself as a cyber security consultant Tash is one to watch out for.
“Aesthetically Pākehā”, is a phrase Tash uses and whilst it’s funny it’s also slightly sad how passing privilege affects us all in different ways. Sometimes, like Tash talks about, it really works against you when you least expect it.
We wish Tash good luck with her Google adventures, and perhaps we’ll catch her up on the flip side.
THOSE DAMN CELLPHONE RADIATION WAVES – PAUL BRISLEN
July 25, 2019
Paul Brislen is a well-known voice on ‘lesser radio’, TV, media, and all over the web with his commentary on the New Zealand tech industry alongside a deep understanding of the telecommunications field.
Some fascinating truth about 5G, the Russian fake news, how in-building 5G needs help … oh, and those extra darned 5G radio waves will NOT give you cancer, sheesh!
Paul and Viv cover the latest tech trends, how data has become key but then ugh use of our personal information, taxing the tech multinationals, social media disrupting MSM, Herald’s paywall and supporting journalism on the web, and critical thinking.
AND, a brief chat about Paul’s work with The Aunties – get involved, donate your unwanted hardware, and support the kids and their families.
DOES CULTURE CREATE MEDIA OR MEDIA CREATE CULTURE – BROUGH JOHNSON
August 01, 2019
Brough Johnson, co-founder of Narrative Muse, and a person that is happy bringing together and community is very important to her.
Coming from the TV and film industries for a number of years Brough she discovered that yes there is the content out there for LGBTQ+ audiences but it was harder to find than the mainstream and so from a review site to a full recommendation service Narrative Muse serves this community.
Ever asked, “How do I ensure we have a diverse company?”, well Brough has a very simple step YOU can take … listen for the details.
THE MEDIA HUSTLE – DUNCAN GRIEVE
August 08, 2019
With Duncan Greive, Managing Editor of The Spinoff website and co-host of the #realpod, you know you’re going to get insight into the New Zealand media scene and where it’s all heading to with Facebook and Google gobbling up all the advertising revenue.
At the time of recording with Viv The Spinoff were in the throws of launching their Members feature, allowing readers (like all of us at AG) to help support the ongoing work – do it here: https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/25-06-2019/announcing-the-spinoff-members/
As always we ask how you the listener can get in touch with our guests and with Duncan he prefers email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And never forget The Spinoff site, https://thespinoff.co.nz/
THE (DIGITAL) HUMAN TOUCH – GAVIN DE STEUR
November 12, 2019
In the penultimate Viv hosted podcast she gets to go and talk with Gavin de Steur at Uneeq, well in fact she gets to talk to Gavin AND an online virtual human.
Gavin, originally from South Africa, is interested in bringing back the emotional human-to-human connection and with UneeQ (formerly Faceme), started here in NZ, he has that opportunity. Uneeq has recently expanded out to Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA which bring with it a challenging growth path because of the many different communication styles.
MAGIC INTERNET PEOPLE – CHRIS MCDOWALL
November 13, 2019
Today Viv ends her time with Access Granted by chatting with Chris McDowall. Chris and Viv first met at Kiwifoo earlier this year when he showed us a sneak peek of his latest project. If you haven’t seen the “We Are Here” book yet, check out the link below, it is beautiful and amazing.
Chris first got into maps playing Dungeons And Dragons and learning about geography at university and he hasn’t looked back since.
And so, we all say goodbye to Viv as she says goodbye to you:
“Well, thanks for listening once again, and this time, I’m going to say Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei, that is all for now. You probably already know, Mike, Raj and myself are wrapping this up and this is my last official stint with the crew. It’s been awesome talking to you across the internet, and if you ever bump into me, please come say hi. Ngā mihi nui me te ngā manaakitanga… thank you so much and best wishes”