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Sex, dating and hook-ups are nothing new. But when you add social media and gamification apps like Tinder and Snapchat to the mix, does this up the ante? Is swiping left any shallower than mentally discounting the guy/girl next to you at the bar? Can we make real connections online or is it just a self-validation game? Sex on the internet thrives on privacy, while social media relies on public sharing. What happens when these two things collide?

All (hopefully!) will become clearer tomorrow evening when #smcakl discusses the secrets and lies we tell online – at the Vodafone building at 20 Viaduct Harbour.

Doors open for this free even at 6pm, and the discussions start at 6.30pm, and the show wraps at 8pm. There’s food, drinks and hospitality from #smcakl sponsors Oracle (#oraclesocial), Vodafone (@VodafoneNZ), and Domino’s (@dominos_NZ)

The panellists are:

Kyle MacDonald (@kylemacd)

Kyle MacDonald is an experienced psychotherapist with an interest in relationships and the way technology is impacting our interactions. He’s co-director of Robert Street Clinic in Ellerslie;, and has worked in mental health, addiction, domestic violence and specialist psychotherapy programmes.

He contributes weekly to the Radio Live show Sunday Mornings with Mark Sainsbury. In his interviews, he aims to offer advice about how to use the skills of ‘Mindfulness’ and the research of ‘positive psychology’ to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

Trak Gray (@SpaceArmyGuy)

Trak Gray is the digital social marketing co-ordinator for the Love Your Condom programme at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.  Since starting in this role nine months ago, he has led the development of LYC’s social media strategy and headed a number social media projects including the LYC Snapchat Scavenger Hunt at the LYC Big Gay Out, and the guys only remake of the First Kiss video

Trak Gray is an advocate of using social media to encourage safer sex and says that he loves discovering new ways of using existing platforms to achieve engagement.

Louise Campagnone (@FindSomeoneNZ)

Louise Campagnone is head of FindSomeone – New Zealand’s biggest and longest running online dating website. Having played witness to a number of online dating success stories, Louise brings a unique point of view to the panel. Her experience with FindSomeone clients (both online and via nationwide singles events) also gives her insight into the common stigmas connected to the online dating world.

She will be responsible for bringing New Zealand’s first Pheromone Party to life later this year, and has a range of unique views to share on this month’s topic.

How to get a free ride to the event: 

UBER has teamed up with #smcakl to give all users a free ride to the event up to $30. UBER is a smartphone app that you can use to book private drivers to pick you up in minutes. UBER is in over 130 cities around the world, including New York, London, Paris and now Auckland!

The process is simple:

  1. Download the UBER app on an iPhone or Android device, and create an account.
  2. Enter the promo code “SMCAKLSEX” when prompted (you can even do it right now and it’s locked in).
  3. Check the ETA, ‘REQUEST’ when you need a car, and enjoy the ride!

(Note that Uber provides a service based on proximity. Therefore, a pick-up from areas on the Shore and below Mt. Eden cannot be 100% guaranteed at this stage, but please try.)

Twitter: @Uber_Auckland  Instagram: Uber_Auckland


Other Cool Stuff

Interlike (  will be floating around with their iPad photography machine. (@InterlikeNZ)

Social Playground ( will be showing up with their Live Instagram Printer – snap a photo on Instagram, hashtag it #smcakl and collect your printed photo, instantly! Check out the Live Instagram Printer at the back before or after the event. (@SocialPlaygrnd)



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