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Take2 - Providing Second Chances Through Tech

Showcasing the mahi Take2 do and discussing how some of Aotearoa's largest tech companies are supporting this kaupapa.

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Wed 18 May 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM




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Take2 - Providing Second Chances Through Tech

Take2 teaches incarcerated individuals to code, enabling meaningful employment opportunities. They do this through delivering a three-year programme providing the resources, connections and support for a life-changing experience.

Feedback from the students participating in the programme has been positive and humbling.

Feedback from one of the Take2 students:

“Before I started Take2 I had no hope of a positive future for myself. The last few years leading up to my imprisonment was a downward spiral of failure and disappointment. My incarceration was the end of that spiral and I couldn’t see a positive life for myself anymore. Since then, Take2 has turned my life around and has helped me build real meaningful changes in myself that I never knew I had in me and supports me through every step of my journey. Take2 really feels like a second chance at life and has been a healing experience for me. I feel happy, confident and can see a bright and better future for myself and my family.”

To enable this, Take2 is also working with a number of tech companies in Aotearoa to support this kaupapa. Hear from representatives of these companies as to how they are supporting Take2 and their students with the ultimate goal of being able to offer them meaningful work in the technology industry.

Scroll to the bottom of the Take2.org page for the livestream

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David Downs

CEO at New Zealand Story Group

David will be Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

David is a former Microsoft Executive in Asia-Pacific and currently the CEO of New Zealand Story Group. David is active in the New Zealand tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem, currently serving as Chairman of The Icehouse and the NZ Hi-Tech Awards. In addition, David was a semi-finalist for the New Zealander of the Year award in 2020. 

David also sits on the advisory board of Take2.

Teresa Pollard

Board Director, Impact leader, Technology Change Agent. Associate Director - Strategic Partnerships at Datacom

Teresa is currently the Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships at Datacom. Teresa has spent her career focused in IT with NZTE, Microsoft and Xerox Corporation in Singapore, New York and NZ. Teresa is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa whakapapa and is passionate about projects that drive intergenerational growth and prosperity for Māori and Pasifika.

Teresa sits on the advisory board for Take2.

Juan De Roock

Senior Manager Engineer and Customer Apps/Head of Engineering and Customer Apps Air New Zealand

Juan has been actively involved in championing the Take2 programme both in his previous role, and now at Air New Zealand.

With over a decade of working in tech, Juan has worked nationally and internationally.  Throughout his work he has become a firm  believer that people are your success.

Pagen Plaizier

People Experience Business Partner at Xero

Pagen has been part of the working group at Xero to ensure that the relationship with Take2 is set up for success from a HR perspective. She also sits on Xero’s Pacifica and Māori Employer Resource Group and is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

Danushaka Abeysuriya

CTO and Founder at Rush Digital

Danu Abeysuriya has nearly two decades of experience as a technical innovator, entrepreneur, and leader in technology. He founded RUSH fourteen years ago and it quickly went from a garage start-up to developing world-first solutions for companies such as the Ministry of Health, Z Energy, ASB and Google to name a few.
As RUSH's CTO and computer vision lead, Danu oversees the technological direction of a company with its sights on making a global impact, with the ultimate purpose of designing technology to better serve humankind. Danu is passionate about social equity, poverty alleviation and education, and along with the team at RUSH has been a big supporter of the Take2 programme.

Kirsti Grant

VP People Experience at Auror

Kirsti has only recently connected with Take2 - contributing to the kōrero with a fresh perspective and insights.
Auror is a platform for retailers focused on preventing crime, reducing loss and making stores safer. The vision at Auror is Helping connect communities to stop crime, for good. Something that resonates strongly with the take2 kaupapa.