Vivian Chandra - election statement

profile photo for election

Ko Te Pane o Mataoho tōku maunga

Ko Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa tōku moana

Nō Malaysia ahau

Ko Tāmaki Makaurau toku rohe

Ko Te Piriti o Māngere tōku wāhi

Ko Vivian Chandra tōku ingoa

Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou katoa

Seeing as this is an election statement for InternetNZ, I thought I would start by trawling through my Internet history.

According to this tweet, I joined Internet NZ on the 13th of July 2012.

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So I had a ball at #nethui and then took the plunge and paid my membership fee and became what they call a “card carrying member” (I still haven’t received my membership card, by the way)

Then the following year I was too cheap to pay the flights to Wellington, but did convince the boss at the time to send a junior colleague to spread the #nethui love. 

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Then I came back in force in 2014, hosting the session (em)Powering Women & The Internet with the amazing @emilology. It resulted in a wee bit of controversy, a stern talking from Michelle A’Court from the stage and this radio interview.

I won’t bore you with much more… you can go ahead and scroll back yourself if you want https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&q=vivster81%20nethui&src=typd

So anyway, a bit more about me. As my pepeha above says, I am from Malaysia originally (born there, came over when I was 8) but I consider Aotearoa my home now. This is where I met my husband and had my two beautiful boys (@dslchandra and @flynnchandra.

While these are all excellent reasons to consider somewhere your home, they are merely the icing on the cake that is Aotearoa for me. Having grown up here, I love everything about this place I call home.

Why should you vote for me?

I have worked in tech for my entire professional career (I’m not going to count the short stints in a butchery or a chocolate factory). I started off as a computer technician in a high school, moved onto being CTO at Amnesty International and most recently, I do my own thing helping non-profits and non-tech startups with their tech stack. I like to think of myself as the human talking to the computers on behalf of the other less-techy humans. I am super passionate about making the world a better place, it is why, I also teach self-defence and work with Ally Skills NZ as a facilitator.

I genuinely believe that this world can be an awesome and fantastic place for everyone, not just the ones privileged enough to be born in the right place at the right time. We collectively have so many resources; it’s the distribution that is the problem.

One of the things I do most of right now is work with OMGTech! which fits so well with the mission of InternetNZ, especially the most recent position paper on digital divides (https://internetnz.nz/digitaldivides). The fact that we have a digital divide in Aotearoa is nonsensical. OMGTech!, for those of you that don’t know, is the brainchild of Vaughan Rowsell (the genius behind Vend) and a few of his friends. They thought the same and wanted to do something about it. OMGTech! first worked to introduce kids to tech, and now, three years later, we have reached thousands of kids (most of them from our highest deprivation areas), and their teachers too!

So, go ahead and google me… figure how I tick… and I’m always available on Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivster81) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivianchandra) if you want to chat more. You can also send an email to me at hello@vivianchandra.com.