Following the national success of ShadowTech for students, TechwomenNZ and CreateOps is this week running a ShadowTech day for teachers for the first time.
The ShadowTech day for teachers will be held on Wednesday which will create an opportunity for teachers to gain first hand understanding as greater responsibility falls on teachers to pass on tech skills to students.
TechWomen will this month launch 100TechWomen which will feature a collection of inspiring stories from New Zealand’s brightest female tech talent from around the country.
Edwina Mistry, executive director of TechWomen, says the launch is designed to inspire the future generation of women in tech and celebrate the contribution of women in the tech industry.
The TechWomen programme ShadowTech won the engaging youth in ICT gong at the annual New Zealand CIO awards in Auckland last night.
The initiative run by TechWomen, part of the NZTech community, provides years 9 to 11 schoolgirls an opportunity to experience what working in a tech job is like, encouraging them onto education pathways that lead into tech related roles. Only 23 percent of New Zealand females work in tech, the fastest growing sector in New Zealand.
Te Papa Tongarewa museum’s first chief digital officer Melissa Firth, who built a digital team almost from scratch, has been named among the top 100 CIOs in New Zealand for 2018.
A New Zealand start-up company, RIP Global, is among eight companies to be selected for the next women-only Springboard Enterprises Australia (SBE) accelerator programme.
SBE Australia, a not-for-profit with the first female-only startup accelerator in Australia, says the founders, lead successful businesses in industries including healthtech, agritech, real estate, wellness and fashion.
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the next wave of technology and New Zealand must present a fresh window to help encourage women into tech roles.
The worm has turned in the tech world as a wave of females are joining the tech community, according to national and global reports.
This morning on TVNZ’s Breakfast show, NZTech’s Andrea Hancox discussed busting tech stereotypes. Watch the interview here.
New Zealand is not alone in attracting and retaining women in tech, a leading tech specialist says.
Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career.
The Ministry of Women has released a guide Decoding Diversity targeted at attracting and retaining girls and women in tech education. The guide is for secondary school teachers, university lecturers, code club volunteers and other community group leaders, potential employers, career advisors, industry professionals, recruitment personnel, students and parents.
Computer programming jobs have previously struggled to attract women, but new technologies are providing substantial opportunities for a growing number of young girls seeking tech jobs, NZTech government relations director Andrea Hancox says.