The Hub is a venue and virtual learning environment built to host small to medium-sized meetings and events in Samoa. We facilitate digital events, online learning and help incubate digital ideas into social impact solutions for a changing world.
Operating as usual
🎓 On 3rd November 2020, 9 graduates were awarded certificates of completion at an informal awards ceremony for the first #virtualreality and #augmentedreality training program in the Pacific
This was a 4-week intensive program that taught participants skills such as #photogrammetry, scanning, 3D-modelling and how to use VR technology by @facebook @google such as Tilt Brush and Styly
All the participants were given the chance to showcase their final submissions to guests at graduation. This included a virtual museum of Samoa, Halloween cookout, glamping environment, space world, tropical landscape & many more!
Special thanks to
• Mr. Peter Fritz, Simone Pensko & the team at ICDP for making this program a reality
• H.E. Sara Moriarty and the support from the Australian Government
• Hon. Minister Afamasaga Lepuia'i Rico Tupa'i for an encouraging keynote and hosting our event at MCIT
• DP Immersive & VR Wizard, Daniel Stricker, for bringing VR/AR remote learning to Samoa
• Fa'aso'otauloa Sam Saili, Aaron & the team Skyeye for all the work #behindthescenes to help make this pilot program a success
🎓👏 Congratulations to the #classof2020 for gaining new skills to level up in an era of digital transformation
Global Shapers Apia is back in action & kicking off the new year with their first members' meeting at The Hub Samoa. We were stoked to host their first gathering in our event space and look forward to supporting social impact with this dynamic young adult community.
If you're a non-profit, NGO or freelancer that's looking for a #venue to host your next executive meeting, Skype session, board meeting or brainstorming session... we have just the thing to suit your needs!
Need a meeting room or working space?
DM or email us at: [email protected]
#CoWorking #CoSharing #Collaboration
#throwback to our first Onboarding Night! 🌏
Last year, we welcomed 25 New Members into the Apia Hub. This cool lil' video captures some of the food, fun and thoughtful conversations we had about the mandate, mission, vision and values of our Global Shapers Community.
A special thank you to OSM Consultants and OneLook for allowing us to use your facilities and sponsoring this video to capture the launch of #GlobalShapersApia.
Are you interested in becoming an Apia Shaper?
DM our team or email us at [email protected]
#ApiaHub is a member of the Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Visit our website for more info: https://www.globalshapers.org/
Grateful to Solivalealofiolenu'u & the Team at Samoa Observer for today's feature article!
This kind of exposure is invaluable for a small business like The Hub Samoa and we are so grateful for all your interest, support, and online engagement with our brand.
It's been a lil' radio silent on here... sorry for the hiatus. I'm still trying to get the hang of juggling multiple things at once but #ICYMI there heaps of activities going on #behindthescenes in order to get our digital products and shared spaces ready for market.
Thank you for being so patient with us as we develop our small business into one that can make an impact on education and innovation in Samoa. We have been working hard these last couple of months and our team is so excited to share all that hard work with you real soon.
To support our work, please like and share this post with your friends who are interested in #eLearning and #entrepreneurship STAY TUNED ✨ We have a special product update for you at the end of this month!
#TheHubSamoa #JoinTheMovement #YouthCoLab
samoaobserver.ws A 23-year-old entrepreneur, Olisana Mariner has just returned from the 2019 Youth Co:Lab Summit in Vietnam with more passion to try and improve Samoa's education system.Essentially the Hub is a high-end, mini-conference room for up to 10 people where they can come together, share ideas, find syne...
This month, members from Samoa's first Youth Co:Lab met with a team from the United Nations. For one hour we talked about innovative financing solutions for young entrepreneurs. It was a GREAT discussion! I found out that there were several others willing to champion youth through co-working spaces and other support services.
After our meeting, I took a drive with my mate (and tour guide) Chris to explore Samoa Highland Hideaway - a peaceful paradise nestled in the Aleisa hills. First-time visitor to Samoa? Local resident looking for a getaway? You should definitely check it out!
The Hub Samoa's cover photo
Had so much fun with PBSE and PTI this month!
On 12 October 2018, we were one of 18 Young Samoan Entrepreneurs that participated in the Pacific Trade and Invest's inaugural pitchfest for impact investment in the Pacific!
Each participant had to tell their personal story and present a business case for social enterprise in front of four distinguished investors from New Zealand & Australia. In turn, they received valuable business advice, industry mentorship, and impact investment to help turn their ideas into a reality. Here's a sneek peek from the day!
Last month, I was blessed with an opportunity to represent young entrepreneurs in Samoa and participate at the #PacificConnectForum2018. This event was held in Sydney over three days and I wrote a blog post about my experience below.
Have a read and let me know what you think!
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱: 𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁-𝘂𝗽 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Olisana Mariner is a Samoan entrepreneur who is passionate about digital transformation in the education sector. Her goal is to empower youth and equality through education by utilising technology, infrastructure and ICT partnerships.
Olisana recently travelled to Sydney to participate in the Pacific Connect Forum.
She saw the forum as an invaluable opportunity to engage with other young leaders and see what social projects they were advancing. Read more about how Olisana’s experience at the Forum and a visit to Stone & Chalk is helping her to digitise the education sector:
Last week The Hub participated in Samoa's first Shark Tank & Pitchfest run by Pacific Trade Invest Australia and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
It was an exhilarating experience to pitch in front of an esteemed panel of investors and business leaders from the Pacific. I also enjoyed the time spent fellowshipping with other young entrepreneurs who operate in different industries. These are the creative minds building businesses that will disrupt local industries and positively impact Samoa's community.
#SocialEntrepreurship is on the rise and more people are looking to businesses that not only meet profitable goals but socially-conscious goals. Businesses that provide solutions meeting local and global challenges with passion and a firm resolve.
Special thanks to Leata and the team at PT&I; Lemauga and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce; and the judges - Bill, Kristen, Joe and Bernard - for their time and resources spent building this platform and creating opportunities for youth. Fa'afetai, fa'afetai tele lava!
Photo credit: Luana Sana Ross + David Unoi
We believe that businesses can be a force for good, especially if in the form of social enterprise.
Not only will the entity exist to make a profit but it will strive to deliver products and services that advance the #SustainableDevelopmentGoals and implement projects which benefit their surrounding community, industry, nation and the world.
To advance the development of small-medium enterprise and tech startups in Samoa, we desire to be an incubator for growth and a community for likeminded innovators and entrepreneurs. These are an audacious and ambitious bunch; creative pioneers who will be a force for good in every sphere of society.
To be a part of this community, hit that follow button for the latest updates.
#socialentrepreneurship #goodbusiness #samoa
WOW! 100 likes!
You guys are incredible! Thank you so much for all your encouragement and support this week. We are so humbled by your positive response and are exceedingly thankful for the opportunity to bring each of you value.
As a special thanks, we want to give the FIRST 5 HUB SUPPORTERS who share this post, a VOUCHER to enjoy free coffee at Laupele Cafe! You'll also receive a personal tour of THE HUB + complimentary stationery for all attendees at your next HUB meeting ;)
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your newsfeed (no facebook spam, guaranteed promise!) and we look forward to hosting you in the near future.
Have a great week!
Olisana Mariner + The Team at The Hub Samoa
An absolute privilege to attend this workshop coordinated by Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry & UNDP in Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau & Niue which ran in tandem with the #DigitalPacific Conference.
To establish a network of empowered youth to accelerate the implementation of #SustainableDevelopmentGoals through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Objective met. Expectations exceeded.
DAY 2: YOUTH CO LAB SAMOA
What a day! Our Youth Co Lab participants each pitched their business ideas/social enterprises to our select panel of judges. They did not disappoint, all presentations introduced a wide range of innovative, digital business solutions that contribute to the achievement of our Sustainable Development Goals. We would like to congratulate and thank all our participants for their leadership, contribution, innovative ideas and passion to making a difference in our communities. This is only the beginning!
From this, the 3 top pitches we're invited to present to the audience of the Pacific Regional ICT Conference 2018 comprising of the highest government officials from Samoa and the region, donor partners and international organisations, our ICT industry, and government ministries. We would like to congratulate our winners;
1st place: Etuale Scanlan
2nd place: Olisana Mariner
3rd place: Mose Mose
We are excited to be part of your journey!
The Chamber is privileged to be in partnership with UNDP. Today, this partnership has been officiated through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reflecting a commitment by UNDP and the Chamber to accelerating business incubators and hubs for young entrepreneurs, providing opportunities for mentoring, business support and networking in the region and around the globe. The Youth Co Lab will only get bigger and better, stay tuned!
#YouthCoLabSamoa #YouthCoLab #UNDP #SamoaChamberofCommerce #YouthEntrepreneurship #Innovation #Business #SocialEnterprise #Partnerships #PoweringBusinessGrowth #SDGs
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