Cloud Tech Shark Tank 2022

This is a 2-day in-person hui for ākonga and kaiako of Ōtautahi Christchurch to explore Cloud Tech ideas and solutions, and how they are making an impact on future carriers and education.

During the two days, ākonga will build on knowledge to generate and pitch a Cloud Tech idea to a panel of judges – Shark Tank style.

Kaiako will get to explore PLD opportunities around Cloud Tech for teaching and learning, and be introduced to curriculum aligned (not just Digital Technologies) Cloud Tech resources to support teaching and learning.

Shark Tank 2-Days

Wednesday, 23  – Thursday, 24 November

9:00am – 2:30pm (Both Days)

JIX Vodafone building, 213 Tuam Street, Christchurch, Canterbury

Shark Tank Judging

Friday 25 November

3:30 – 6:30 pm

St Thomas College of Canterbury

Separate registration – please see information below – kaiako not required.

Joining in Cloud Tech Shark Tank

Free Event

This is a FREE event to attend with delicious kai provided to participating teams while at the hui.

School Teams

The Shark Tank is open to teams of four ākonga and one kaiako/support person (release funding for 1 teacher per team) from 10 schools across Canterbury, and is best suited for ākonga in Years 9 and 10. Ākonga must be 13+ by Wed 23rd November.

Teacher Release

Kaiako release will be covered by the Canterbury Regional MoE office.

$700 incl gst to cover the 2 days can be invoiced directly (you will be sent a reminder).

Overview of the day’s

Wednesday, 23 November

Day One: How Cloud Tech has impacted lives.

Hear from people who will share their stories about how Cloud Tech has positively impacted their lives.

Ākonga outcome: Work as a group to develop an idea around a Cloud Tech solution that will benefit our education system.

Kaiako outcome: Engage in PLD around cloud tech resources.

Agenda for the Day

9:00 Meet onsite



Intro to Cloud Tech solutions

Hear from Robbie, Kim, Sakthi, and Anna and how Cloud Tech has impacted their lives.

10:30 Break and walk (please come in comfortable walking shoes)

11:00 Secret fitness location to see cloud tech in action

11:45 Back at the venue – Kendall Flutey with talk about The development, prototype, and real-world application of Cloud Tech in Education.

12:30 Kai, and kōrero – the panel members will join us for kai

Ākonga Track – Walkthrough ideation and the design process to start planning the pitch, prototype, and presentation. 

Kaiako Track – Introduction of AWS Spark Education resources – with the AWS Education to Workforce team. 

2:30 Finish

Thursday, 24 November

Day Two: Developing solutions to positively impact lives

Ākonga Outcome: Developing a product plan and a pitch. Sir Ian Taylor will be joining us to support ākonga to develop their pitches.

Kaiako Outcome: Planning for cloud tech in the classroom across the curriculum

Agenda for the Day

9:00am Meet onsite


Whanaungatanga – Where are we at?

9:30 Paula Wistrand will discuss Privacy considerations around Cloud Tech 

10:00 Sir Ian Taylor shares How AWS Cloud Tech is used in sport and to tell cultural stories. 

10:30 Kai

Ākonga Track

11:00 Sir Ian Taylor: ideas on how to develop a pitch

11:20 Wilj Dekkers: Time to develop a pitch, prototype, and presentation

12:30 Kai, and kōrero

Kaiako Track

11:00 Futuristic foresight in education with Dr Cheryl Doig.

impactED and AWS: What we know now…..Planning for cloud tech in the classroom across the curriculum.

12:30 – Kai offsite – Dux Central

1:00 Refreshing planning to incorporate opportunities for AWS cloud solution in education

2:30 Finish

Friday, 25 November

Day Three: Shark Tank Judging

This is a separate event and is the judging of the pitches ākonga come up with. Teams are required to join the judging component on Friday 25th November from 2:30pm. They do not need to be accompanied by their teacher for this part, but must confirm they can attend before signing up for the 2 day event. Teams do not need to register for this part of the program, but if families or kaiako would like to join please register here.

This event is open to anyone who would like to see some amazing future solutions. Whānau/Family members of those pitching are encouraged to attend. Community members welcome.

The ideas developed will be judged and awarded with a full-day internship from one of the judges.

As well as hearing from rangatahi, participants will also have the opportunity to explore cloud tech, and what opportunities there are across Ōtautahi/Christchurch to engage in. There will be educational institutes offering pathways, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Artificial Intteligence and more.

3:30 Ākonga arrive and practice pitch for the final time

Doors open at 4:00

Welcome – Opening Karakia

4:00-5:00 Interactive exhibition set up with challenges to explore

5:00 – Intro Shark Tank participants and judges

First five pitch ideas (2 minute pitch, 3 minutes for questions)

5:30 Kai supplied

5:50 Second five pitch ideas (2 minute pitch, 3 minutes for questions)

6:20 Judges presentation

6:30 Finish – Closing Karakia

St Thomas’ College of Canterbury

3:30 – 6:30pm

Meet the panel and judges

Sir Ian Taylor – Founder of TaylorMade

Simon Brown – Co CEO Banqer

Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan – Founder and CEO JIX

Kim Ryan – Creative Trust Program Manager

Clark Williams – 4C Centre Curator

Cloud Tech information hui

If you would like to know more about Cloud Tech in Education, but are unable to make it to the Shark Tank, please join us at one of our upcoming information hui. 

Why are these hui free?

This is a free event to support kaiako in the area.

Here at impactED we are activists against boring PLD, plus we know kaiako work hard and deserve the best PLD possible so they can then give the best to their ākonga.

We are passionate about education, and believe in sharing our mahi with as many kaiako and ākonga as possible. To make this happen we collaborate with other amazing PLD facilitators and are granted funding by respective organisations.

The #makeanimpact Pathways: Cloud Tech Shark Tank is in collaboration with AWS and MoE Canterbury.