‘Geek Camps’ Help Youths to Prosperity In a Digital World and Digital City
Last month a pair of Geek Camps were run in South Auckland to allow youths who might not have as easy access to the digital realm others would enjoy as second nature.
Below is a story and some photos of the two, two-day Geek Camps held last month in South Auckland:
GEEK CAMPS – PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY
Kids usually want to spend their holidays playing, not learning –Accelerating Auckland’s Geek Camp changes all that!
Over the recent holidays some really excited south Auckland kids have been learning the latest in cool technologies including stop motion animation, music production and game making. They have even been playing with augmented reality – a technology so cutting edge that many adults will not have heard of it but which is set to revolutionise future marketing campaigns.
The 2 x 2 day Geek Camps have hosted nearly 60 early teens from Weymouth School and Good Seed Trust’s afterschool programme in Mangere. Mentors leading workshops in the programme are established industry professionals from AwhiWorld, Auckland Libraries and High Tech Youth
Network with student support from AUT University. Delivery is further supported by Samsung who have provided the devices used in workshops, Auckland Council, Waikato University, Coconut Wireless and the Southern Initiative.
Leading the programme is NGO Accelerating Aotearoa Inc, working hard to support prosperity
through digital capability as the foundation for skilled work.
“Our concern is that while the tech sector offers plentiful jobs and high wages many youth from
Auckland’s south do not have access to the infrastructure or the skill sets to participate. We have
developed the Accelerating Auckland programme to address this issue by supporting young
Aucklanders – focusing on those most in need – to prepare and qualify for work in this lucrative and rapidly growing employment opportunity”, explains Accelerating Aotearoa’s Chief Executive and Founder Judy Speight.
Accelerating Auckland runs a range of programmes complimenting Geeks Gamps, including
community wide Park Camps where kids with parents, and grandparents can up skill themselves in leading-edge technologies and our Digital Foundations programme supporting effective digital practice in early teaching and learning.
In 2014 Accelerating Auckland reached 2000 South Aucklanders; in 2015 they are aiming to reach
18,000 more with plans in place to reach 100,000 by 2020. Accelerating Auckland is improving learning success for children within early learning facilities, schools, tertiaries and across communities. Supported by Auckland Council’s “Digital Leadership Forum”, delivery is made possible by an innovative collaboration of nearly 40 organisations and over 100 volunteers.
Together we’re opening up possibilities for South Auckland youth….and having lots of fun!
Some information on Accelerating Auckland
ABOUT ACCELERATING AUCKLAND
ACCELERATING AUCKLAND has been established under the auspices of Auckland Council’s “Digital Leadership Forum” to leverage Government’s investment in Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB).
ACCELERATING AOTEAROA is an independent and established charitable entity with demonstrated, and measurable, successes over more than 10 years.
Focus on digital capability as the platform for the development & growth of New Zealand’s
Leadership in creating collaboration across regions together with both public & private
Development of sustainable economic & social solutions for underserved and in-need
Our independent, collaborative and broad based approach to delivering outcomes for sectors and communities is unique. We deliver a range of initiatives that directly enhance outcomes for the underserved, by co-ordinating the aspirations and energies of Tertiaries, businesses, government and communities.
Accelerating Aotearoa’s work focus’ on:
Providing talent with opportunities to make informed choices in education & ensuring their
study is relevant to future labour market needs
Attracting talent to tertiary courses relevant to future labour market needs
Connecting talent to the job market and supporting them on the pathway between tertiary
study and work
For more information on Accelerating Auckland and Accelerating Aotearoa see: www.acceleratingauckland.co.nz,
A Presentation from the recent Geek Camp
And some pictures from the Camps. Source and Credit to Accelerating Auckland