A 2-week programme to establish work-ready skills and real-life job opportunities for 18-22 year olds who haven’t found their place in the world… yet.

What's it all about?

HeyFuture! is a hands on, two-week course that prepares 18-22 year olds for the future.

A range of speakers, workshops and a real-life industry project will build skills, confidence and real-life experience across a range of areas including problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, curiosity, perseverance and ‘getting stuff done’.  

Participants will get the opportunity to meet people from amazing NZ and international companies who are looking to hire work-ready young people – while tackling some of the big lofty questions of today. After two weeks, you’ll be set with a bunch of new skills, connections and a clear idea about what to do next.

What you'll walk away with

The programme is designed to help you find your personal purpose in order to navigate your next steps, and gain practical skills to kickstart that journey. We consider the impact of technological change, climate change, globalisation, and how this shapes the future of work, to prepare you for what’s out there. The speakers and activities we’ve assembled cover these key topics:

An understanding of how to take environmental impacts into consideration in a range of scenarios.
Real-life experience of the combined benefit of diversity of thought, inspiration, tools and techniques to solve a business challenge.
Creativity & curiosity
The recognition that these skills are a superpower, and everyone can have them.

Developing the most sought-after skill required by employers today, tick!
Digital impact
Experience with digital innovations to grow your portfolio and skillset.
An understanding of different leadership styles – finding yours, embracing it and being proud of it.

Experience the process of coming up with ideas, having the skills to evaluate them, and preparing them for market.
Recognition of your own potential and values in order to pitch and present confidently.

Who you'll hear from (more to be announced)

Frances Valintine, founder of The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab
Frances Valintine CNZM is a thought-leader in emerging and disruptive technologies and has 20 years’ experience across business, technology and education.
Rich Rowley, Innovation Advisor at Tech Futures Lab
With a background in law and education, Rich has become our resident champion of change and neurodiversity, specialising in challenging and disrupting the status quo.
Te Mihinga Komene, Pou Ārahi at The Mind Lab
Te Mihinga is passionate and committed to the revitalisation of reo Māori in education. She specialises in language, grammar and vocabulary, and using digital tools to enhance and support te reo Māori learning and teaching.
Taurean Butler, Innovation Advisor at Tech Futures Lab
Research orientated, and hailing from New York, he has worked as a designer and product manager to develop products grounded in understanding and empathising with humans. He’s curious, yet methodical and statistically minded. 

Programme details


$937.50 $1,250 (inc GST)

Earlybird 25% off discount for enrolments for the December intake completed before November 4th, and enrolments for the February 2021 intake completed before January 12th.

Scholarships available.


December 2020 programme:

  • Wednesday 2nd December to Wednesday 16th December 2020
  • 11 days total (weekends excluded)
  • 9.30am – 4pm

February 2021 programme:

  • Wednesday 10th February to Wednesday 24th February 2021
  • 11 days total (weekends excluded)
  • 9.30am – 4pm


The Mind Lab, 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland


Meet your programme lead, Coco Kim-Corey

Coco has been working with The Mind Lab since it first started in 2013. She has held various roles including EdTech Educator, Postgraduate Marker, Next Gen Lead and now, her favourite role – Programme Lead for HeyFuture!

Coco loves introducing people to new ways of thinking, learning and doing things. Her background is in Design, 3D Modelling and Animation and she holds a Masters in Design, which focused on design thinking in education.

As a life-long learner herself she is always encouraging curiosity, perseverance, creative thinking and problem solving.


Coco has a relaxed, supportive and patient style, which makes her the ideal person to guide 18-22 year olds through this journey of learning.

Sometimes it’s not about opening the doors, it’s about knowing which doors to knock on. Get confident, get connected, and get comfortable with failure, with HeyFuture!

Linkedin Blog

Frances Valintine: Reimagining Higher Education to prepare students for their future

Our founder, Frances Valintine, shares where the inspiration for HeyFuture! came from, and why it’s vital for the future of our 18-22 year olds.

Read ‘Reimagining Higher Education to prepare students for their future’

Register your interest

If you’re not quite ready to apply and have more questions, fill in the form below and one of our team will be in touch.