Join us for a conversation with the organisations behind Aotearoa’s Get into Games initiative!
This event does not require registration.
Fri 20 May 2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
Gaming is one of Aotearoa’s fastest growing creative industries. Hear from Digital Natives Academy and Gamefroot about Get into Games 2022. 2022 builds off the successful Get into Gaming event held in 2021.
Get into Games is a week of online events that connect and inspire Years 7-9 ākonga and their whānau from every background to discover pathways into creative and digital tech in one of Aotearoa’s fastest growing creative industries – video games.
Ecosystem Builder, Digital Natives Academy Co-Founder, NZ Esports Federation Board Member/Women's Subcommittee Chair
Nikolasa has extensive experience working in digital spaces and alongside indigenous communities. She has a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Waikato University where she lectured for 5 years in the School of Māori & Pacific Development. She is founding Director of TangataWhenua.com, one of Aotearoa’s first Māori news portals launched in 2002. Nikolasa is co-founder of Digital Basecamp, Rotorua’s largest coworking space for digital content creators and cofounded Digital Natives Academy Charitable Trust. DNA was founded in 2014 and was one of the first non-profits in NZ to focus on providing access, mentorship and training and pathways into creative and digital tech with a focus on providing kaupapa Māori delivery. DNA has a 2500sqm training facility in the heart of Rotorua with 40 high spec rigs. DNA works closely with local school and offers free programmes to the community along with accredited level 4 programmes through Media Design School.
CEO, Gamefroot; Games Manager, NZ On Air
Dan is the CEO of Gamefroot and Games Manager for NZ On Air. Dan has worked alongside the Ministry of Education, UNESCO, and Te Puni Kōkori to develop engaging Games Based Learning experiences that help kiwi kids get excited about learning and prepared for careers in the games industry.
Education Creative Director, Digital Natives Academy
Marcus designs, creates and provides digital programs to rangatahi and schools in Aotearoa ranging from esports, content creation and game design to digital wellbeing and online safety.
Marcus is also an experienced DJ having worked in the entertainment industry for 20 years. And has experience in event management more recently focused on esports.