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​Pacific Wave – Samoa 2017

News 13 Aug 2017

Prosperous futures and how the region’s communities can achieve them through using technology, is the focus of the first ever Pacific Wave to be staged outside of New Zealand.

On the back of the successful 2016 Pacific Wave – Prosperous Futures through Technology in Auckland, Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) in collaboration with NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and with the support of the Samoan Government and Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event will be staged at Sheraton Aggie Greys Hotel on Friday, September 8.

Held during the same week as the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, the free forum is aiming to attract regional leaders and representatives, as well as entrepreneurs from all around the Pacific.

The ultimate goal of the Pacific Wave is to unleash technology to enable new capabilities, skills, careers, and lifestyles within the Pacific to drive prosperity for the livelihoods and wellbeing of people, and it will focus on areas such as youth entrepreneurship; growing and managing your own business; innovative ideas using technology; and providing an iwi perspective on business, and exploring possibilities to collaborate.

The Pacific Wave is an excellent opportunity to hear from exceptional and knowledgeable key-note speakers, and after inspiring attendees at the Auckland event last year, co-founder and CEO of Crimson Education Jamie Beaton (pictured at the 2016 Pacific Wave) will be a key-note speaker once again.

Jamie co-founded personalised education and mentoring company Crimson Education with Sharndre Kushor in 2013 to help other students break down information barriers so they can seize the best education and career opportunities, irrespective of their location or financial standing.

It is apt for the 22-year-old youthful businessman to speak on the theme Youth Entrepreneurship – capitalising on global connectivity.

With the population of the Pacific so youthful (over 50% are under 25), there is a huge risk of mass unemployment for youth in the region requiring urgent attention.

Technology opens global opportunities that can meet the demands from this youthful population.

Programme Development Manager at PCF Leaupepe Taala Ralph Elika says by holding this year’s Pacific Wave Conference in Samoa, it is hoped opportunities will be generated to explore the future of technology in the region.

“Pacific Cooperation Foundation, in collaboration with our partners, is delighted to bring together businesses, youth and government ministries from the region, as well as business councils, chambers of commerce, and individuals with an interest in the Pacific to discuss ideas and concepts that can be progressed to generate real economic growth opportunities in the Pacific,” Ralph adds.

There is no conference fee for attending the conference, but those wishing to attend do need to register.

Email your name, country of origin, company, and contact details to info@pcf.org.nz or sabrina@pcf.org.nz.

Attendees will also responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Click HERE for the Pacific Wave programme (subject to change).

More about Jamie Beaton

Jamie Beaton, 22, last year graduated from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude with a double-degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics and Applied Math, two years ahead of schedule. He was also one of the youngest in the world to be accepted to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, aged 20. In his final year of high school in Auckland, Jamie applied to the top 25 universities in the world and gained admission to all of them, choosing Harvard. While studying at Harvard, Jamie also joined global hedge fund Tiger Management as an analyst. In 2016 Jamie was awarded 2016 Innovator of the Year by the NZ Innovation Awards. In 2017 he was featured on the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List and is currently a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jamie co-founded personalised education and mentoring company Crimson Education with Sharndre Kushor in 2013 to help other students break down information barriers so that they can seize the best education and career opportunities, irrespective of their location or financial standing. Crimson students receive guidance online across academics, university admissions, leadership and extracurriculars and career pathways from a hand-picked group of high calibre tutors and mentors who are based or have graduated from the world’s top-ranked universities such as Harvard, MIT and Oxford. Over the last two admissions rounds, Crimson has secured 90 offers to Ivy League universities and 26 offers to Oxford and Cambridge. Crimson students around the world have secured over $30M in financial aid and scholarships to study at top-ranked universities.

Visit Crimson Education for more information.