Next week is Tech Week, a week where across Aotearoa, the technology sector strives to amplify our unique and inspiring innovation stories, inviting aspiring tech entrepreneurs to make connections and gain insights and also an opportunity for our communities to stretch their understanding of what tech can be.
At Tōnui Collab we create opportunities for our rangatahi to explore and thrive with tech. As important as creating fun workshops, we are striving to help our rangatahi see a future for themselves in tech. Tech Week helps make these opportunities more visible. Māori make up only 1.9 percent of the tech workforce in New Zealand so it’s very important that the stories we are sharing speak to our rangatahi so that we can create a more diverse tech industry.
We have a number of great events during Tech Week that speak to the opportunities for our rangatahi starting with Amber Taylor’s session on Monday 27 July; Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of ARA Journeys, builds mobile games that blend the digital world with te taiao and te ao Māori. Her session will address the importance of local community involvement in the design process and the value of gamification through an indigenous lens.
Gaming is often viewed negatively with gamers portrayed as antisocial and lazy but the global gaming industry is booming – how can we help our rangatahi transform from consumers to creators?
Ian Musson talks about the opportunities for us to be tech entrepreneurs in his session on Thursday 30 July. Musson, Head of Maori Engagement at Young Enterprise, and former Maori Business and Relationships Manager at Callaghan innovation, has a passion for supporting Maori in the tech and innovation space.
Creating a pathway from consumer to creator, Tōnui Collab is hosting two game development workshops on Tuesday 28 July and Thursday 30 July 6pm – 8pm. Tōnui Collab workshops with our young people daily but this week the team is inviting parents to explore and create alongside their children, these retro arcade game development workshops will have whanau creating and coding games reminiscent of Pac Man, Space Invaders, Mario Brothers.
ALL of these events are FREE but some have limited numbers so register online. You can check out the full programme of local events and nationwide events at https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/
By Shanon O’Connor, TŌNUI Collab Collab. Image X TŌNUI Collab