Web hackers workshop creates winning design

Competition creates virtual youth hub, a ‘go-to’ forum for Tairawhiti youth.

Competition creates virtual youth hub, a ‘go-to’ forum for Tairawhiti youth.

WEB HACKERS WORKSHOP: The intensive six-hour workshop was attended by (front) Nitha Vashti, Dorina Nittbaur and Alexa Nolke. In the middle are Rose Mundie, Anaysha Scandlyn O’Connor, Shari Kimberley, Damon Akuhata-Brown and Activate Tairawhiti’s Kim Holland. In the back row are Ryan Reed, Wharihi Tawhiwhirangu, and organisers Pete Jarrett and Rob Coe-Tipene. Missing from the photo is the project manager of the winning team Kezia Evans. Picture by Kiwa Social Media

MEET the digital gurus of the future — a group of 10 young people with an interest in IT, digital and social media who participated in a competition for the best design for a new refreshed Tairawhiti Youth website.

The group came together last week when Activate Tairawhiti and Kiwa Social Media hosted the Web Hackers Workshop.

It was an intensive six-hour workshop during which they had to design and create a website featuring captivating content including video, photography and graphics.

They then had to pitch their website to a judging panel. Finally it went to a public vote on Facebook.

Rob Coe-Tipene of Kiwa Social Media said the Web Hackers Workshop was designed to put youth in a real-life situation.

“They had to work to a client brief under tight deadlines. They all performed amazingly well, and learned the fundamentals of web development, working to a client brief, pitching to a client, digital marketing and the importance of social media and content.”

The winning team has been chosen and includes Nitha Vashti, Anaysha Scandlyn O’Connor, Shari Kimberley, Damon Akuhata-Brown and Kezia Evans.

The competition was about creating a virtual youth hub with the content developed by young people, for young people.

It will provide a ‘go-to’ forum for Tairawhiti youth.

All participants in the workshop will receive internships at Kiwa Social Media funded through Tairawhiti Youth Employment Strategy and The Todd Foundation.

The internships will allow youth to develop web and social media content for the new Tairawhiti Youth Website, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram accounts.

“It is also about providing career opportunities and real work experience in digital and social media,” says Activate Tairawhiti’s Kim Holland.

The winning website will be the HQ for all things youth, including jobs, education, success stories, competitions, fresh content and more.

The internships will provide an opportunity to develop their skills in a professional environment, learning social media management, content creation and digital marketing, while working with a range of businesses.

For the next stage, the interns will work with Kiwa Social Media to fully develop the content of the website using the winning design as a template.

Members of Gisborne District Youth Council and Youth Employment Advisory Group will also give input, ensuring the final website achieves its potential as an engaging youth hub.

MEET the digital gurus of the future — a group of 10 young people with an interest in IT, digital and social media who participated in a competition for the best design for a new refreshed Tairawhiti Youth website.

The group came together last week when Activate Tairawhiti and Kiwa Social Media hosted the Web Hackers Workshop.

It was an intensive six-hour workshop during which they had to design and create a website featuring captivating content including video, photography and graphics.

They then had to pitch their website to a judging panel. Finally it went to a public vote on Facebook.

Rob Coe-Tipene of Kiwa Social Media said the Web Hackers Workshop was designed to put youth in a real-life situation.

“They had to work to a client brief under tight deadlines. They all performed amazingly well, and learned the fundamentals of web development, working to a client brief, pitching to a client, digital marketing and the importance of social media and content.”

The winning team has been chosen and includes Nitha Vashti, Anaysha Scandlyn O’Connor, Shari Kimberley, Damon Akuhata-Brown and Kezia Evans.

The competition was about creating a virtual youth hub with the content developed by young people, for young people.

It will provide a ‘go-to’ forum for Tairawhiti youth.

All participants in the workshop will receive internships at Kiwa Social Media funded through Tairawhiti Youth Employment Strategy and The Todd Foundation.

The internships will allow youth to develop web and social media content for the new Tairawhiti Youth Website, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram accounts.

“It is also about providing career opportunities and real work experience in digital and social media,” says Activate Tairawhiti’s Kim Holland.

The winning website will be the HQ for all things youth, including jobs, education, success stories, competitions, fresh content and more.

The internships will provide an opportunity to develop their skills in a professional environment, learning social media management, content creation and digital marketing, while working with a range of businesses.

For the next stage, the interns will work with Kiwa Social Media to fully develop the content of the website using the winning design as a template.

Members of Gisborne District Youth Council and Youth Employment Advisory Group will also give input, ensuring the final website achieves its potential as an engaging youth hub.

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