Hangout with Mind Lab’s Frances Valintine

Ryan Boyd
Hangout with Mind Lab’s Frances Valintine

Frances Valintine is leading a change in the way Kiwi kids are being taught so they are flexible, adaptable and technically skilled for a world that is increasingly digital, global and specialised.

Frances Hangout

Nearly 40,000 children and more than 800 teachers have attended her pioneering facility, The Mind Lab, which has been recognised internationally by the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Apple co-Founder Steve Wozniak for the work it is doing.

Now, you have the chance to talk and quiz Frances about the work she is leading and how it can benefit you, your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Frances will host a Google Hangout on the topic of ‘Tech or Bust: How to prepare your child for their life, not the one you've lived’ on Wednesday 25 November at 11am.

It doesn't matter where you are in the country you can log in for the video chat, free, from your tablet, laptop, desktop or mobile. All you need is a Google account. 

Anyone interested in the Kiwi kids of today being competitive in the world of tomorrow won’t want to miss this opportunity.


Book a spot

There are a limited number of spots available on the Hangout, so if you are keen to be involved, simply email and tells us in 100 words or less why you want to join.

The Hangout will be held on 11am, Wednesday 25 November.

Deadline for applications is midday Monday 23 November. We’ll pick the attendees by 5pm Monday 23 November and let the lucky entrants know by email that night.   

All details on how to attend will be circulated to the attendees before the event.

You can learn more about Frances’ views on how education needs to change on these links:


More about Frances

Frances is an education futurist and chair and founder of The Mind Lab, which she began in 2013 after realising education was on the cusp of a fundamental reshape due to the introduction of new digital technologies across every aspect of our lives.

The Mind Lab is a 21st century digital and creative learning facility for students with a focus on science, technology and discovery. It is now established in four locations, employs over 30 people and has taught over 20,000 students.

In 2014, The Mind Lab by Unitec won Excellence in Social Innovation at the Innovators Awards, Engaging Youth in ICT at the CIO Awards and Best Start-Up in Asia Pacific in the Talent Unleashed Awards (judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak).

The Mind Lab was also named one of New Zealand's top 10 most innovative companies and Frances one of NZ's top 10 most innovative people by Idealog magazine.