Experieco CEO Andrew McPherson to speak at STEMprenuers speaker series

20 May, 2016
 
The CEO of cloud service provider Andrew McPherson will be the third speaker at this year’s STEMprenuers speaker series.

The CEO of cloud service provider Andrew McPherson will be the third speaker at this year’s STEMprenuers speaker series.

Mr McPherson will be talking to those at the STEM-TEC centre initiative on June 1.

Andrew started his career as an electronics engineer, then joined the fast-paced London financial industry developing financial analysis algorithms. Andrew eventually returned to native New Zealand to become an entrepreneur and is currently CEO at Auckland-based Cloud service provider Experieco.

Andrew's latest project is Industry Connect, an IT-community focused training organisation which supports developers needing help to enter the job market. Andrew's enthusiasm for giving back to the community is inspiring to witness and this will be a fascination talk by someone passionate about their work.

Andrew also founded and runs the Auckland Big Data & Business Intelligence Meetup which has been bringing students and professionals working in the data sciences together since 2013.

Earlier this year Nick Pattison, who heads STEM Rongomai Primary School in Otara, spoke.

It is believed to be a first class of its kind in New Zealand, and is winning a number of funding applications.

The class, which properly kicked off this year, is made up of 8-10years olds.

Early work started on the class last year, and their work hit the headlines when students tested their own homes for mould and found most of them had high levels. 

AUT’s STEM-TEC has recently partnered with the school to train the students on some technology, and hear their entrepreneurial ideas to see if AUT can help.

STEMpreneurs brings influential STEM entrepreneurs and technology leaders to AUT to share their experience starting ventures as STEM graduates, helping students onto the path to becoming successful job creators.

Speakers later this year include Frances Valintine, the founder and chairperson of The Mind Lab, Andrew Patterson from NBR and Dan Khan, a Corporate Innovation & New Venture Development Specialist.

Brody Radford, one of the co-leaders of the STEMprenuers programme says it is a great line up for the second-year of the event.

“We’re excited for the second year of STEMpreneurs. Last year’s events were enthusiastically attended by up to 100 staff and students across engineering, business, computer science and mathematics, accounting and design. The speakers were excellent role models showing how STEM graduates can become influential innovators and job creators and we’re excited about starting this year’s series.”

Last year, some speakers attracted as many as 80 people. They included the likes of Mark Mackay, Josh Daniell, Dr Jonathan Currie, Mark Thomas and Alan Brannigan.

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