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2018 #TechDiversity Awards & Gala Dinner

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Celebrate, Inspire, Change

Too often diversity is talked about from a point of view of what is not happening and how long it is taking to do anything. There’s so much ‘noise’ but in the world of #TechDiversity, we are putting on the positive.

We would love to have you join us and put some energy into celebrating celebrating and elevating diversity initiatives that make a difference. Where diversity is not just a word – real action is taken.

Celebrate #TD Award recipients and be inspired to create initiatives that build diversity.  Buy a ticket and one for a friend. Actually, buy an entire table and bring your clients. This is a night to network, spend time with likeminded people and catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while.

It will be a wonderful night, with the Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, a keynote by George McEncroe, Founder and CEO, Sheba the all female driver & passenger network and made all the more special by the lovely Francesca Lachman who will be performing on the night.


Location : Atlantic, Peninsula A
Shed 14 – Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VICTORIA

Date : Thursday 27th September

Time : 6:15pm Registrations, 6:45pm Doors open for 7:00pm start

Dress : After 5


Early Bird (before 26 Aug)  $165 per ticket or $1,650 per table of 10 (incl. GST)
After Aug 26                           $195 per ticket or $1,870 per table of 10 (incl. GST).
Students                                 $99 (incl. GST).


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Georgina McEncroe, Founder and CEO of Shebah.

George is on a mission to provide a ride sharing experience that makes women and young girls feel safe. She is the founder of Shebah, an all-female network of drivers and passengers. George is one of those women who has done a lot. And we mean a lot. From writing and performing a stand-up comedy show called “The Care Factor” (because she cares a lot about everything), teaching English in Istanbul and interviewing women from former Yugoslavia about their war experiences, working as a radio broadcaster and TV presenter to coaching junior sport – she is also a single mum with FOUR children. Come hear her story – she really is the Queen of Shebah.




The Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy.

Since Philip’s Ministerial appointment in 2015, he has worked hard to strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a regional tech hub by engaging the local startup community and attracting leading global companies (including Zendesk, GoPro and Slack) to establish a regional presence in Victoria. The Minister believes Victoria is well placed to be a leader in cyber security education, research, policy and entrepreneurship.


Francesca Lachman was born blind. She was also born for music.

Aged sixteen, Francesca excels at the piano and is proficient on drums, guitar and is also a ‘pitch perfect’ singer. Considering that she is blind, her musical prowess is even more extraordinary. Her genius extends to her ability to sit and listen to whole performances in any music style and later recall and play each note. She is also a composer and has a portfolio of over 1000 songs. She has been recording her songs under Bill Irvin, who is legally blind. Bill who has recorded the world’s best artists, has never seen anything like Francesca. He shakes his head in disbelief the speed at which she can instantly create a track in her mind and build the song, integrating every sound/instrument as she goes, layer after layer.

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The #TechDiversity Foundation 2018 Charity Partner is Insight – an education centre for the blind and vision impaired

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10% of all ticket sales to our Gala Dinner and Awards Night will also go directly to Insight.

Francesca began as a foundation student and was years behind in all academic subjects and in life skills. Last year Francesca graduated from Insight and is progressing well at a mainstream school supported by Insight’s expert team.

The Insight goal is simple: help kids to keep up, or catch up, at school across both the academic and life skills curricula. Help them gain the self-esteem and self-confidence they need to PROSPER in a mainstream school so that they can get an education and go on to get paid employment – and have an INDEPENDENT life.


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