TechEd 2014: Meet -- and mentor -- future IT leaders

Nearly 400 delegates to this year's TechEd have signed up to mentor 14 to15 year old students from across New Zealand, and encourage them to work in information technology.

Paul Muckleston, MicrosoftMicrosoft New Zealand managing director, said he is confident they can meet the target of at least 500 mentors before the conference ends today. Alles zu Microsoft auf

TechEd is Microsoft's annual four day conference for developers and IT professionals. This year, Microsoft called on the more than 2500 delegates to pass their tech skills on to the next generation of New Zealanders.

Microsoft had invited the High Tech Youth Network (HTYN), which provides digital technology training for students, to set up a 'Tech Shed' booth at the conference. Tech Shed is a mentoring program that connects HTYN members aged eight to 25 with technology companies and business networks.

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Early this year, Microsoft provided a $1 million grant to support the group's High Tech Youth Studios in West Auckland, Manukau City, Hamilton, Tauranga, Moerewa (Northland) and Whakatane.

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