About Us

About Us

Based in the University of Victoria Faculty of Engineering, HighTechU is an innovative learning community & skills incubator for high-school-aged youth to make connections, build professional skills, and explore diverse education and career pathways related to technology.

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“How much you know means nothing if you can't communicate with those around you.”


Our Story

Started in 2018 as a UVic Department of Computer Science pilot project, HighTechU is a collaborative initiative developed in partnership with local industry, educational institutions and high-school students.

Our Mission

To empower the next generation of innovators on Vancouver Island through real-world, technology-focused experiential learning opportunities.

Our Vision

A diverse and inclusive technology ecosystem which is accessible to all students in British Columbia.

Our Core Values

At the heart of HighTechU are 6 core values that guide the program:

Respect
Honour diversity; Act with integrity

Resilience
Find success in failure; Persevere and overcome

Curiosity
Expand your Perspective

Creativity
Dare to be original

Teamwork
Work collaboratively

Innovation
Embrace and Drive Change

Beyond a core value, Diversity is a cornerstone of HighTechU. Through our learning community, we aim to create a safe and welcoming environment where all persons, regardless of race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status, can discover and explore the world of technology and their role leading future innovation.

Our Supporters

HighTechU is truly a community-led non-profit initiative, and would not be possible without the amazing contributions of our Community, Education, and Industry supporters.


Our Team


Ana Hobden
Ana Hobden
TIKV Engineer | PingCap
Bonnie Alexander
Bonnie Alexander
District Careers Coordinator | Greater Victoria School District
Brock Simmonds
Brock Simmonds
Information Technology Leader | Saanich School District
Dawn Anderson
Dawn Anderson
Jacqueline Weston
Jacqueline Weston
Project Manager | Capital Regional District
Jeff Hopkins
Jeff Hopkins
Principal | Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry
Jerome Etwaroo
Jerome Etwaroo
Associate Director | Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre
Jon Hamlin
Jon Hamlin
District Vice Principal | Greater Victoria School District
Kiara H.
Kiara H.
Bachelor of Music Student | University of Victoria
Lindsay Johnson
Lindsay Johnson
District Vice Principal | Greater Victoria School District
Magda Rajkowski
Magda Rajkowski
People Operations Manager | Kano
Matt Harris
Matt Harris
Co-Founder and CEO | Dyspatch
Meeta Khurana
Meeta Khurana
Manager of Engineering Co-op | University of Victoria
Rob Bennett
Rob Bennett
COO | VIATEC
Susana Guardado
Susana Guardado
Founder | Bright Light Ideas Creative
Tanya Larkin
Tanya Larkin
Tom Tiedje
Tom Tiedje
Professor, Electrical Engineering | University of Victoria
Valerie Irvine
Valerie Irvine
Associate Professor, Educational Technology | University of Victoria
Aleksey Verona
Aleksey Verona
Research Engineer | xmatters
Charlie Friend
Charlie Friend
Bachelor of Software Engineering Student | University of Victoria
Danny Briggs
Danny Briggs
IT Systems Administrator | Stocksy United
Dmitry Anoshin
Dmitry Anoshin
Alexa Engineer | Amazon
Maria Makarenko
Maria Makarenko
UX/UI Designer | Freelance

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