Two free workshops for Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga youth aim to encourage problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking and ways of turning ideas into action. Photo/File

Two free workshops for Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga youth aim to encourage problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking and ways of turning ideas into action.

MiniMashup is a day-long workshop on March 3 for teenagers aged 14 and over, while Mashup is a two-day event on March 24-25 at the Basestation in Tauranga.

Over the two days, teams of four will design a solution to a problem using mashing tech and business.

They will develop a product idea, explore its viability and build a prototype. The challenge culminates to a final pitch to a panel of judges to win cash prizes.

Centre co-founder Pascale Hyboud-Peron said the workshops are designed to give young people the entrepreneurial skills and networking opportunities to turn ideas into solutions.

“Mashups allow young people and their friends to bring together different skills and interests, from business, computer, marketing, writing and design and to work as a team in a safe and fun environment to build something that matters to them,” she said.

Both events are being held by Venture Centre at the Basestation in Tauranga.

Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City have a contract with Venture Centre to implement the Digital Enablement Programme in Tauranga and Western Bay.

The programme aims to help people reach their potential in business, social interaction and economic growth through access to, and utilisation of, digital technology.

To sign up for Minimashup visit, www.businessaxis.nz/minimashup0318
To sign up for Mashup visit, www.businessaxis.nz/mashupbop2018

FACTBOX:

What: MiniMashup
When: March 3
Where: Basestation, Tauranga

What: Mashup
When: March 24-25
Where: Basestation, Tauranga

Source: Bay of Plenty Times

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