I attended the NZ Excellence in IT Awards last night. I was one of three judges in the Education category. The winner was Michael Trengrove for his work in establishing and now managing Code Club Aotearoa. This initiative involves coordinating a “nationwide network of volunteer led after school coding clubs for kiwi kids”. The timing for this could not have been better with the Minister of Education announcement that Digital Technologies is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum in Years 1-10.
Raybon Kan performed the MC role – robots, driverless cars, old TV shows and Pokemon providing a rich source of material. Hon Amy Adams also presented, making the point that she would like to see more women in the IT Industry – up from the current 20%. All in all a pretty good evening.