From February through April, SIGNAL hosts 'SHIFT Friday's', a series of engaging and informative sessions with local tech industry professionals for our SHIFT cohorts. Students gain insights into a particular company or area of expertise, learn about different work cultures and the varied roles available in the tech sector.
Getting personal and professional insights from local tech experts here in Dunedin, while also being able to ask them questions about the New Zealand tech sector is truly a priceless experience for our students. Having the opportunity to meet and engage directly with industry also helps to foster connections and networking, and can lead to positive employment outcomes.
Some of our guest speakers and workshops have included:
- Paul Hanson, 1000Minds: Being An IT Entrepreneur
- Ian Simpson, The Logic Studio Ltd
- Dr David Band, Abacus Bio Ltd: Effective Presenting
- Phil Baskerville, Ministry of Health NZ: System Analysis/Business Analysis
- Kylie Robinson, Igtimi Ltd: Being a Software Engineer
- Dr Claudia Ott, University of Otago: Design Thinking
- George Sealy: BlueJeans Network
- Ken & Emily L., Animation Research Ltd: Tech experiences at ARL
Without the involvement of our industry partners we couldn't deliver the programme we do, nor give our students the experiences they receive. Whether you are a guest speaker, a project client or internship host, we truly value your support.