Want to help make Auckland’s tech industry stronger, more connected, and more diverse in as little as a few hours a year?
Sharing your time and experiences can change someone’s life. Sign up to become a tech volunteer in 2023 to support your tech community, boost your personal and professional development, and inspire and uplift new talent.
Auckland’s tech sector - creating a more equitable industry
Auckland’s tech sector is growing; however, data shows us that it does not provide equal opportunities for all, and you can help change that. The sector needs volunteers from a wide range of roles and backgrounds to help inform, support, and empower the next generation of talent, from welcoming them to the world of tech, to supporting them as they navigate their careers.
Volunteering helps to expand and enhance the talent pool, creating new pathways for people at different stages in their lives, whether they are school students, recent graduates, or those seeking a career change.
As a tech industry insider, you can make a big difference. Consider giving back by volunteering in 2023 – it doesn’t take a lot of time and there are loads of benefits for you as well.
How you can help
Mentoring is still one of the most common ways to foster relationships and longer-term learning, but there are plenty of ways you can help by offering just a few hours or a few days a year. You could also think outside of the box and explore how to create opportunities or implement your own programme in your workplace.
Why it’s important
“Volunteers' contributions are invaluable in helping create a more inclusive and accessible tech industry for all,” says Yekti Crow, Industry Engagement Manager at Summer of Tech. Summer of Tech is a programme that helps students learn about pathways in tech and gain job-ready skills. In 2022, the programme had 207 volunteers across New Zealand, enabling 434 work placements across Aotearoa, including 338 summer internships.
“It is essential that the next generation of tech professionals can see themselves reflected in the industry, and volunteers play a vital role in inspiring them – especially those coming from underrepresented communities such as women, migrants, career switchers, Māori and Pasifika, LGBTQIA+, and people with visible and invisible disabilities,’’ adds Crow.
It’s good for you, too
Do you know that giving back to your community helps improve your own mental wellbeing? Doing good feels good. Volunteering and mentoring are excellent for professional development, too, as you can improve your presenting and relationship building skills, grow your network of industry peers, connect with people with diverse experiences and viewpoints, and create a point of difference for your CV. Ryan Bircham, Software Engineer and an alumni and volunteer at Summer of Tech says:
My favourite thing about volunteering at Summer of Tech is always the hope and recognition you can provide to someone. A lot of budding students don't realise how great they are, so it's great to be able to give them reassurance.
Ready to give back to your tech community in 2023? We’ve compiled an easy list of ways to volunteer – take a look here, sign up, and tell your colleagues!
Summer of Tech is looking for volunteers and mentors for 2023, to help students learn about pathways in tech and job-ready skills. There’s no set time commitment, with different roles ranging from reviewing CVs or holding mock interviews to one-on-one mentorships.
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Share your knowledge and insights by signing up as a mentor and help unlock the potential of our Māori and Pacific people. 3BF mentoring sessions are designed to inform and inspire anyone interested in tech, from high school students and recent tech grads to job seekers. During online sessions, mentors answer questions, share tips for success, and talk about their career journey.
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Sign up as a volunteer with SheSharp and help empower more women to enter and grow in the tech industry. SheSharp inspires young girls to pursue tech careers by connecting them with female role models, engaging them in workshops, and challenging misconceptions about the industry.
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Pasifika in I.T. aims to see Pacific Island communities educated, equipped, and employed across all areas of the information technology industry. Find out how you can get involved, including volunteering for kids' programmes, Pacific youth mentoring, or helping out with events.
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Join the Te Matarau community, a collective that aims to increase Māori representation, participation, and outcomes in the tech sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. Members have the opportunity to connect and share Mātauranga, information, expertise, and learnings – sign up to find out more about joining and becoming a tuakana (mentor).
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This group of New Zealand tech, digital, and ICT focused professionals from leading organisations work together to help inspire girls into technology and support the growth of women in tech roles. Sign up to a TechWomen Mentoring Circle, where mentors and mentees meet to discuss professional aspirations and challenges and make new connections in an informal group environment.
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