Antipodes at Futur en Seine 2017

With support from the Embassy of France in New Zealand, four AUT students and alumni have been selected to present their work at Futur en Seine, Europe’s largest digital festival.

With support from the Embassy of France in New Zealand, four AUT students and alumni with exceptional examples of Kiwi technological innovation have been selected to present their work at Futur en Seine, Europe’s largest digital festival.

The students’ ideas showcase the best of AUT and Kiwi ingenuity and highlight the fresh talent and ideas that can benefit business and communities globally.

The inventive creations of our students’ including The Green Fairy, Cam-Panion, Charged, and Sonnar, emphasise that AUT is the entrepreneurial university for the changing world.

In 2016 Colab has partnered with French Embassy in New Zealand and the College of Creative Arts at Massey University (Wellington) on Antipodes – A new initiative to explore critical, collaborative and creative responses to the uncertainty and acceleration of social/cultural change in France and New Zealand. Read more about the collaboration here.

The Green Fairy

The Green Fairy

The Green Fairy is a virtual reality story experience about fairies who secretly live inside traffic lights. It is aimed at the family entertainment market and is complemented by a series of augmented reality books for children.

In 2016, The Green Fairy was produced by Conical Interactive Studios and was launched as New Zealand’s first virtual reality movie. This has led to production of a pilot episode for international release in October 2017 for a subscription-based VR series.

Alejandro Davila

Alejandro Davila is currently completing his Master of Creative Technologies at AUT. He is the founder of Conical Interactive Studios and was a finalist for Young New Zealand Innovator of the Year 2016 at the New Zealand Innovation Awards for his achievements in VR storytelling.



Cam-Panion is a new frontier in travel storytelling. Aimed at travellers aged 18–35, it is a two part system consisting of a camera and an app which work together to simplify the storytelling process and allow the viewer to step inside a story using a mixed reality experience.

The 360 Cam-Panion camera leverages 360 videos using three 185° wide-angle camera lenses to capture the full story. The app uses different audio and visualisation methods to push the boundaries of traditional storytelling mediums.

Praveer SrivastavaPraveer Srivastava graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Design, and currently works as a product designer and entrepreneur based in Auckland, New Zealand. With a background in the travel industry, he is now merging his passion for design and travel with his travel technology startup, Cam-Panion.



Charged is on a mission to fundamentally change the way people commute. As a student in Auckland, Zac Goodsir set out to find the most efficient and sustainable way to get to university and around the city.

Passionate about electric drive technology and longboarding, it was an obvious choice to pair the two. After creating a successful prototype, Zac won the AUT Innovation Challenge and teamed up with Matthew Warner and Nick Woon to take the product to market. They are currently developing an open source electric skateboard.

Matthew WarnerMatthew Warner is a student of AUT’s Bachelor of Creative Technologies, and is head engineer and CTO at Charged. He handles all technical aspects of product development and production, from CAD to circuit design and testing to fabrication.



Sonnar introduces a new type of entertainment: interactive audio stories. Its mission is to make kids and adults start reading – or listening to – stories again. Sonnar connects interactive audio stories, listeners and content creators with an online editing and publishing platform. The editing and authoring tool adopts an intuitive user interface – with just couple of clicks, authors will be able to create and publish their work. Each audio story is layered with rich soundscapes, building an immersive experience that launches the user’s imagination in the alternate world.

Jarek BeksaJarek Beksa is Sonnar’s founder and digital producer, and is a doctoral candidate at Auckland University of Technology. An expert in mobile applications, UX and product design and multimodal user interfaces, Jarek is passionate about games, user experience and sound engineering.

The Embassy of France in New Zealand is proud to have partnered with AUT to support the participation of New Zealand creative entrepreneurs and start-ups at Futur en Seine.