We love playing and trying out new technology. We are lucky that We get to try out new technology, electronic devices and other interesting electronic pieces of technology.
During the course of running the Podcast and Website we occasionally get to keep this technology. In each case we will endeavour to be clear about what we have been given in each review. We try hard to be honest and upfront about each product sharing the insights we have found as well as our own personal preferences.
All of the members of the Geeksphere team work voluntarily and receive no payments from PR Companies or Technology manufacturers.
When we engage with organisations to discuss their products we are very clear about who we work for and any potential conflicts of interest. Where a conflict of interest occurs with one of the team members other members of Geeksphere will preform the review or interview.
At the core Geeksphere is a Tech crazed bunch of Geeks who love to try new technology, games or see movies. Our purpose is to be as fair and balanced as possible and be as open about how we operate as possible.
On occasion we will choose to publish entire official press releases. When this occurs we will endeavor to flag the post as such in the first paragraph of the article.
Occasionally we will be approached to promote a product or service. In every case we will flag this post as such in the first paragraph of the article. Sponsored posts are also vetted by the team, if we dont agree to the content we will not post it on the site. Sponsored content helps us to reduce the costs on the website.
Key Member Disclosures
As well as a general disclosure we want to let you know exactly what our deal is, who we work for and what we can and cant say due to our employment conditions.
Bradley Borrows (@thegadgetguynz @bradbor)
I have for the past 9 years worked for Microsoft ( in the UK and now New Zealand), so I get to see and play with lots of technology from a Microsoft perspective. This means I get to see and where I am allowed too, provide people with feedback on technology that they may not know a lot about.
Based on my employment contract there are just some things that I cant talk or write about ( my hands are tied) so in that situation I am lucky that Skip Parker can write about things ( that he is publically allowed to write about).
Outside my day job I also play with everything from Apple, Sony, Google etc because I love gadgets and technology. I want things that just work and I have and will always voice my opinion as to how it works in the real world ( this has upset some Microsoft people ).
To allow me to write and speak about products I work with PR agencies and various hardware providers to get access to devices, software, accessories and other services. I always state that I will give my honest opinion about what we are reviewing so both parties know what they are getting themselves into. I will never write something positive or negative around a product just as a favour to help promote something.
If I am given a device to keep then I will always state that in my reviews or podcasts so that there is transparency. Where I can I will make these devices available as prizes I will and again I will state where I am getting these from.
I have learn’t ( from past podcast’s) that Integrity and Transparency are critical for a Podcast and we have built Geeksphere around Integrity and Transparency these are critical for me , so I will make sure that I live to these values. At any point in time I will always state if something given or leant to us for review purposes.
In all cases of my involvement where Reviews, News or Discussions are made around my employer I will encourage my peers at Geeksphere to take a lead on these for the sake of transparency and honesty. I will also be clear in all my posts where my personal interests are tied to the article.
Skip Parker (@UrbankiwiNZ)
I currently work for Ignition Networks, a company that develops mobile communication solutions. The views expressed by myself are that of my own and do not reflect any of the views of Ignition Networks nor its clients.
I am also involved in part with GameGuide and FilmGuide, some independent game and film review websites. These websites also contribute into the Geeksphere eco system.
My other involvement is as a board member with the PSSM Trust, which owns and operates 2nd City Studios, a game development startup. Occasionally I will encourage the discussion of 2nd City Studio’s projects on the podcast and website as I am very passionate about the work this organisation is doing.
In all cases of my involvement where Reviews, News or Discussions are made around my employer, my website projects or 2nd City Studios, I will encourage my peers at Geeksphere to take a lead on these for the sake of transparency and honesty. I will also be clear in all my posts where my personal interests are tied to the article.