23 Jun Teens seek Tech Success in Silicon Valley

In September this year, 14 students from Nayland College and 6 from Marlborough Boys College will be participating in a Business, Innovation and ICT trip to Silicon Valley in San Francisco. The focus of this trip for the students is to see how New Zealanders have achieved success in the Silicon Valley environment, and what particular skills they think our students need to develop to be successful in Business and ICT. As New Zealand is a very small part of the international economy students need to understand that successful businesses can be started here, but having connections with Silicon Valley is an important part of that process as it is the epicentre of the whole technology sector globally.

This is an exciting opportunity to meet with Kiwi’s, including ex-students, at Facebook, Twitter, Google and other businesses. Students will also have the opportunity to pitch their own ideas and innovations to venture capitalists based in Silicon Valley.

It is also an expensive opportunity, so we are trying to raise funds to minimise the expense on the students’ families. Students’ are currently selling raffle tickets to businesses, giving them a chance to win a full page advertisement in The Nelson Weekly and the Waimea Weekly. A quiz night will also be held early in Term 3 at the Yazza Café.

If anyone wants to help, donations can be made directly on the givealittle website:https://givealittle.co.nz/donate/Cause/siliconvalley or contact the school to discuss how you can help.