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