Indy Griffiths sets about developing his Parent Interviews
website now that he has time to give it 100% focus. Photo
by Gregor Richardson.
No-one was more pleased when the school holidays arrived.
For Indy Griffiths, the end of exams and school meant the
real work could begin.
He is relishing the extra time he has to focus on developing
his Parent Interviews website, which the 18-year-old hopes
will earn him more than $250,000 a year before he finishes
''I've finally got time to get stuck in to this and give it
100% before university starts.''
The website allows schools to easily manage parent-teacher
Parents book online, and everything is handled by the
website, leaving teachers to focus on teaching rather than
the time-consuming job of sorting out their interview
Bayfield High School staff were impressed and have been using
it for the past 12 months to arrange parent-teacher
interviews, and a further six schools want to trial the
program in the hope of going into a full partnership, he
While it was still early days, Mr Griffiths believed it was
feasible to attract up to 1500 schools within the next two
years, which could earn more than $250,000 in subscriptions a
In recent developments, Mr Griffiths is investigating going
into partnership with Christchurch-based company,
The company provides early notification services, used by
schools to notify parents their children have not turned up
''They provide their service to 300 New Zealand schools -
they want to make my service available to their schools.''
Mr Griffiths said in recent weeks he had simplified the
interview booking process so that parents could just type in
their child's name and the system would tell them which
teachers to book interviews with, rather than having to sort
through the entire list of teachers at the school.
He has also been working on providing a reminders service,
whereby parents receive text messages reminding them of the
time, place and teacher their interview is with.
He hoped to have the service ready by next month, and
eventually he planned to make it available to schools around
Mr Griffiths said he was working hard over the holidays to
get the website into a position where he could run/maintain
it while he started a bachelor of science degree, majoring in
computer science, this year.