Do YOU know the person who can take Summer of Tech into the future?  Following on from our announcement of a partnership with NZCS, we’re looking for a super-awesome individual to come on board and drive NZ’s premier ICT internship programme!

Are you (or is someone you know…)  looking for a role utilising your existing mix of skills: a super-organised and motivated person with solid knowledge of the ICT sector and a background or interest in engaging with emerging and other professionals, young and not-so-young?

The role includes running Summer of Tech in Wellington, scoping the national roll-out, and incorporating NZCS’s wider engagement platform with students/tertiaries/internships/mentors… all good stuff!

More details on NZCS’s website, here
Full job description is available here


Great article on TechCrunch for students AND employers, here

Interns and job-seekers

Take note: smart employers will be hiring on Attitude (and Aptitude)!  If you’re seeking a role in a startup or innovative company, know that punching above your weight, constantly seeking to learn & develop, and being a good fit with company culture are all EXTREMELY important!

“Eff experience. I want to know whether you can deliver. If you can, you’re golden. You’ll go a long way. If you can’t – you’re toast. Are you up for it?”

Startups (and other smart employers)

Are you constantly investing in your talent pipeline?

“Get out there and find them. Ask others for intros to their talented friends. Meet talented people and sell them the vision. Get them exited about what you’re doing. Be relentless.”

We meet a lot of smart employers who know that attitude, aptitude and potential are essential for growing an awesome team. 

Highly recommend the whole article, here.  May not be completely tranlsatable to the NZ market, but some excellent themes in there for the Summer of Tech community.


On 14 January 2011, Paul Soong (founder of socially responsible design agency The Church, and mover & shaker behind Semi-Permanent) talked about authenticity in a socially networked, transformational world can come to define who you work for, how far you can go and if you actually enjoy the journey.

Here’s the video of his talk:

Your Authentic Brand with Paul Soong from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


This is a guest post by Koshy John, who was an intern during Summer of Code 09 and Summer of Tech 2010:

If you are an employer in Wellington, and have never heard of the Summer of Tech or think that university students are unlikely to contribute substantially to your business, you are about to be let in on a big ‘open’ secret that 40 other Wellington companies would prefer you didn’t know.

A little bit about me first: I am a M.E. student at VUW 6 months away from completing my thesis. A multibillion dollar IT company had offered me a permanent position a whole year before I completed my undergraduate degree (I opted to do my Masters). I maintain my own software in my spare time and they have been downloaded over 680,000 times so far. I am currently the primary Microsoft Student Partner at Victoria, and I also lead a Microsoft Imagine Cup ’11 NZ Top 20 finalist team, BookSpark.org, mentored by Microsoft and Intergen employees. More about me.

In 2009, I was hired by Optimal Workshop through the SoT to work on their usability tools. I helped redesign their database and came up with a viable migration scheme, aside from improving application security and troubleshooting hard to reproduce errors.

In 2010, I was hired by Kiwibank and became the first developer there to target the new Windows Phone 7 platform in the form of a geolocation application to help customers find the nearest Kiwibank locations. You can watch a video of it in action here:

Kiwibank Finder (Windows Phone 7)

Both companies were very happy with my performance and I would have continued on at either place if not for my pressing academic commitments. More about my career.

If you participated in Summer of Tech in 2009 or ’10, you’d have had a pretty good shot at hiring me and/or many other candidates like me. It would have cost you a trivial sum of money, given you access to the most driven tertiary students in Wellington today, created substantial value for your company and left you with a big smile on your face. Like several of the companies that participated, you may have even gone on to hire your intern(s) full time afterwards.

If you think hiring students would cost you a lot in way of training, your fears are misplaced – SoT students are highly self-motivated (that should be apparent from the fact that they give up their summer vacations to get ahead in their career).  They soak up new information quickly and on their own when merely pointed in the right direction. They also receive preparatory training from industry experts during the year before they actually turn up at your door.

The Summer of Tech programme has given students like me so much and created so much value for employers in Wellington that it would be a shame if more in the community didn’t realize its value earlier.

If you aren’t convinced that you need to participate in the Summer of Tech, please remember that even the brightest stars in your organization had to start somewhere – it makes a lot of sense to catch them young so that you don’t have to pay the price later.

[I’d like to acknowledge John Clegg and Ruth McDavitt (from SoT), Andrew Mayfield and Sam Ng (from Optimal Workshop), and, Tony Kennedy and Justin Crawshay (from Kiwibank) for the wonderful opportunities that I got over the summers of ’09 and ‘10.


On Friday 17 December, Nat Torkington talked about how to get a job, how to keep a job, when to get the next job, what a career path looks like, and what your choices are. And who said you *have* to grow up anyway?

WARNING: this is the uncut and unbleeped version.  Nat’s speaking style is direct and sweary.  We like it that way, but if you have sensitive ears… consider yourself warned!

No matter what stage of your IT professional development you’re at, for some straight talking insight & advice on career paths, watch this:

What do you want to do when you grow up? with Nat Torkington from SummerOfTech on Vimeo.


Hope to see you at our Xero Summer Seminar on Friday 4th February! Please RSVP over here!

YOU are invited, yes, that means YOU! SoT2010 Interns, Mentors, Colleagues, members of the UP and wider Wellington Tech community!

We’d love to see you at our summer seminars, supporting & developing & connecting the top talent of Wellington and the top employers of Wellington. Here’s the details for our 4 February #xsss:

Intern Lightning Talks
So what did YOU do this summer?
This week we’ll hear quickfire presentations from a bunch of our Summer of Tech 2010 interns about what they’ve been up to during their internships.  While their contemporaries & classmates were at the beach, 70 highly skilled & passionate young professionals have been honing their skills working for some of Wellington’s most innovative companies.  Some of them have stepped up for “show & tell”, to talk about their projects, products & services they’ve been contributing to, and what’s next for their careers!

The lineup:

Janella‘s been coding up a storm at Xero, working as part of the world-class development team that keeps the accounting engine of the internet humming.

Nick and Amanda have been hanging out at Southgate Labs this summer.  They’ll talk about their award-winning Mix & Mash project.

Liam‘s been working at Run the Red, brewing up technology, creativity and big ideas in mobile marketing.

Mridul has been part of fast-growing startup MyInfoSafe, a personal information management service on a fast-track to global markets with the help of CreativeHQ.

Koshy and Jonathan spent their summer at Kiwibank.  It’s been a HUGE summer for these guys, in between helping host the summer seminars, they’ve been part of a team who are finalists in the Imagine Cup.  Oh, and working hard as interns on the Kiwibank IT team, too!

Cameron‘s been working with Abletech, and his intern project has contributed the Streets Alive website (which went live on 31 January).

 
When… 12.15-1.30pm, Friday 4 February 2011
Where…
Kiwibank, level 6, Radio NZ House, 155 The Terrace (here’s a map)
Rsvp…
is essential!! please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform.
What…
are you waiting for? inspiring & informative speakers! lunch! awesome networking with the Wellington IT community!

HUGE thank-yous to Xero for being our fantastic sponsor of the seminar series. And to Kiwibank for being our venue partner.

Thanks for making these events possible.


SO WHAT DO YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

As always, the lunch hour was well invested at last Friday’s Xero Summer Seminar, when Nat Torkington shared his perspective on today’s technology career.

Before honing in on Getting a Job & Keeping a Job, Nat considered what a “Career” looks like these days, in this fast-moving technology world, and what “Choices” are available to tech professionals.


Widely considered to be *the* web event of the year, Webstock brings international experts to Wellington and presents a fantastic opportunity for web professionals to connect with the latest thinking, techniques, trends and personalities in the global web industry.  Attendance at Webstock has been scientifically proven to be beneficial & kick-start many a web career by delivering inspiration, education and connections.

Our interns are seeking a career break. Can you help us to help them attend Webstock in 2011?

The awesome people at Webstock have are doing everything they can to enable Summer of Tech interns to attend in 2011.  We’re asking other fine members of the local business community to help us out too.

Summer of Tech is seeking financial support from the wider Wellington web industry on behalf of poor (hard-working & deserving) students.  We’re raising $ via a Givealittle cause (here’s a link), and will allocate the funds raised to the most deservingest interns at the end of January, to support the cost of attendance of the Conference and/or Workshops at Webstock in 2011.

Summer of Tech 2010 Friends & Sponsors:

Are you ready to invest in the future of Wellington’s web talent? Giving a little to this cause translates into giving a BIG career break to a deserving young person!  If you’re lucky enough to be going to Webstock yourself, if you’re unable to attend in person but want a motivated delegate to attend on your behalf, if you’ve had a great 2010 and are looking to give back to the community, if you’re looking to pay it forward or sprinkle some fairy-dust out there into the universe… We’d love to have you on board!

No amount is too small to make a difference! We reckon Webstock is great value, but even local world-class conferences are beyond the means of those at an early stage in their web career.

Please give a little to this GREAT cause: HERE

If you have questions or would like some more information about sponsoring, please contact us directly

Summer of Tech 2010 Interns

If you want financial assistance to go to Webstock, you will need to make a pitch as to why you deserve it, and email to Summer of Tech before 8pm on 21st January 2011.  Summer of Tech, in discussion with the Sponsors, will allocate the funds based on your pitches.

Some things to think about when preparing your pitch:

  • Your pitch is the opportunity to demonstrate why you deserve to go to Webstock in 2011
  • Why are YOU a good investment?
  • What will you get out of it?
  • What will your sponsors (& Wellington & the wider web industry) get out of it?
  • Be creative ;-)

HOW TO BE A GREAT GAME DEVELOPER

Stu Sharpe, Technical Director at Sidhe Interactive wow-ed us with some demos, gave an update on the games industry in 2010 and set out a step-by-step pathway to becoming a great game developer.  He’s kindly shared his slides, which speak for themselves, really!

Here’s the highlights:


Hope to see you at our Xero Summer Seminar on 14 January! Please RSVP over here!

YOU are invited, yes, that means YOU! SoT2010 Interns, Mentors, Colleagues, members of the UP and wider Wellington Tech community!

We’d love to see you at our summer seminars, supporting & developing & connecting the top talent of Wellington and the top employers of Wellington. Here’s the details for our 14 January #xsss: 

YOUR AUTHENTIC BRAND

Paul Soong will share his thoughts, sprinkle some fairy dust and ask some hard questions about who you are, what you stand for and why you should care.  Authenticity in a socially networked, transformational world can come to define who you work for, how far you can go and if you actually enjoy the journey.

Paul is a thinker, dreamer and doer. After starting his career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, Paul founded The Church, a socially responsible design agency which mentored design graduates into employment. He is also responsible for bringing to New Zealand, what is now our largest design and creative conference, Semi-Permanent.

When … 12.15-1.30pm, Friday 14 January 2011
*** NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE!!!! ***

Where …NZ Post House, 7 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington (here’s a map)
Rsvp …is essential!! please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform.
What …are you waiting for? free lunch! networking! inspiring & informative speaker!

HUGE thank-yous to Xero for being our fantastic sponsor of the seminar series. And to Kiwibank for being our venue partner.

Thanks for making these events possible.


Hope to see you at our Xero Summer Seminar on 17 December! Please RSVP over here!

YOU are invited, yes, that means YOU! SoT2010 Interns, Mentors, Colleagues, members of the UP and wider Wellington Tech community!

We’d love to see you at our summer seminars, supporting & developing & connecting the top talent of Wellington and the top employers of Wellington. Here’s the details on our 3rd #xsss: 

“WHAT’RE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP?”

Veteran observer Nat Torkington will talk about how to get a job, how to keep a job, when to get the next job, what a career path looks like, and what your choices are. And who said you *have* to grow up?

Nat Torkington ran the first web server in New Zealand, cowrote “Perl Cookbook”, and while in the US ran conferences on topics as diverse as bioinformatics, Internet mapping, and open source software. He is advisor to a number of startups. He lives and works north of Auckland, where he builds communities of innovators and helps corporates fail to suck.

When … 12.15-1.30pm, Friday 17 December
Where …Kiwibank, level 6, Radio New Zealand House, 155 The Terrace (here’s a map)
Rsvp …is essential!! please do this over here on the groovy lil’ regie platform.
What …are you waiting for? free lunch! networking! inspiring & informative speaker!

HUGE thank-yous to Xero for being our fantastic sponsor of the seminar series. And to Kiwibank for being our venue partner.

Thanks for making these events possible.