tech to achieve feature imageHere at Best Buy, we’re all about providing our customers with the tools they need to keep on growing, helping them pursue their passions and enrich their lives with the help of technology. But we also recognize that in addition to the right tools, we also need the right people in our lives to guide us, teach us, and help us reach that next level in our development.

For Back to School this year, we want to celebrate those people, those teachers who faced a year of unexpected challenges and adapted to them, arming themselves with the right tech to keep teaching so that we can all keep learning.

To do so, we partnered with two prominent content creators: multidisciplinary designer Will Selviz and visual storyteller Tyler Stalman. Check out the videos below to see how we helped each of them reconnect with an influential mentor, while giving them tech and tools to fully show their appreciation to people who’ve made a huge impact in their lives.

Will Selviz, Multi-Dimensional Designer from Toronto, thanks an influential mentor who helped with his career development and discusses the value of paying it forward as a mentor himself.

microsoft surface proWill was a co-facilitator for a program led by Jessica Yamoah, Founder and CEO of INNOVATE INC. The program gives youth access to professionals and corporate settings to raise awareness about career paths in business, innovation, and technology. Karl was one of the youth who participated in the program, and as a result Will mentors him today. Will’s organization: RENRD FOUNDATION is focused on digital design. They collaborate with Jessica, other industry leaders, and organizations who support their work to provide mentorship, direct access to industry standard equipment, and culturally diverse programming.

In the video, Will discusses how creating 3-D animations and other 3-D work requires special equipment and he knows he can count on Best Buy to have the technology he needs, like many Microsoft technologies he showed in the video including the Microsoft Surface Pro.

Tyler Stalman from Calgary thanks the high school teacher who encouraged his creativity and interest in video production

sony zv1 vlogging cameraTyler showed several devices that are ideal for anyone learning or teaching video production. These include the ideal vlogging companion, a Sony Cyber-shot ZV-1 Digital Camera; the compact and light Deity D4 DUO Microphone for crystal clear audio indoors and outdoors; a Manfrotto Beefree Live Aluminum tripod and Zhiyun Weebill-S gimbal stabilizer, two products essential for high resolutions still and smooth and steady video footage; and to store the footage and enable fast data transfer to a computer for processing, a Lexar Professional 128GB memory card.

Who inspired you to learn

Having the right tech while learning is very important; but we also need to meet wonderful teachers and mentors along our educational journey. We all have a story to tell of one or more teachers who elevated our learning or inspired us. I can think of several in my life, and I also have one teacher from when my children were in school: their grade 3 teacher, Mr. Bonenfant, inspired me to be a better parent with his amazing teaching style and patience. Let us know about the tech you think is essential for learning and who inspired you. Enter below and nominate one teacher or mentor for a chance for you or the person you nominate to win a $750 Best Buy gift certificate.

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter once for yourself and once for someone you know:

  1. Leave a comment below this article and tell us the first name of a mentor who helped you learn and what tech available at Best Buy do you consider to be essential for students going back to school
  2. Send an email to ““ AND CC a teacher or mentor so they are aware that you entered them in this contest. In the subject line put: “What tech will help you achieve contest” and in the body of the email tell us which teacher or mentor you are nominating to win this contest and why.

NOTE: do not put your teacher or mentor’s last name or personal email in the comments below; they should only be mentioned in the email.

What you can win

At the end of this contest we will randomly select one winner from all comments left on the blog article for this contest (French and English) AND randomly select two winners from all nominations sent via email so the person nominated can win the prize. Each winner will receive a Best Buy Canada Gift Certificate worth $750.

This contest runs from August 30th until September 30th.

Remember you can enter once for yourself in a blog comment AND once for a teacher or mentor who inspired you in an email as mentioned above.

What will tech help us achieve Contest Rules and Regulations

Good Luck

Martin Renaud
Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. I am very happy to announce the winners of the Best Buy Canada Gift Certificates worth $750:

    San P. (Halifax, NS)
    Milorad R. (Toronto, ON)
    David D. (Dartmouth, NS)

    Keep reading and get great informative articles about a wide range of topics from tech to toys, from smartphones to style. Participate on the blog by asking questions and offering your expertise to the comment sections of articles you read. And enter more contests: you never know when we will get more great products to give away.

  2. This contest is now closed. We will draw the winners soon in accordance with the rules. Return to the blog often to read great articles, learn about the latest technology, and to enter more contests. You never know when we’ll be doing another amazing giveaway!

  3. Al is the first name of a mentor who helped me learn; I consider a laptop to be essential for students going back to school.

  4. A mentor of mine was Stephen. He helped me learn about using the internet many years ago. Tech that is is available at best buy for going back to school would be laptops. They are a must. They make learning much more easier than using a pen and paper.

  5. My dad is my mentor that helped me learn a lot in my teenage life and professional life and exposed me to the world of computers at a young age. Laptops and tablets are essential learning tools that can aid students

  6. kim
    A laptop is essential thank goodness for Best Buy Acer Aspire 5 15.6″ Laptop – Silver (Intel Ci5-1035G1/256GB SSD/8GB RAM/Windows 10)

  7. My mentor, teacher, and role model Daniel taught me the value of hard work and preparation.
    Microsoft Modern USB Headsets would be beneficial to most students this year.

  8. Robin, the school head librarian, always inspired us to do better and learn.
    He loved to show us photos and tell us stories of his worldwide travels and he inspired me and my wife to become the voracious readers that we are.

    We both used his teachings to raise our successful daughters.
    They now tell us that their work ethic comes from how we were constant in our support and help.

    I consider a good computer essential to what rounded student should have.
    An ASUS TUF Dash should give a student a powerful computer able to handle everything a student would throw at it.

  9. I’ve had a couple of important mentors: two professors who encouraged me in specific directions and a boss that a did a work project with. A laptop is essential for school.

  10. My teacher, Ms Lee, inspired me to learn. She was always patient and encouraging and that really gave me confidence to take risks. A Microsoft Surface Go 2 10.5″ is essential for students going back to school.

  11. A mentor who helped me when I was younger is Chris, and a tech piece that is important for students heading to school is the Sony WH-CH710N Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones (to block out distracting noises while studying!)

  12. Jacob was my coach and mentor in high school. He taught me a lot about teamwork and how to succeed in my professional life. I think 2 in 1 laptops are essential these days! The Acer 14” Spin 3 touch notebook sound really nice and useful for back to school.

  13. My mom, Teresa. HP 15.6″ Laptop – Natural Silver (Intel Quad Core i3-1125G4/256GB SSD/8GB RAM/Windows 10) is essential for going back to school.

  14. daniel my old coop boss, really helped me break into my field; i really think tablets/thin portable laptops are important to be able to work in many different spots

  15. Monica is my mentor that helped me learn a lot in my professional life. Laptops and tablets are essential for students going back to school

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