Future Innovators in Tech

Future Innovators in Tech

Potentia is delighted to announce the launch of its new Future Innovators in Tech (FIT) programme, which aims to support and enhance the uptake of technology skills in school.

The firm is offering all Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools in Auckland* the chance to win $10,000 to kickstart an exciting digital initiative within their technology education programmes. 

Commenting on FIT, Nathan Bryant-Taukiri, Potentia's Managing Director, said: "As a key contributor to the tech-focused careers of many New Zealanders, we're eager to support the next generation of innovators and ensure that this support extends all the way down to the grassroots of the technology sector."

"To prepare today’s pupils for the demands of tomorrow’s workforce, it is crucial that the school curriculum responds to the demands of the digital economy.", says Bryant-Taukiri. "With New Zealand facing a growing shortage of digital skills, the focus is shifting to programmes and pathways that will inspire the next generation of young people to pursue a career in tech; people who will be able to make anything possible through innovation, software, design and technology."

Entries will be judged by Potentia's Directors and a shortlist will be announced on Monday 1st May. Within the shortlisted schools, the winner of the $10,000 grant will be determined by popular vote via the Potentia Facebook page. Voting on Potentia’s Facebook page will run for seven days and will be open to the general public.

To apply, schools need to complete an online entry form by Friday 14th April 2017.

Key dates

14 April: Deadline for entries

1 May: Shortlist announced

1 – 7 May: Voting period (Voting will start at 9am on 1 May and close at midnight on 7 May)

10 May: Winner announced

"Over the last three years, Potentia has proudly supported students in their final year of study at the University of Auckland through the Potentia Scholarship Programme. We are thrilled to extend our collaboration with educational institutions to include Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools in Auckland. We hope the Future Innovators in Tech grant will go some way towards helping young people to develop their digital skills and improve access to innovative technology resources.", adds Bryant-Taukiri.

For further information, please contact Laura - 095512916 / [email protected]

*All primary, intermediate and Secondary schools in the Auckland region covered by the following educational boards are eligible to apply: Albert–Eden local board, Devonport–Takapuna local board, Franklin local board, Great Barrier local board, Henderson–Massey local board, Hibiscus and Bays local board, Howick local board, Kaipatiki local board, Mangere–Otahuhu local board, Manurewa local board, Maungakiekie–Tamaki local board, Orakei local board, Otara–Papatoetoe local board, Papakura local board, Puketapapa local board, Rodney local board, Upper Harbour local board, Waiheke local board, Waitakere Ranges local board, Waitemata local board and Whau local board.

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