Health and training apps were favourites of the FINSIA community, judging by their responses.
From cycling and running to mindfulness apps, they certainly reflected the growth in the respective businesses - all of which have seen a boom during 2020.
Try buying a bike or get one repaired and you could be waiting months as it became one of the boom industries of the year.
As Wayde Keyser F FIN says of the Global Cycling Network app: “Being an avid cyclist, having access to every cycling race on an app and being able to watch it through the tv, when I want, is gold.”
Financial Advice & Services chair CBA’s Vicky Ampoulos SF FIN opted for Strava which - as most out there will know - can be used for running as well.
The app that was set up in 2009 is one of the most popular training trackers, which is seeing one million new users a month and eight million activities uploaded every day.
Funds and Asset Management chair Wes Hatch F FIN Wes Hatch is another fan of fitness apps, plumping for How to Run.
While Young BFO Ambassador Louisa Brown also highlighted the Nike Training Club app, she also liked language learning app Duolingo, wine and food matching app Good Pair Days and the Qantas Wellbeing app.
The Banking and Finance Oath’s Jodi O’Callaghan is another runner who uses
MapMyRun “to build my fitness”.
Of the Action for Happiness app, Her Middle Name Is Courage author Heidi Dening said: “This one has made a massive difference to my year with inspiring and helpful notifications to remind me that all will be OK.”
Apple’s Health & Fitness Tracker apps also received several mentions.
When it comes to podcasts, FINSIA President Victoria Weekes’ suggestion of The Gatherings Order is - as she says - a “must listen podcast”.
It is the NSW State Library’s The Gatherings Order has unearthed first-hand accounts of the then world’s deadliest pandemic while tracing its startling familiar story of social distancing, quarantine blunders, dubious cures and mask wearing.
“It’s a mirror image of COVID but 100 years ago,” says Victoria SF FIN.
With Grounded by Louis Theroux, which is Judo Bank CFO & COO Chris Bayliss’s choice, you get what we’ve come to expect from the dogged interviewer.
Like half the world, Louis has been in lockdown. But he has used the opportunity to track down high-profile people he's been longing to talk to in his inimitable style.
From #MeToo founder Rose McGowan to Harry Potter actor Miriam Margolyes, Boy George to The Crown’s Helena Bonham Carter, these interviews will keep you entertained.
For a look across the sustainable finance landscape, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia CEO Simon O’Connor suggested the Good Future Podcast.
“We've particularly enjoyed the well honed and engaging conversations John Tredgold has been having with industry luminaries across finance and sustainability in 2020 on the Good Future Podcast,” he said.