Tech is Good: The Role of Tech in Growing Great Adults

“The role of tech in growing great adults” a panel discussion hosted by Dan Bain
Remove from my schedule Save to my schedule

Please note: this event is managed by an event organiser independent to Techweek. Techweek is not responsible for the event content, ticketing process and/or the health and safety of attendees at the event.

How does technology and our attitudes towards it help or hinder our teenagers? How can we as parents, educators and IT industry professionals help promote the positives of new and emerging technologies, whether it be in their pockets, in their classrooms or in their future career direction?

There are concerns that tech is not always good for the world or for us as individuals. In particular, there has been plenty of discussion about side effects, such as cyber bullying and lack of concentration. Let’s flip the conversation on the head here and focus on the positive. What can we do as adults, educators, students and parents to understand the digitally-native world our children inhabit? When we seek to understand, encourage and support their journey into adulthood we must also embrace the influence that technology has in their lives, now and in the future. And, more importantly, when we accentuate the positive then we will also be able to identify, promote and embrace technology that is good for our world and our future too.

Our MC for the event is Dan Bain 

Dan Bain is the Artistic Director of The Court Jesters and has worked as an improviser, actor, motivational speaker, street performer, theatre director and stand-up comedian since graduating from CircoArts, the New Zealand circus training school, in 2001. He is also the Associate Director of the Court Theatre and is responsible for the theatre’s alternative studio space, The Forge, and The Court's Children’s Theatre Programme.

Our guests

Covering a rich range of experiences, from teachers to students and IT professionals, our panellists will share with you their perspectives on how technology can be used in a positive way for the future.

Come and join us for a lively panel discussion, followed by light refreshments @ ARA,  130 Madras Street, Ground floor, Imagitech Theatre, A134.

The venue is courtesy of ARA - thank you ARA for hosting this event!

Brought to you by IWiL @ Datacom (Inspiring Women in Leadership)

  • Community
  • Debate
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Youth
Brought to you by:

Speakers

Charlotte is a classroom Teacher at Waitakiri School, a e-learning lead teacher, and a mentor teacher. She brings a wealth of expertise from science to arts and her specialities include: e-Learning, ICT integration, iPads to transform learning and literacy programmes.
Dan Bain is the Artistic Director of The Court Jesters and has worked as an improviser, actor, motivational speaker, street performer, theatre director and stand-up comedian since graduating from CircoArts, the New Zealand circus training school, in 2001. He is also the Associate Director of the Court Theatre and is responsible for the theatre’s alternative studio space, The Forge, and The Court's Children’s Theatre Programme.
Darren has spent over 20 years in the IT industry. He is currently the CIO at AsureQuality and leading their Digital & IT transformation. His focus is on fixing, upgrading and unifying core infrastructure and systems, rethinking operating models in a digital world, and delivering innovative software solutions to customers.
Currently in Year 11 at Burnside High School, E Wen was first introduced to robotics when she was eight years old. Her passion for exponential technology and the ways in which it can be used to solve environmental issues is driving her to develop a drone to detect and georeference macroplastics. E Wen will be representing New Zealand at the Future Problem Solving International Conference in Wisconsin later this year.
Jess Downs works as a Business Analyst in the Software Development team at Datacom after completing her Bachelor of ICT from Ara Institute of Canterbury where she spent her time as the President of Tech Girls. Before joining IT, Jess completed her Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) from the University of Canterbury, working in a range of Early Childhood roles from a Preschool Teacher, Nursery Teacher and Centre Manager.
In her spare time, she is involved in Women in Tech and Canterbury Tech Cluster.
Marcus is 10-years old and a year 6 student at Rolleston School. He loves reading and coding programs on Tynker and Scratch. Marcus is currently building different configurations with his JIMU robotics kit which he programmes to do tasks from his tablet.
Rose has an IT career spanning 35 plus years and has been witness to the introduction of technology that has and continues to have a positive impact on the lives of many New Zealanders. She is passionate about helping solve everyday business problems using technology in a meaningful and relevant way. Rose has been with Datacom for almost six years and her team consists of a number of Software centric Business Units that deliver and manage a variety of Business Applications across many Government and Private Clients.
Top →