Industry experts to show teachers all about tech

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, ShadowTech, TechWomen

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.

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EMPOWERING TECHWOMEN – Join TechWomen and be part of the diversity conversation

Georgia Taylor
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Newsletter, TechWomen

Looking back since the last TechWomen newsletter, I’m wondering where has the year gone?  We are now in July, and the last two months have been all go for us here at TechWomen. On June 13, we were proud winners of the CIO award for ShadowTech where the judges were impressed with TechWomen’s model for connecting, mentoring and building networks to encourage a diverse pipeline of young women into tech careers.  The final ShadowTech event for this year was held on June 26 in Dunedin, and this year alone ShadowTech involved more than 600 girls, 300 mentors and 100 organisations, participating in six regional events around the country.  Thanks to everyone for supporting us to make this event a success.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honour of contributing to a panel at the 2018 Women in Leadership Conference with amazing women Kari Jones, Mary-Anne McCarthy and Nathalie Gray. Our discussion focused on the possible impacts of AI, and the future of female leadership.

The key takeaways from our discussion, as summed up very well by Kari Jones:

  1. Few have the experience of leading through the level of unprecedented change we are likely to see in the coming years – this will present opportunities for new types of leadership to flourish. Female leaders need to position themselves to take advantage of these opportunities.
  2. New roles will appear, such as Chief Algorithm Officer, Head of Data Ethics and Bias, Chief Privacy Officer, and Privacy Engineer. There are already opportunities to get to grips with these topics online.
  3. Learning agility (learning to learn) is going to be the number one must-have skill for success in the 4th industrial revolution. This includes the ability to acquire new skills, as well as the ability to apply previously acquired knowledge to new situations.

Technology is part of every industry and all industries have women in tech careers.  I would like to take the opportunity to invite staff that are members of TechMarketeers, BioTech and Agritech to register as TechWomen, as you are now part of the Tech Alliance group of NZTech.

Encourage your colleagues to join TechWomen and together let’s make a difference to diversity.

Best regards

Edwina Mistry
Executive Director
TechWomen NZ

FEATURES

TechWomen Executive Director, Edwina Mistry, is a panellist at the Workforce Inclusion and Diversity Forum New Zealand, which takes place on 28-29 August. Register for the event now and be part of the discussion for an inclusive, healthy and productive workforce.

The Digital Skills Forum wants to know how you work with digital tech interns. Please answer this quick poll to help the Forum determine how to better connect studying and work through internships.

How do you feel about belongingness and uniqueness in the ICT workforce? Be part of a gender diversity study on female inclusion in work groups! If you’re happy to participate in the study, please email Shamalka Perera.

Discover Alexia Hilbertidou, the founder and powerhouse behind GirlBoss, and a 2018 recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader’s Award.

Win a free ticket to the MORE Premier Leadership Summit on 5-6 September! First TechWomen member to email us wins.

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100TechWomen project launching this month

Jackie Clark
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Media Release, TechWomen

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.

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ShadowTech wins award – go women in tech!

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, ShadowTech, TechWomen

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.

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Overcoming ICT’s barriers to diversity

Jackie Clark
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TechWomen

Originally published on Computerworld on 30 May 2018

How students participating in the annual ShadowTech programme get early lessons on inclusive leadership

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Two Hundred Secondary School Girls Experience ICT in the Capital

Jackie Clark
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TechWomen

Today 200 secondary school girls converged in the Capital at Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity to experience ICT for the day as part of ShadowTech.  The Wellington ShadowTech is the first in a nationwide series of technology-focused events up and down the country.

ShadowTech’s Executive Director, Edwina Mistry addressed the girls at Wellington’s ShadowTech event.  “600 girls are participating in 6 cities with over 300 mentors contributing to the day from 100+ organisations.  It is great to see the number of participants grow each year from when ShadowTech which first started in South Auckland in 2014 when there were 42 girls and 10 organisations with 20 mentors.  We are certain that opportunities like this make a difference in addressing the current gender imbalance in ICT,” said Edwina Mistry.

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CIO Awards Recognises ShadowTech: Engaging Girls beyond Coding

Jackie Clark
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NZTech News, TechWomen

The ShadowTech youth development programme has been selected as a finalist for the Engaging Youth in ICT award; part of the 2018 CIO Awards for New Zealand.

ShadowTech is an annual technology career experience day for girls in years 9-11, who meet in their regional centres to hear from local tech leaders and are then hosted by women working in the technology sector to experience ‘a day in the life’ of a tech sector career.

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Empowering TechWomen: Join us at Techweek; Mentor at ShadowTech; 100 TechWomen update

Georgia Taylor
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TechWomen

Welcome to the first newsletter of TechWomen!

It’s been three months since I joined TechWomen in the role of Executive Director, and there has never been a dull moment with so many initiatives and projects on the go. For those who haven’t met me before, please feel free to connect with me directly on LinkedIn.

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#ShadowTech: Wellington Companies Promote ICT Opportunities to the Region’s Secondary School Girls

Jackie Clark
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TechWomen

On Monday 21 May, 35 Wellington companies will host 150 secondary school girls for a day, gaining first-hand experience of ICT in its various applications.

ShadowTech is an NZTech initiative, supported by the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic, which is designed to encourage girls to think about study options and a career in ICT, and to explore the incredible opportunities and different contexts and applications of ICT in the workplace.

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100TechWomen: 100 Careers in Technology

Georgia Taylor
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NZTech Women, TechWomen

As a woman in tech, I have been involved in mentoring, and sharing career advice with many young women.  It has always given me a great sense of joy when I see these talented women go on to have successful careers in the technology industry.  So, I started thinking, ‘how can we do more to reach young women, and provide them with outstanding role models in the tech sector?’  100TechWomen is the answer.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 14

ShadowTech Teachers

November 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 26

Practical tips for increasing diversity in tech companies

November 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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