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Our 2017 programme

The 2017 IYM programme ran from 9-14 July. Students stayed at the Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt and travelled each day to a variety of technology businesses, Crown Research Institutes and Tertiary Education Providers in the Wellington region.

Participants experienced a range of technologies through hands-on activities and witnessed innovation they never thought possible.

They heard stories of inspiration from other women who have built careers and businesses working in the technology and innovation sector. They mixed with a wide range of women from a cross-section of business sectors who think outside the square, who apply their creativity to innovate and who are passionate about science and technology.

The 2017 programme for the week was:


Afternoon - Check-in at Silverstream Retreat Orientation and facilitated fun


Morning - WelTec (CBD and Petone) Creative and Engineering Tech and ICT School Afternoon - Aviat Networks, Metco & Resene Evening panel - ANZ Tech team & WelTec tutors


Morning - The Learning Connexion Creativity, painting and pewter casting Afternoon - Pertronic Industries, Metco & Resene Evening - Bowling


Morning - Victoria University of Wellington Chemistry, physics and electron microscopes Afternoon - Callaghan Innovation Measurement standards & Glycosyn GMP plant Evening speaker - Kate McGrath Evening entertainment - Movie


Morning - Massey University Express Design thinking workshop Afternoon speaker - Amanda Santos Afternoon/Evening - Parliament tour & reception Evening - Pizza out


Morning - GNS Science Honey, engineering, fossils, ice cream & forensics  Afternoon - Build project Late afternoon - Pick-up


The cost to students was $100. The balance of the cost of $450 was sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the region.

Applications for 2017 have closed.

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