Learn more about the amazing sponsors who are supporting the 2018 Innovative Young Minds programme below.

Hutt City Councilevent website logo

Hutt City Council is committed to transforming Lower Hutt into one of New Zealand's leading economic growth centres based on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing (STEMM). Our objective is to provide opportunities for young people – our future innovators and entrepreneurs - to explore a range of career opportunities that will provide an exciting future for them and a prosperous future for our community.

Hutt City Council is proud to be the principal sponsor and delivery partner for the 2018 Innovative Young Minds programme. We believe the programme will help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists through its hands-on real world approach.


Dr Laura Sessions - STEMM Sector Development Manager

Rotary Hutt CityHutt Rotary

Rotary Hutt City have partnered with Hutt City Council to bring you Innovative Young Minds. Rotary Hutt City has a long history in the Hutt Valley of delivering quality programmes and events in our community. We are especially excited about Innovative Young Minds.

IYM will give young women students the opportunity to experience the ever-growing technology sector first hand by immersing them in a range of innovative industries. Our hope is to inspire and engage young women into technology, where currently women are significantly underrepresented.


Sue Avison – Past President, Rotary Hutt City

GNS ScienceGNS logo

GNS Science is proud to be associated with Innovative Young Minds, opening their facilities to young enquiring minds to broaden their knowledge of geological, environmental and forensic science. The science students will be hosted at GNS Science as part of their week-long science immersion event, networking with scientists and undertaking a series of hands on activities to experience new ideas such as honey identification through palynology, earthquake analysis, liquid nitrogen handling, and fabric forensics.
GNS Science has a long track record of working with Hutt Valley schools and regularly hosts budding student scientists to give them a taste of what it is like to work in a science organisation, providing them with laboratory visits and a deeper understanding of Earth Science issues.


Dr Karyne Rogers -  Senior Scientist


Wellington is New Zealand’s creative capital. There’s a real need for skills in IT, Creative Technologies and Engineering Technologies.

WelTec’s programmes which range from certificate through to degree and postgraduate options are developed in partnership with industry to ensure our students learn the skills employers need. Our applied teaching allows you to connect with your career of choice.

Innovative Young Minds is an excellent opportunity for young people to experience different options, pursue interests and advance their technology careers. Inspiring young women by supporting and challenging them to realise their goals is one of the reasons WelTec is a proud sponsor of this initiative.


Graham Carson – Head of Engineering graham.carson@weltec.ac.nz
Gerry McCullough – Head of IT Gerry.McCullough@wandw.ac.nz
Esther Scammell – Acting Head of Creative Technologies Esther.Scammell@weltec.ac.nz

Victoria University of WellingtonVUW

Victoria University of Wellington is proud to be supporting the Innovative Young Minds programme in encouraging more women into STEM careers.

Our mission is to educate and inspire the next generation. To do this we provide an inspiring learning environment—with excellent teaching staff who are passionate about their subjects, state-of-the-art facilities, and courses and programmes that are always at the cutting edge of knowledge.

Our students gain the essential skills needed to become innovators in the evolving job market of the future–developing new technologies, treating diseases, protecting the environment, and addressing the many other problems facing the world.

Student Recruitment and Orientation
course-advice@vuw.ac.nz  or call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867)

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