The Institute was founded by Zoe and Vaughan in 2019 to further their mission to make technology education accessible to all kids across New Zealand.

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Vaughan Fergusson

Vaughan is the founder of high growth NZ tech company Vend & the Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust.
He is the Vice-chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Awards and an adviser at SODA & Ponoko.
His grey hair is a result of being an entrepreneur for 20 years.

As a technologist Vaughan is excited about how to use future technologies to solve problems today. He is often found tinkering in a makerspace making something out of bits of technology, wool, metal and anything he can get his hands on. He is a bit of an inventor.


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Zoe Timbrell

Zoe is the co-founder and General Manager of the Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust.
In a previous life she was the events manager for the EMA and has worked in events for 15 years.
She loves working with schools and educators and is a MoE accredited provider of PLD.

As an educator Zoe is excited about how we teach people to understand the power of technology and the significance of the land and environment around us. She believes technology is worthless without serving a greater purpose and loves to get kids to think about what that could be.