In November, six of our students, along with two staff and two parents, had an incredible opportunity to attend the Singularity University Summit in Christchurch.
We learned about Exponential Technologies - the types of things that disrupt our lives - for better and hopefully not for worse. Among the fascinating things we learned about were:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Driverless Cars
- the Future of Work, Crime, Energy, Healthcare and Education.
We are all mind-blown about the realities, and how much this technology is already affecting our lives in ways we hadn't realised.
This is the first time this world-class event has come to New Zealand, and it may not come again for many years.
Although there were a handful of schools at the conference, we had the biggest contingent of students. The students who travelled were:
- Fa'apa'ia Folasa, Adrianne Nordstrand, Luke Orwell and Teagan Pukeroa, who as Year 9 /10 students have been great contributors to our leadership councils in 2016.
- Michael Chopra and Naomi Mackinnon, who have both been blind since birth. They had an unexpected opportunity to speak to the 1500 attendees, and made us proud. https://youtu.be/fAMirsmE2YQ
We were so lucky to have the support of:
- The Mindlab and Unitec, which generously contributed to all of our costs including the mini van to get us around the bumpy streets of Christchurch.
- Frances Valintine, Bill Kermode and Frank Janssen, who as individuals contributed generously towards our costs.
- Kaila Colbin, the event organiser, who provided complimentary tickets.
- Arturo Pelayo, a Singularity U graduate who has been a friend of the school for a number of years.
- The Southern Initiative, which is very supportive of learning experiences like Singularity, which bring context and future focus into learning.
We thoroughly recommend watching the videos of the speaker talks!