A 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, three-week course that prepares 18-22 year olds for the future.

Build skills and real life experience across a range of areas including technology, collaboration, creativity, curiosity, perseverance and ‘getting stuff done’Work on live industry projects, learn to identify opportunities, problem solve, project manage and create solutions. 

And meet some amazing companies who are looking to hire work-ready young people – while tackling some of the big lofty questions of today. After three weeks, instead of heading into your next step with uncertainty, you’ll be excited and inspired to be part of this world of potential.

Our speakers & collaborators

Morgan Bailey, Head of Communications at Rocket Lab
Morgan has worked with Rocket Lab since the unveiling of the Electron orbital launch vehicle program in 2014, and has a deep understanding of the global space launch industry and New Zealand's evolving role within it.
Niko Toluono, Managing Director at 36 PRESENTS
Born in a hut in the small village of Siumu in Samoa, Niko’s entrepreneurial skills started at an early age. His current business uses machine learning for marketing and advertising, but is based on personal values from both his staff and himself.
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.
Kensa Randle, Elite Athlete & Gen Z Futurist
Having left mainstream education systems by the age of 14, Kensa has been crafting her own path to excellence ever since. Her insights intersect high performance sport, technology, culture, business and the expertise of youth.
Murray Streets, Managing Director of Dentsu New Zealand
Murray started his early career as a Latin and Ancient Greek high school teacher, before shifting to advertising. He's committed to a culture that promotes self-awareness, personal purpose, diversity and mental and physical wellbeing.
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.
Tom Numan, Creative Director at Radikal Neon
As Creative Director of Radikal Neon - a sustainable signage shop - Tom has been involved in some of the most creatively challenging projects for a number of the world's biggest brands; Apple, Netflix, Disney & Nike to name a few.  
Pagen Plaizier, People Experience Project Manager at Xero
Pagen spends her days running projects to enable the people at Xero to do the best work of their lives, so each and every one of them can contribute to making business #beautiful.
Alex Hannon, Co-founder of Squawk Squad
Alex is an engineer and innovative visionary, passionate about sustainable science and technology. He co-founded Squawk Squad, a social enterprise dedicated to engaging and connecting New Zealanders in the protection and growth of native bird species.
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. 
James McLeod, Co-Founder of Made4Baby Natural Skincare
The son of a Wairarapa farmer, James dropped out of uni after 6 months, worked for Telecom (aka Spark), and found himself in marketing. He's lived and worked all around the world, and cofounded Made4Baby Natural Skincare, currently selling in 8 countries around the world.  
Fraser Hanson, General Manager of Innocent Packaging and Smartass
Fraser is in charge of the day to day running of this inspiring New Zealand business, where they simplify sustainability by making products out of plant materials, not oil.
Hunter Williams, Filmmaker
Hunter is a young filmmaker from NZ and currently based in LA. His work focuses on issues like human trafficking, rural mental health and dementia and he’s worked with some of the biggest entertainers, sports stars and YouTubers in the world.
Dwayne Rowsell, Studio Box
Dwayne is a perfection seeker and a big dreamer – believing that with passion, persistence and hard work that anything is possible. Dwayne co-founded Studio Box after a professional hockey career playing for the Black Sticks.
Hamish Gordon, Managing Director at Natural Sugars
Hamish is a self-made entrepreneur and now runs a group of three successful companies within the FMCG space. With a strong background in sales, a passion for dealing with people and a love for business, Hamish believes that a good culture and empowering your team is the key to success.
Susanne Axelsson, Brand Engagement Director at YWCA
Susanne is a creative thinker and a big dreamer who decided to make the move to NZ 5 years ago from Sweden. She created a personal branding campaign to promote herself in a creative way. She continues to work in marketing and has also launched a podcast GRLPWR POD.
Ian Hulme, Director Business Design at IBM iX
As a business designer Ian uses strategy, creativity and technology to reimagine how a business is experienced by its employees and customers. Ian's glad he didn't pursue his Mum's dream for him to go to Law school.
Francesca Hazlett, Recruitment Consultant at Graham Consulting
Francesca graduated from Victoria University in Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management in 2017. She is now a Recruitment Consultant at Graham Consulting Recruitment specialising in Accounting and Office Support roles across temporary, contract, and permanent appointments.
Libby Duncan, Recruitment Consultant at Graham Consulting
Libby graduated from the University of Otago in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics. She now works as a Recruitment Consultant at Graham Consulting, specialising in Sales and Marketing, and Legal recruitment in the permanent space.
Caroline Stevens, Head of Scaled Client Success & Acquisition at Uber Eats
Caroline is driven by challenge and is currently empowering teams to build partnerships between restaurants and Uber. She believes in people-first approaches, embracing change, and that it's more important than ever to challenge the status quo.
Sam Ramlu, Co-founder of Method
Sam is a proven thought leader, storyteller and creative technology innovator. She has spent over 20 years finding awe-inspiring ways to bring stories and experiences to life, starting with digital and extending into exhibitions, and augmented and virtual reality. Sam is co-founder of award-winning creative tech studio Method and AR/VR studio M Theory.

Who is HeyFuture! for?

Programme details




Intake underway: July 7th – July 24th (3 weeks)
Check back for future intakes


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


What you'll learn about

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, so you’re truly prepared for what’s out there. The speakers and activities we’ve assembled cover these key topics:

The environment and how these will influence every decision that we make
The effect of combined inspiration, tools and techniques to use collaboration to your advantage 
Creativity & curiosity
Recognising these skills as a superpower 
Problem Solving  
The most sought-after skill required by employers today, how to maximise outcomes

Digital Tools
Experimenting with digital innovations as enablers to grow your portfolio and your skillset
Navigating and understanding different leadership styles, finding yours, embracing it and being proud of it 
Coming up with ideas, having the skills to evaluate them, and getting them ready for market 
Recognising your own potential and values in order to sell yourself confidently

Getting comfortable with failure as a key component of personal development

Linkedin Blog

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

Take a look at our Founder’s insight into the future of education and inspiration for HeyFuture!, it’s amazing….

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

Express your interest

We’ll let you know when we confirm future dates / intakes of the programme