Te Pōkai Ao: Silicon Valley Boot Camp

Are you a tech geek or a haka freak?

In October, a rōpū of Ngāi Tahu taiohi (rangatahi/youth) will go to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA to attend a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) boot-camp.

This incredible opportunity is open to all Ngāi Tahu taiohi in years 9 and 10. We are looking for innovative, creative thinkers and leaders and, most importantly, taiohi with open minds who are willing to learn from new experiences.

At the boot camp the taiohi will take part in design workshops and meet leaders from companies like Google and Facebook.

We want our taiohi to rekindle the creative spirit of Māui by carving out new ways to express our culture and create opportunities for our whānau to prosper in the digital world.

NB: All successful applicants are required to attend the pre- and post-boot camp activities. See the next section.

When is it? And what do you need to do?

Application process

Expressions of interest open – May 2017
Expressions of interest close – 30 June 2017
2017 student cohort confirmed – 8 July 2017

Four week online course – July 2017
First noho marae – 28 – 30 July 2017
Second noho marae – 15 – 17 September 2017
Travel arrangements finalised

Boot Camp

Boot Camp in Silicon Valley, U.S.A – October 8 – 14, Term 3 holidays 2017

Post-Boot Camp

Evaluation – Start Term 4 2016
Presentation to Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
NB:These dates are indicative only. 

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from Ngāi Tahu taiohi who are currently in Year 10 and Year 9 and have an interest in studying computing, science, technology or maths in NCEA Level 1 and 2 next year.

(Please note if you are selected to attend you will need a current NZ passport valid for 6 months after your date of travel – for any enquiries or if you need assistance please contact).

Why should you apply?

This experience will provide an opportunity to build on your science, mathematics and technology skills and broaden your curiosity and creativity in ways you can only imagine.

You will take part in design workshops and engage with industry leaders and mentors including hi-tech entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and Stanford University students. You will be encouraged to capture and share your experience through social media to inspire others.

How to apply

We want to hear from you!
To show your interest, we want you to take part in a two – step process.

  • Fill out the Te Pokai Ao Application form.
  • Create a 30 second video, outlining a problem that you want to solve and why it is important to you. Upload as part of your application:

What happens if the application is successful:

Approved: You will be notified in writing with a confirmation letter and a detailed plan of activities and requirements leading up to the trip. You will need to return the letter to confirm your commitment to participating in the pre- and post-boot camp activities and requirements.

Travel, accommodation and food costs will be covered for the noho marae and the haerenga to San Francisco. This does not include any expenses beyond the programme.

Declined: We expect the expressions of interest to be competitive. As there are limited spaces for the 2017 intake, you will be notified in writing outlining why your application has been declined for this round.