May 01, 2018
Mentors open tech world for rangatahi
Thirty rangatahi will get a chance to see if they have what it takes for a career in technology through this year’s OMGTech! Mana Tangata programme.
During the six-month programme they will team up with industry mentors to design and implement a project using technology to help their community.
The mentors come from a who’s who of New Zealand technology companies including Trade Me, MYOB, Spark, Vend, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Vista Entertainment and others.
Co-founder Vaughan Rowsell says the programme aims to address digital inequality and tech sector diversity, with 75 percent of the participants being Maori or Pasifika an equal mix of girls and boys.
They’re between 14 and 17 years of age and have been nominated by communities from Timaru to Kaitaia.
An important part of the programme is finding mentors with the same cultural roots so the kids are inspired to follow the pathways open to them to a career in technology and to take their stories and influences with them.
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