2018 International Women’s Day campaign theme #PressforProgress acknowledges the progress the world has made in regards to gender parity, it reminds us, that we as individuals and the wider community cannot become complacent.
This year TechWomen are showcasing local stories of “When Diversity Counts” with three simultaneous lunch events across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Each city will have unique local speakers who will share their stories of when the diversity of their team has changed the game for their organization.
Please join us to gain inspiration and connect with your local tech community. TechWomen encourage all genders to attend our events and we provide a positive friendly environment everyone. Our speakers are female and male, and we want our audience to be as diverse as we envision our industry to be! Please encourage people who may not have been to one our events before to come along.
Thank you to our venue sponsor Bank of New Zealand.
Continuing her journey, Ezel has now Co-Founded the event and analytics platform, Passphere that successfully secured investment October 2016 and will see a product launched late 2017 with a core team of 5. Passphere’s initial launch will be in New Zealand with quick movements overseas soon after.
Ezel has a passion for entrepreneurship that was formed at a young age. Ezel spent 3 months travelling around Turkey teaching English in schools for underprivileged children. She then returned to New Zealand to begin working on a degree in Computer Science at Victoria University. While studying, Ezel was involved in a start-up doing social and digital marketing that sparked a passion in starting and growing businesses. Shortly after, starting the discovery and exploration app that disrupted the Museum and Cultural market, STQRY. As Co-Founder of STQRY, Ezel’s ideas and narratives help to guide and shape the business every day.
3 years on, STQRY is now known as Area360 and are shaping the way visitors and organizations engage and share stories on a daily basis. With capital backing from one of the most reputable Venture Capital firms in the United States, Area360 were able to raise $5.5M in funds and are now developing and selling in over 4 countries to over 500 organizations worldwide. The team in New Zealand has grown to 35 and 7 in the United States.
Ezel then decided to move full time in her next venture as Co-Founder of Wellington-based Ticketing startup, Non-Stop Tix. After 18 months of operation, the company was sold to a New Zealand-based private investor.
Greg is the Director of Partner Development (Global) at Xero, responsible for accounting industry leadership and commercially driving Xero’s new Lifelong Learning Platform right around the big ball that we all call home.
Greg has much experience in the tech industry as a preious CEO and Co-Founder of RightWay, which saw him grow the business in 6 years to 100+ employees and doubling revenues annually. He also worked for Nike and Air NZ. He loves his fast moving career, startups and innovative, as well as fast moving cultures.
Tui Te Hau
With over a decade of experience in business start-ups under her belt, Tui Te Hau is the woman you want to go to when you have that lightbulb moment. She’s worked with multiple entrepreneurs kick starting creative businesses, game developers, major NZ fashion houses and export organisations.
She was the Chief Executive of Creative HQ; she spearheaded the Lightning Lab accelerator programme and now she works as the General Manager of Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation hub. Diversity and inclusion is critical to the success of Mahuki and Tui has led programs to encourage more women, Maori and Pasifika into the culture-tech and creative industries.
Eva Sherwood (MC)
Eva joined the board of NZTech in 2016 and has taken up the role of Chair of TechWomen. She is delighted to lead a talented team dedicated to inspiring women into the sector as part of NZTech’s overarching drive to create a prosperous New Zealand.
In Eva’s previous role at Oracle New Zealand, she was leading the uptake of Oracle Cloud applications within New Zealand Government agencies. She was the New Zealand community leader for a global internal program, Oracles Women Leadership program, which seeks to develop, engage and empower current and future generations of Oracle women leaders to foster an inclusive and innovative workforce. Eva is passionate about the ICT sector and has previously worked at New Zealand owned software development organisations, Fronde Systems Group and Provoke Solutions.
Eva is a member of the Institute of Directors, and has a BCA (Management) and BA (Psychology) from Victoria University of Wellington. Outside of work, she has been volunteering at the Wellington SPCA for 7 years and in 2012 received Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Meritorious Volunteer Service.