Hi everyone, my name is Harrison Hill and I am a year 13 student currently attending
Dilworth High School in Auckland. Information Technology has been a passion of mine for
as long as I can remember. Words can not describe how I am feeling about travelling to
Silicon Valley in July. The trip as I see it will open my eyes and give me a greater insight
into some of the major corporations which have been involved in creating the world wide
web and the ever growing information highway. The idea of how, why and where has always
intrigued me and so getting a bird's eye view at Silicon Valley is the opportunity of a
Technology plays a major role in my life and along with music is my main interest. This far
my achievements with technology are I am the Head of the Dilworth Tech Team which
entails being in charge of major school events such as Talent Quest (sound lighting) and
making sure parents and families who can?t make it on the night can either see it on a live
stream or the school YouTube channel I created last year. I also hold level 3 & 4 credits in
digital technology courses at a small university in New Market. In year 11 I began these as
the school did not have a course that would advance my learning.
I am so passionate about technology, coding and creating new things I felt like other
people should be able to enjoy it as well without having to leave the school, so myself and
one of the teachers who agreed with me pushed the school to have a class that offers at
least some of those things so that others like myself could begin creating and sharing new
things and ideas. I was so excited to hear that by the end of 2015 the school allowed a
Digital Technology (DTC) class to start this year. I currently help and teach when I can.
My goal would be to make a difference by using technology to help around the world in one
way or another whether it be in gaming, education or home life. I see the world in such
disarray at times and believe that through technology we can bridge the gap and help
those less fortunate. The more we educate our future students the more we can hope and
aim for a brighter and safer world to live in.
The Silicon Valley experience is a once and a lifetime opportunity and I am truly thankful
that I have been chosen to embark upon this amazing journey. I am hoping that this will
help give me more guidance towards choosing the direction in which my career should go.
To quote Steve Jobs "have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow
know what you want to become."