Education in tech – Alliv Samson | The future of education lies in having the right technology in the classroom
Technology is shaping the future of education not only for the students but also for the teachers, ” It is crucial for students to learn how to become good digital citizens” says Alliv Samson, COO of educational app Kami. We caught up with the Women of Influence finalist to find out how she founded Kami, the importance of tech in education and her experience being a young woman in the industry.
You’re the COO of Kami, can you tell us about Kami and how did the idea arise?
Hengjie Wang, Jordan Thomas and I, co-founded the company in 2013 while we were still at university. It was called Notable back then, and we created it to solve our own personal problem. We wanted to have a better note taking experience during lectures to improve collaboration to have a real-time note taking app working alongside the presentation slide. Initial growth was slow, so we honed in on the education sector, reworked the product and changed the name to Kami (meaning paper in Japanese).
How does it feel to be named a women of influence finalist?
I grew up in a society with a lack of resources, where women aren’t encouraged to do great things, or even having a career is mostly frowned upon. So, when my family moved here a few years ago, New Zealand became a great place for me to discover what I can do and has contributed to my achievements so far. Being recognised as a finalist alongside amazing women doing exceptional things makes my heart full and hopefully I can encourage other young immigrants and young women to do great things in this country. I also want young women to know that they can achieve their goals and be as successful as they want to be.
How important do you feel tech is in education?
The future of education lies in having the right technology in the classroom. It is not about implementing the latest trends but it is about helping the teacher with their workload and encouraging the students to learn with the help of technology.
You help and support women who are eager to enter the industry, what are your words of advice to them?
The technology industry is a great space to be in. It can be intimidating at first, but be confident and surround yourself with people that inspire you and who will help you achieve your goals.
Do you think schools need to take more responsibility and invest in more tech to encourage the younger generation to enter the industry?
I believe that schools should invest in and properly implement technology in the classroom. Both students and teachers need to be familiar with and be knowledgeable about technology to prepare them for the future. It is also crucial for students to learn how to become good digital citizens, which I think a lot of schools have yet to include in their curriculum.
What’s your experience as a woman in tech?
So far being a woman in tech here in New Zealand has been great. The opportunities are here and the support is growing fast. I think it’s an exciting time to be part of New Zealand technology scene and I’m looking forward to what the next couple of years have in store.
Check out our Women in Tech blog with Alexia Hilbertidou, Director of GirlBoss New Zealand, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to empower women in leadership, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.