ASB is pleased to announce its principal sponsorship of Bright Sparks, an annual tech-education initiative renowned for fostering innovation and professional development in Kiwi kids.
Administered by The Skills Organisation, Bright Sparks started in 2000 and is the country’s premier technology showcase for young New Zealanders. Through promoting active discussion and providing a platform for students to show the world their ideas, the initiative is proud of the role it plays in nurturing future Kiwi innovators.
Now known as ASB Bright Sparks, the showcase boasts a track record of success, with past winners taking up positions at the likes of Google and Microsoft.
Chief Executive of The Skills Organisation Garry Fissenden is delighted Bright Sparks now has support from ASB, and looks forward to seeing the already popular competition continue to grow.
“It’s great to see a company such as ASB investing in innovation and technology. Technology is changing rapidly and it’s encouraging to see companies embrace and understand its role in our lives, allowing us to create newer and more advanced tools,” Mr Fissenden says.
“Over the last 16 years, we’ve seen more than 2,000 kiwi kids participate in Bright Sparks. And, for many involved it’s a highlight of their year. We look forward to making the competition bigger and better thanks to the backing of ASB,” Mr Fissenden says.
ASB has a strong focus on innovative technology and education (financial literacy initiative ASB GetWise has reached more than 55% of New Zealand primary schools) and sees a natural fit with Bright Sparks.
ASB Executive General Manager Technology and Innovation Russell Jones is delighted with the new partnership, saying it’s a step in the right direction to help foster education in tech enthusiasts.
“The Skills Organisation and ASB share a focus on youth and innovation, and this is a natural partnership that, I believe, will help boost the Bright Spark’s capabilities in discovering New Zealand’s young tech talent,” Mr Jones says.
“For 2016 we’re excited to expand the entry categories, and with males comprising 95% of current entrants, there is a real focus for both organisations to encourage significantly increased female participation this year,” Mr Jones says.
Open to students aged 12 – 17 years across the country, secondary schools nationwide were provided with information packs early May.
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