This time next month, Finlay Campbell will be in San Francisco, starting his tour of the globe’s tech company giants.
The 15-year-old has been selected to attend the Young Innovators Delegation, a two-week trip taking young people to companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook.
Finlay and 11 other students from across the world were selected to attend the trip, run by Crimson Education.
“It’s a New Zealand-based company and if you’re a student that wants to get into a top university in America or the United Kingdom, they provide tutoring and other services,” Finlay said.
“The delegation is something they do on the side.
“I’m looking froward to getting an insight into some universities and seeing how successful tech start ups are run.”
Finlay doesn’t yet know what he wants to do after school and hopes the trip will give him further direction.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Rocket Lab, they were in the news because they launched a silver ball into space,” he said.
The Trinity Anglican College student, with his school mate Thomas Summerfield, has developed a music streaming platform called Defani One.
Finlay’s mum, Joanna Goodwin, isn’t quite sure where her son gets his skills from.
“He doesn’t get it from me and his dad, he just has an aptitude for it,” she said.
“I’m very excited for him; he’s in year 10 and it’s starting to be the pointy-end of school with a lot of assessments, and when you see where all that work might get you, I hope that it would be motivational.”