Are you a school-aged inventor with great innovative ideas? Then a new competition could be just what you're looking for to showcase your talent.
Software giant SAP is bringing its flagship youth innovation programme Young ICT Explorers to New Zealand. It is designed to inspire and encourage school-aged children to use technology creatively.
Pupils will be tasked with developing an innovative ICT project which will be showcased in an event in October.
It's hoped the programme will encourage young people to take up careers in the IT and tech industry.
One day, I hope our NZ tech stars are as famous if not more than our sports stars. Competitions like the one above do a great job in giving like-minded a platform to display their talents.
In light of the following existence, we need as many of these competitions as possible:
"According to Statistics New Zealand, 10.9 per cent of 15 to 24-year-olds are not in employment, education or training. And enrolment in, and graduation from, tertiary ICT courses is still declining."
This is really scary. Is it how ICT is perceived by students. Could the tertiary ICT industry be doing more in terms of promotion, education in schools? The longer this paradox exists, the more difficult it will be to fix. New Zealand needs to be seriously looking at the tech and edtech fields as priority areas for economic and social growth.