July 05, 2018
Māori tech stars sought
The achievements of Māori in tech were celebrated last night in Auckland’s Eden Terrace in what could become a regular speaking series at the Auckland branch of industry training body Dev Academy.
Enspiral Dev Academy kaiāwhina Māori Dougal Stott says the event came about from students wanting to know about Māori role models or mentors.
Tonight’s speaker is education game developer and Māori business award winner Maru Nihoniho.
Mr Stott says information technology is New Zealand’ fastest growing sector,, but Māori are under-represented.
So far 13 Māori have received scholarships for Dev Academy bootcamps and are now junior developers.
"The advantage we as tangata Māori have is we are natural great humans. We have great interpersonal skills, great communicators, instinctively empathetic towards people and that is the one thing that we are trying to highlight here, not just providing opportunity for developers to create but also to highlight the wonderful things about being Māori and how we can share that with the world," Mr Stott says.
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