The Role of Tech in Growing Great Adults - Let's Flip the Conversation!

Tue 22 May 5:30 — 7:30pm

Rutherford House - Lecture Theatre 2, Victoria University, 33 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington

“The role of tech in growing great adults” FREE Panel Discussion.
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How does technology and our attitudes towards it help or hinder our teenagers? How can we as parents, educators and IT industry professionals help promote the positives of new and emerging technologies, whether it be in their pockets, in their classrooms or in their future career direction?

There are concerns that tech is not always good for the world or for us as individuals. In particular, there has been plenty of discussion about side effects, such as cyber bullying and lack of concentration. Let’s flip the conversation on the head here and focus on the positive. What can we do as adults, educators, students and parents to understand the digitally-native world our children inhabit? When we seek to understand, encourage and support their journey into adulthood we must also embrace the influence that technology has in their lives, now and in the future. And, more importantly, when we accentuate the positive then we will also be able to identify, promote and embrace technology that is good for our world and our future too.

Come and join us for a lively panel discussion, followed by light refreshments. Inspired by IWiL @ Datacom (Inspiring Women in Leadership)

Our MC for the event is Roni Saul - Roni is a Strategic Interventionist/Relationship Educator.  Her expertise covers such topics as attachment, addiction, trauma, emotional intelligence and raising emotionally healthy children in today's stressful society.  She has multiple projects such as her company "Tissue for Your Issue" and she recently introduced to NZ “sidewalk talk”  a community connection/resilience project. Amongst public speaking events Roni is also a stand up comedian and mother of three children. 

Panel members include:




  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Family friendly
  • Storytelling
  • Youth
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Dr Rowena Brown is the Lead for People Capability & Leadership at Fire and Emergency NZ. Her organisational psychology research investigated stress related effects of email communication. She's received international media attention and is published in the International Journal of Stress Management.
Gregor is the newly appointed Principal of Wellington College (and was previously the Principal of Paraparaumu College). He's committed to the use of digital technology as a tool for personalising learning. He also uses social media, especially twitter, to develop and grow educational communities.
Kassidy Callaghan is a Year10 student at Wellington Girls College and Regional Area Rep for GirlGuiding NZ. Kassidy is an active user of social media and digital learning. She believes that teenagers and technology are viewed with a lot of misplaced negativity and she wants to help clear that up.
Roni Saul is a Strategic Interventionist and Relationship Educator. Her area of expertise covers attachment, trauma, emotional intelligence, addiction and raising emotionally healthy children in today's stress society. Alongside her many projects, Roni is also a stand up comedian and Mum of three.
Otto is a 17 year old in Year 12 at Wellington High School. He has dyslexia and dysgraphia, and has formed a strong relationship with tech; using an array of assistive tools. When first diagnosed, it was suggested he'd have a career in film and 10 years on, complex animation is indeed his passion.
Raechel has over 30yrs experience in heath, social services and youth development. She's currently CEO of Kapiti Youth Support as well as a Director the software solution, TOMM®. She's seen, first hand, the benefits and challenges associated with technology in social, health and education services.
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