Constant Connection 9% of the world had a smart phone in 2011, now more than 25% are connected to the internet via mobile. Robotics In 2008 the average industrial robot cost $500,000. They currently cost as little as $20,000. Solar Power In 1980, it cost $30/kW for solar power in the US, now it is as low as 4c/kW. Synthetic Meat In 2013 it cost $325,000/kg to create synthetic meat, this has already dropped to $12/kg. Autonomous Cars In 2011 the sensors in an autonomous car cost $350,000, they now cost less than $1,000. Synthetic milk Perfect Day Food add 3D printed DNA sequences to yeast to enable it to produce milk using no animals & 98% less water. In stores in 2018. Genetic Sequencing In 2007 it cost $3 billion to sequence a human genome, it now costs less than $1,000. 3D Printing 3D printers are already being used to print buildings, micro-organisms, machines, body-parts and rockets.

New ‘Digital Future’ manifesto supports inclusion

Last week, twenty of New Zealand’s leading tech organisations, led by NZTech, IT Professionals (ITP) and InternetNZ, released their manifesto of New Zealand’s Digital Future.  The non-partisan manifesto was sent to all members of parliament and to key government officials in multiple agencies. The manifesto suggests twelve goals; three of these goals have a bearing on digital literacy and inclusion and so underpin the value of 20/20’s work: ... Read more

Eight-in-ten principals rating the impact of digital technologies raising student achievement as being moderate (half of all principals) or quite significant (three-in-ten).

Digital technologies have a positive impact on student achievement

Eight-in-ten principals report that Digital Technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the Digital Technologies in Schools survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. Also, over 80% of principals agree or strongly agree that digital technologies, in their school: enable access to quality ... Read more

Digital Technologies in New Zealand Schools 2017 cover

New research on Digital Technology in Schools released

The 2016/7 Digital Technologies in Schools Survey has been released and is available for download here. Printed copies of the report and confidential individual school report cards will sent to all participating schools. Eight-in-ten principals report that digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. ... Read more

Year 5/6 students at Solway School with their new Chromebooks. Photo credit: Year 5/6 Kauri Class

Solway School wins Chromebooks in schools survey draw

Solway School in Masterton has won 10 Acer Chromebooks in a prize draw for schools that completed the 2016/17 Digital Technologies in Schools survey. The school was drawn at random from the 464 schools that completed the survey, managed by the 20/20 Trust. ... Read more

Digital New Zealanders in ‘Building a Digital Nation’ report

A new government report shows the full programme of activity for shaping and driving New Zealand’s digital transformation. The report lists initiatives and Action Plans in four areas: Digital Sector, Digital Businesses, Digital New Zealanders and Digital Government. The Action Plan for ‘Digital New Zealanders’,  includes initiatives especially relevant to digital literacy and digital inclusion of New Zealanders. ... Read more

Anna Phipps, 20/20 Business Services Manager

The 20/20 Trust grows to help address digital equity

Press release – 31 March 2016  The 20/20 Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Phipps as Business Services Manager. Stephen Carr (20/20 Trust’s Executive Director) says “We are very lucky to have Anna join the team. She will play a key role in the evolution of the Trust and will make a significant ... Read more

NZ Charities celebrated at Technology Awards

Last Thursday,  TechSoup New Zealand hosted the inaugural New Zealand Charities Technology Awards, celebrating the best in technology innovation and service excellence in the New Zealand charity sector. Special guest, the Honourable Minister Alfred Ngaro, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, delivered an inspiring opening address, congratulating the finalists on their outstanding technology achievements ... Read more

Maria Green Project Coordinator

20/20 Trust continues to focus on growth and development in Auckland

The 20/20 Trust is increasing its capacity to address the challenges of digital inclusion in Auckland. Sue West, 20/20 Auckland Manager has announced the appointment of Maria Green as Project Coordinator and says “Maria will bring a range of valuable skills and experience to the team.” Maria will help strengthen and contribute to the growth in Auckland as the team responds and adapts to the growing needs of the region. ... Read more

Digital Inclusion map to get rich data, become HEAT map

A new version of the Digital Inclusion map will overlay existing resources information on to colour-coded areas of deprivation, making the map a unique visual analytical tool for planners and practitioners. The original prototype (digitalinclusion.nz) maps New Zealand resources by location, type and programme. The new map adds socio-economic and digital skills/availability data layers, derived from the NZ Census, the Broadband Map, PIAAC, academic and other data sets. We are working with strategic partner InternetNZ on the enhancements, which will be rolled out over time. ... Read more