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.

Our speakers & collaborators (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. 

Who is HeyFuture! for?

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

An understanding of the environment and how to take environmental impacts into consideration in everything we do
Real life experience of the combined benefit of inspiration, tools and techniques in a real workplace scenario
Creativity & Curiosity
The recognition that these skills are a superpower 
Problem Solving  
Proof that you have developed the most sought-after skill required by employers today, tick!

Digital Impact
Experience with digital innovations to grow your portfolio and your skillset
An understanding of different leadership styles – finding yours, embracing it and being proud of it 
Experience in the process of coming up with ideas, having the skills to evaluate them, and prepping them for market 
Recognition of your own potential and values in order to pitch and present confidently

Programme details


$2,065 (including GST)

Scholarships available.


We’ve got intakes coming up in December 2020 and February 2021, please register your interest below and you’ll be first to know when the applications are open.


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


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

You’ll be the first to know when applications are open for the December and February intakes of the programme.