Trip Itinerary 

The program itself runs from June 30 to July 23rd for New Zealand students and from June 28th to July 21st for Canadian Students (all 2019). We will depart form Toronto on June 28th arriving in New Zealand on June 30th. New Zealand students will return home on the 21st arriving back in New Zealand on July 23rd. The trip follows the same format in both city so the examplar itinerary below applies to both Toronto and Auckland. 

A Full Itinerary is Also available. To get a copy please email contact@innovationexchanges.org

 
 
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First two weeks

June 28

Afternoon:

  • (Late Afternoon ~5pm flight time) - Toronto Students meet at airport and travel to New Zealand

 

June 30 (Early Morning ~5am) Students arrive in Auckland

Morning:

  • Arrival in Auckland

  • Students drop stuff at accomodation

  • Breakfast At Accomodation with New Zealand Students ~7am

  • All students use first day to travel and learn more about New Zealand, and the culture of NZ

Afternoon:

  • Students are travelling during day. Students will visit points of interest in and around Auckland, and get to know their teammates from Auckland.

Evening:

  • Canadian Students will be tired so will return early to accomodation (5pm)

  • Early dinner

  • NZ students have free time for the evening, may explore Auckland in Groups of 3 or more

 

July 1 (Happy Canada Day)

Morning:

  • Students gather at event space for introduction into the Grand Challenge

  • Students get crash courses on things like: brainstorming, idea validation and testing, teamwork, task management, finding good data and other skills needed to start a project

Afternoon:

  • Students continue to work on their projects

  • Mentors, and advisors circulate and offer assistance

  • Students share initial progress at end of work period

Evening:

  • Students will have time to work on their project, socialize and chat

  • Team building games, developing relationships

 

July 2

Morning:

  • First Company Tour Day

  • Students visit one company. Talk, share and learn

  • Students talk about using technology to tackle certain company problems

Afternoon:

  • Students visit another company, talk with people, learn

  • Students talk about using technology to tackle certain company problems

Evening:

  • Students meet with entrepreneurs/innovators and have a q & a session

  • Meet, share ideas, learn

 

July 3

Morning:

  • First Mini Challenge Day

  • Pop-up shop challenge

  • Students receive 90 minute workshop that goes over everything they need to know to run a pop-up shop

  • Students receive their inventory

  • Students plan their strategies set up on social media, contact people, etc

Afternoon:

  • Students execute their strategies for the popup shop

  • Students are hustling trying to sell their things

  • Refining strategy throughout day

  • Mentors will visit each group throughout the day

  • If students sell out they can go help other groups

Evening:

  • Challenge ends

  • Students come back with all inventory and cash raised

  • Winning team is announced

  • Prize is given

  • Students talk and reflect about experience

  • What skills were learned?

 

July 4

Morning:

  • Second Mini-Challenge Day

  • Students play the stock market game

  • Simulates making decisions quickly with data

  • Helps improve resiliency and quickness of thinking

Afternoon:

  • De-brief from the Stock Market game

  • What worked what didn’t

  • Students are given a business case they have 2 hours to solve

  • Must make 10 min presentation for a board

  • Students present to board

Evening:

  • Board announces best solutions

  • Talks about how to make big choices quickly

  • Talk about student ideas

  • Q&A

  • Debrief and reflection on day

 

July 5

Morning:

  • Students visit one company. Talk, share and learn

  • Students talk about using technology to tackle certain company problems

Afternoon:

  • Students visit one company. Talk, share and learn

  • Students talk about using technology to tackle certain company problems

 

Evening:

  • Students prepare for community day

  • Students work on presentations and talks, and networking skills

 

July 6

Morning:

  • Students help promote community day

  • Help set-up for community day

  • Crash course on effective networking skills

Afternoon:

  • Community Day

  • Students present, show-offs themselves

  • Students get to network meet people

  • Students help run event

Evening: 

  • Students do reflection from event

  • Students relax for the evening

 

July 7

Morning:

  • Workshops on building good presentation decks

  • Workshops on presentation skills, checking facts and data

  • Students work on their Grand Challenges

Afternoon:

  • Students work on presentations

  • Mentors circulate and offer assistance

  • They should have a good idea of what they’re doing at this point and should start putting together slides

Evening:

  • Students work on their presentations

  • Group sync, discuss ideas, offer suggestions to other groups build on ideas, set goals

 

July 8

Morning:

  • Mini challenge scavenger hunt

  • Students are given a series of clues and must work their way across Auckland to find what they’re looking for

  • Work on communication, problem solving and teamwork skills

Afternoon:

  • Debrief from scavenger hunt

  • Talk about teamwork and collaboration

  • Students get their 3 hour hackathon challenge topic

Evening:

  • Students work on their hackathon and present

  • Discussion of hackathon ideas

  • Debrief of events of the day

 

July 9

Morning:

  • Touring around Auckland and surrounding area

  • Learn more about the History and Culture of New Zealand

  • Learn more about New Zealand as a Country

Afternoon:

  • Students continue touring

  • Later in afternoon students venture to park for a team barbecue dinner

Evening:

  • Students enjoy barbecue dinner

  • Round table discussion on innovation, major world challenges, life etc

  • Students return to Auckland

 

July 10

Morning:

  • Final Day of Preparation for the Grand Challenge

  • Students work on presentations

  • Workshops on presentation skills emphasized

Afternoon:

  • Students practice presentations in their groups

  • Mentors watch presentations offer advice

Evening:

  • Mentors available for practice and advice

  • Students finish their presentation

  • Judging panel released students, look into their judges

 

July 11

Morning:

  • Students present their solution to their judging panel

  • Each group presents for an hour including questions and discussion

  • Students otherwise have free time

Afternoon:

  • Students have lunch at nice restaurant to celebrate their achievements during the course of the trip

  • Students meet with judges, have discussion about solutions, judges share thoughts and opinions

  • Students work on creating a reflective piece about first part of the trip

Evening:

  • Students have a campfire like night share experiences

  • Students perform skits, tell stories, share talents, talk about what they’re looking forward to in Toronto


July 12 (All students fly to Toronto)

Morning:

  • Final Walk around Auckland

  • Last chance to get any souvenirs or see anything

Afternoon:

  • Students arrive at Airport for flight to Toronto

 

 

Note that while this is only the outline for the trip in Auckland, the same structure is followed in Toronto, with the order of some activities being adjusted slightly. The program itself runs from June 30 to July 23rd for New Zealand students and from June 28th to July 21st (all 2019) for Canadian students. If you have question about the proposed itinerary please reach out to us. We will fill in the blanks on our itinerary as details become available.