Meet Lane, the edtech pioneer, startup veteran, and founder-first VC. As a founder of Speakia, an AI-led conversational cartoons that help kids speak English and Venture Partner of Icehouse Ventures, Lane's expertise in venture capital and startups will captivate you as he shares valuable insights and strategies for success in the dynamic world of startups. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Lane's remarkable achievements and be inspired by his journey in the ever-evolving landscape of edtech and venture capital!
Vicki Young is a chef, food writer and all-round hospitality advocate. Growing up in a market gardening family in the Horowhenua, eating with the seasons and adopting a no-waste-all-taste philosophy to food was instilled from a young age. After ditching law school for pastry school in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Vicki has worked in restaurants across the capital, contributing to Aotearoa New Zealand’s food story as a member of Eat NZ Kaitaki, and recently featured in the hit TV series Sik Fan Lah! Food is a powerful storytelling medium - join us as we hear more about Vicki’s culinary journey
Shaneel Lal is the 2023 Young New Zealander of the Year and the author of the newly released book One of Them. Lal was instrumental in the movement to ban conversion therapy. Lal will share their experience of conversion therapy in Fiji and the movement in New Zealand.
Stella Beckmann is a second-year student from the University of Auckland who studies Information Systems and Marketing. Her positive approach to life is deeply shown through her talk which navigates power of storytelling and the narratives we tell ourselves. Her interest in how perspectives are easily shifted and are drastic to an individual is a conversation which many will be able to relate to.
Bismah Mahmood is a University of Auckland student known greatly for her social media presence which focuses on her journey through different career pathways. Her talk will explore the world of the technology industry and how essential a range of skills are to have in a society that is ever changing.