Ray Avery

From his Mt Eden "garage", Avery is saving millions of lives in developing countries through invention, groundbreaking technology and his unrelenting belief that "one man can change the world". Inspired by this recent article in Idealog (if you haven’t read it – you must), we asked Ray Avery to tell us more about what inspires him.


What’s happening in the world of Ray Avery in 2013?

We have developed some disruptive biometric monitoring hardware and software, which will change the way that we practice medicine. The company we have established to commercialise this disruptive technology is called Vigil Wireless Monitoring Systems. We can monitor your vital signs 24 hours a day via a very discrete wristband, which sends your biometric data to the cloud where we analyse it via algorithm analysis and can predict your future adverse health outcomes.


Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.

Chuck Feeney. Chuck is the real deal when it comes to philanthropy; giving away 7.5 billion to charities and he is the most humble of men, shying away from the limelight.

He inspires me because Chuck exemplifies the very best of what you can be as a human being.


What is an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.

Imagination. Imagination is what makes everything possible. It allows us to become better than we think we are and to dream the greatest of all dreams.


Tell us three things that inspire you and why.

  • New Zealand because NZ allows you to be the person that you would like to be.
  • My children because they dream without boundaries and they remind me of what's possible.
  • The finality of our personal existence and the need to use our time on Earth as valuably as we can. I’m 65 years old and just getting really dangerous of spirit