Bucky Box was an Award Nominee: Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award

Sustainable Entrepreneurhsip Award Bucky Box Software for Local Food

 

 

We don’t get up every morning wanting or expecting adulation. That said, it’s always nice to be acknowledged for the work you’re doing and sometimes it makes you feel like other people believe in your idea too.

 

This week we were delighted to hear from the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award organisers that we have made it into the Top 5 for this global award which is in its second year :

The sea honours people and companies who are already shaping the world of tomorrow today. They work together with others towards a sustainable future and develop intelligent solutions for the environment and society through their regular business activities or through innovative processes and projects. They focus their resources and ideas on social and ecological innovations and, in doing so, take the idea of corporate social responsibility one step further.

 

We feel somewhat humbled to have made it to the top 5 from the 260 entrants. Sadly we couldn’t jump on a plane to be at the swanky awards ceremony in Austria to meet some of the people behind the remarkable ideas and organisations which are forging a better future.

 

We were nominated in the Development & Services category of the ‘Best Project’ award – we were certainly impressed by some of the other projects and enterprises merging from this space as well.

 

Here’s to raising a glass of something bubbly to all the awesome people around the world working on projects, businesses, and badly needed services to make the world a little (or a lot) better!

 

Here’s a short video to give you a little pep talk to make the world awesome:

 

Check out SEA online here and their facebook page here.

 

** WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE **

Check it out! We were awarded a certificate for finishing in the Top 5!

Sustainable Entreprneurship Award Trophy

Social Innovation High-5’s

The Sustainable Business Network Awards are going down right now in Auckland, and we’re sad we couldn’t be there.

We’re sad not to be there, not just because we were included in the Finalists for the Social Innovation category, but because the rest of the finalists were our good friends from around the country too!

In fact, we share an office with the winners (and a couple of us are trustees..).  So, please lift a glass to the ever-awesome 350 Aotearoa – Social Innovation Champions for 2011! Yeow!!

Keep up with the rest of the awards through Twitter at #NZSBNAwards

Honourable mention to the mighty Kaibosh – fantastic Food Rescuers of Wellington.

High-5’s to Guy & Laura at Inspiring Stories and Emily at Urban Pantry too!

Local & Friendly Food Champion showcase: Permaculture Research Institute

We really love writing these blogs…

Announcing our third Friendly Food Champion partnership!

Our well respected friends at the Permaculture Research Institute are known around the world for their work with the permaculture principles, furthering research, awareness, advocacy and connectivity of ideas & creating an ecosystem of permaculturists across the globe!
We are choosing to support their work due to their commitment to permaculture without borders – supporting and nurturing the practice in developing nations to ensure the way industrial agriculture has become unsustainable in many of our developed nations, wont happen there too.  Their regular blog which sources permaculture stories from around the world is well worth keeping tabs on, and don’t forget to register your project on the Permaculture Global map – the ‘facebook of permaculture projects‘!  Did we mention they also won the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010?

Unsure what Permaculture is?

Permaculture is about permanent agriculture – an approach to designing self-sustaining agricultural systems, which is based on the relationships found in nature; an ecological approach rather than simply biological. It’s a philosophy as well as a science. Also, check out PRI’s definition.

Courtesy of PermaculturePrinciples.com

We’re very much looking forward to supporting the Permaculture Research Institute over the coming years, and to learning more about creating a productive food system through the permaculture lens.

Balsamiq – A whole lot of good!

Every now and then you come across people who really make you sit up and take notice.

We’ve been hard at work continuing to make Bucky Box as usable as possible, so we’ve been looking for the tools to enable us to do this as easily as possible.  We stumbled across Balsamiq who developed a wireframing application which enables us to quickly and simply visually mock up what we want new pages to look like for our awesome developers like @ootoovak@allan_enspiral to code.

We got to talking, and told them what we’re up to with Bucky Box.  They kindly let us know that they have a special category for ‘do-gooders’ – in fact they’ve given away something like $680k of licenses to their awesome software to date! Way to go Balsamiq!!

Check out their blog about their view about giving back here! We’re truly thankful to Balsamiq for providing us with some licenses to help our team nail down our last round of designs, to get Bucky Box launched to the wider world.  We know they understand our mission, and the potential impact we can catalyse around the world with these tools for a better food system.

So take a look at the video below, and see if you can spot the mockups we put together using Balsamiq’s kickass wireframing software;

Bucky Box : submission for Cleantech Open to represent New Zealand in Global Entrepreneurship Week

Cleantech Challenge Champions

Wow!

We’re rocking here at Bucky Box today, with the news that we have won the New Zealand section of the Global Entrepreneurship Week’s ‘Cleantech’ category!

A good friend suggested we enter our company’s story into the competition a while back, and we found out we were through to the top three entries last week.  Then on Monday we found out we had won the national competition in the ‘Air, Water & Energy’ category.

Our entry will now be shown at the Global Entrepreneurship Week’s competition in San Francisco, but you can get a sneak peak at the first cut here;

A massive thanks to all our friends, family, and the mighty Enspiral crew back here in New Zealand, for all the support & encouragement following the announcement. It means a lot. We’re proud to be representing our country in this competition, especially on the wave of national pride sweeping the nation from the All Blacks massive win on the weekend!

Richie McCaw raises Webb Ellis trophy as champions of RWC in front of All Black team

Image courtesy of ruggaworld.com

Next stop for Bucky Box & our tools for a better food system… San Francisco!!

See official press release from GEW here about the Cleantech win.