By 2020, every kid needs to learn STEAM, but there is only so much money and so much providersVivian Chandra, OMGTech and Voluntari.ly\nBy 2020, 29,000 primary and intermediate teachers across New Zealand are required to teach digital tech or STEAM.\nThere are 2,500 primary and secondary schools in New Zealand. Most are small and in rural areas. Not all of them have the help and resources to teach the new digital technology curriculum.\nSchools today need to teach digital technologies. There are training programmes (for teachers) around the country but to truly excite the tamariki and rangatahi with new material, they need expert voices in the room, connecting them with a real-world context. \nMeanwhile, many large corporations have volunteer programmes. They want to give back to the communities they work in. For a variety of reasons, a lot of these volunteer hours remain unused.\nVivian Chandra, CTO and tech facilitator at OMGTech asks, what if corporates that provide volunteer time offer the opportunities for their staff to teach these digital courses?\n\u201cBy 2020, every kid needs to learn STEAM, but there is only so much money and so much providers,\u201d she tells CIO New Zealand.\nNo caption\nShe points out there are 100,000 corporate volunteer days that are unused each year, and predicts this will grow to 300,000 days in the near future.\n\u201cIf we can get 300,000 days of volunteering out there in schools for all of 2019, that is a lot more kids we can reach for free.\u201d\nShe says this is the idea behind the new education campaign called Voluntari.ly\nVoluntari.ly, launched just over a week ago, is a volunteering platform that will match classroom-ready volunteers with pre-prepared content that will be developed with schools, corporates and content providers.\nNo caption\nBut, she says, \u201cwe need to build a MVP (minimum viable product) to prove our concept.\u201d\nThis is the goal of the a two-day hackathon on December 8 and 9.\nShe explains the first day of the hackfest is a \u2018design day\u2019. This is where UX, accessibility and infrastructure people can imagine how the app could look.\nThis will be followed by a \u2018curated build day\u2019, focusing on the front end of the app, so they can test these with the users.\n\u201cWe want to make it really easy for all schools, corporate and volunteers to work together,\u201d says Chandra. \nNo caption\nChandra says a raft of organisations, including Datacom, Spark, Microsoft, Fusion, the Ministry of Education and Xero, are supporting the event.\nBut they need more corporate partners and volunteers to build the platform and staff the initiative.\nShe believes the resulting product can eventually be used by corporates to link their staff with various volunteer opportunities.\nShe says OMG Tech has been doing this linkage with corporates but using a manual process. This inhibits their capability to scale the programme.\nAt the moment, OMGTech talks mainly with technology companies for the outreach programme.\nThe Voluntari.ly platform can potentially help them reach organisations such as banks and telecommunications providers that have thousands of staff who can use their volunteer hours this way. These organisations will also have facilities across New Zealand.\nNo caption\nWhat, she says, if there is an app and a website through Voluntari.ly where a school can log in and request, for instance, volunteers to teach robotics in three weeks?\nThe programme can help schools outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to have access to these \u2018volunteer helpers\u2019.\nShe says this activity will suit CIOs and their teams. \nThe ICT teams can pool money to buy materials and also invite their techie friends and colleagues to come along and help teach the children.\nNo caption\nChandra has first-hand experience of how these events can have a strong impact on students.\nRecently, she brought technologists from major software companies to a school in South Auckland to teach robotics.\nThe volunteers were elated when the students told them the session was \u201creally cool\u201d and that they wanted to learn more about the topic.\nThis came as no surprise to Chandra, who has been running technology workshops for OMGTech in schools in non-affluent communities.\n\u201cI have been doing this for five years, and I know how much fun it is to go to a school to teach robotics, coding and 3d printing, to share my passion for technology with the kids, especially those that have never thought about technology before,\u201d says Chandra.\n\u201cThese are the kids we are trying to reach.\u201d\nAt the Voluntari.ly launch in Auckland\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up forCIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.