"We were thrilled to get Cin7's donation out of the blue," says Michael Trengrove, General Manager of Digital Future Aotearoa. "It's a great gesture, and it all goes towards helping kids learn to code, supporting our mission of raising the digital capability of all New Zealanders."
There are 407 code clubs throughout New Zealand, which offer a free service for tamariki to learn to code. Kids meet for an hour a week to work through projects to create games, animations, and webpages. It is supported by a network of volunteer coders, often from corporates like Cin7, who help the children learn and support kaiako . However, people of all backgrounds can also help out, by offering venues, starting clubs, and supervising sessions.
Cin7 is more than happy to be involved, says CEO David Leach.
"Helping kids break down barriers to learning isn't just a good thing to do, it's vital to the success of everyone in New Zealand," says David.
"Getting kids interested in the incredible things you can do with coding is just the first step in a lifetime journey - our founder, Danny Ing, credits his early interest in computers and code with being able to start Cin7 almost as soon as he finished University," David says.
"Helping Code Club is our chance to give back, while also helping develop New Zealand's software industry and create even more globally successful Kiwi companies, powered by incredible new engineering talent."
Digital Future Aotearoa is a charitable trust that delivers high-quality digital technology education across financial, cultural and geographic lines. As well as Code Club, Digital Future runs Code Club 4 Teachers, partnered with the National Digital Readiness Programme, Kiatakatū ā-Mathiko to provide enjoyable, hands-on workshops for teachers; Code Club 4 Corporates, that lets staff volunteer their time in local code clubs, and She Can Code, which aims to make girls, women and non-binary programmers more visible.
Cin7 is a pioneering Kiwi inventory management software-as-a-service (SaaS) company. Founded by former refugee Danny Ing in 2012, Cin7 is now the global leader in the inventory management space, supporting product sellers in 25 countries. The company now has a significant US presence, but it is still headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, with a major move to a brand-new office coming soon.