Lal Cinzah with his proud parents. Photo: Fairfax Media NZ / Nelson Mail.

World Refugee Day: meet Lal Cinzah

Refugee Connect helps 130 refugee families each year. On World Refugee Day 2017, we feature the story of one of the participants. In 2007 teenager Lal and his family were helped with computer, internet and digital skills by the 20/20’s Refugee Connect programme. Lal Cinzah has since graduated with Honours from Canterbury University, the first Civil Engineering graduate from New Zealand’s Chin community. ... Read more

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New Zealand’s Digital Inclusion Challenge: Beyond Computers in Homes

20/20 Trust has outlined its view of the future for digital inclusion in New Zealand and its development and piloting of, and transition to, a new approach in its work for digital inclusion. The new approach retains the core elements of Computers in Homes that have worked well in the past – local community engagement and building digital confidence – and offers greater flexibility in how the needs of specific communities are met. ... Read more

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

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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