Seeking leaders and champions of diversity in the digital technology sector

 

#TechDiversity, a Victorian industry alliance targeting increased participation of women and minority groups in the digital technology sector, has today launched the inaugural #TechDiversity Awards. The #TechDiversity Awards will recognise individuals and groups who have demonstrated leadership and embraced inclusion by promoting diversity initiatives and programs.

#TechDiversity is seeking nominations for individuals and groups who have demonstrated diversity leadership across one or more of four key awards categories: education, business, government and/or advertising. The judges will be looking for outstanding expressions of behaviour, initiatives, commitment and courage, which are considered key touchstones to embrace inclusion and drive diversity. Nominations will be accepted via the #TechDiversity Awards website (nomination form), closing 26 June 2016.

A #TechDiversity “leader” will be recognised from each of the four awards categories. These leaders will be announced in early July and recognised at the #TechDiversity gala dinner at Melbourne Town Hall on 4 August, when an overall #TechDiversity “champion” will also be announced.

#TechDiversity is an industry alliance committed to amplifying diversity awareness and achieving a culture of inclusion, through conversation, collaboration and action among a committed #TechDiversity community. The initiative is spearheaded by a committee representing 13 industry groups and businesses – including Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Females in IT and Telecommunications (FITT), Vic ICT for Women, Australian Women in Security (AWSN), SeniorPreneurs, Mia, Artesian Venture Partners, Method9, Startupbootcamp, Optus and Nexec Leaders.

In addition to the awards and recognition program and gala dinner, quarterly networking functions are being held for members of the #TechDiversity community to share ideas for initiatives and projects that drive diversity across the digital sector. To get involved or express interest in #TechDiversity, please contact Deirdre Diamante, AIIA Victoria Council Deputy Chair and Director Mia on deirdre@miaconsulting.com.au.

Submit nominations for the #TechDiversity Awards using the online Nomination form.