Potaua Biasiny-Tule, Founder
Digital Natives Academy
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Why did you create this innovation?
DNA’s vision is to inspire the next generation of digital leaders. DNA does this through our key pou; design, animation, content creation, esports and wellbeing. Our foundation is based on a Te Ao Māori worldview and we provide Māori relevant programme delivery with programmes open to all those who wish to join, regardless of ethnicity. 95% of those we work with are Māori.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Over the years, DNA has become more than a platform for skill acquisition and career pathways, it's become a sanctuary from an often cold, uncaring world where the outliers of society can find whānau, friendship and most importantly a sense of belonging.
DNA has developed a series of courses in animation, game design, esports and wellbeing (with a focus on skill acquisition, team oriented thinking, sportsmanship and high performance mindsets).
DNA takes a strengths based approach, by aiming to help young people unlock their potential by encouraging them to explore digital tech, build skill and capacity and begin to understand the future of work and encourage them to dream.
DNA now works with schools and digital hubs by helping to set them up and working with these communities to develop their own capacity to teach and upskill locals in the area of digital technology.
How has it been spreading?
DNA has worked with over 25 schools and connected with over 15,000 young people since we launched in 2014. DNA's tutors teach students across Aotearoa New Zealand as far away as Whangarei in the upper North Island and also work with tribal communities in the Eastern Bay of Plenty including, Opotiki and Murupara.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Get in touch we've helped dozens of hubs setup, launch and begin training their communities.