Thursday the 12th of September saw the culmination of a year’s work to bring to a close the TechDiversity awards for 2019. The buzz in the room was electric and while the awards were the focus, it was a good time to connect with colleagues and clients. 555 members of Victoria’s digital technology industry gathered at the #TechDiversity Awards and Gala Dinner to celebrate the people and programs that are making a difference in the world of tech diversity.
Harriet Green OBE, CEO and Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific, totally inspired us with IBM’s 108-year heritage in diversity and inclusion which was one of the key reasons, five years ago, that she knocked on IBM’s door. Harriet has launched a reverse mentoring program between her 50 strong AP leadership team and 50 Next Gen IBMers earlier this year so the two groups can learn from each other. She informed us that in Australia, 39% of LGBTI people say they hide their sexuality or gender identity at work. It is numbers like this that inspired IBM to get behind the Victorian Pride Centre, which she proudly put her signature to on behalf of IBM as the Founding Principle Partner earlier this year.
The evening then rolled on to the awards and when we see the huge grins of people collecting them, we are reminded of just why we do this each year.
TechDiversity Champion 2019 – VIC ICT 4 WOMEN
The 2019 TechDiversity champion was the VIC ICT 4 WOMEN, led by Chris Skipper Conway.
Vic ICT for Women is passionate about getting more women into Technology, impacting 4,000 people in the past two years. The organisation offers a suite of programs allowing women to embrace their career options through all stages. Programs are divided into five main streams; Attracting, Join In, Retain, Progressing and Leading. Within these stream, various programs and initiatives are run and operated by Vic ICT for Women. Some of these programs include Go Girl Go For IT, Grad Girls, Mentor(she:) and more. Vic ICT for Women believes Tech and Digital offer great career opportunities and options for women and actively seeks to demonstrate this to all ages, starting with schoolgirls all the way to working with industry leaders to shape the future and forming the critical link between government, business, the education sector and other industry associations.
Other 2019 #TechDiversity Winners
- Business: Project Evolve at nbn – nbn
- Education: girledworld Pty Ltd – girledworld Pty Ltd
- Government: Innovation Catalyst Global | FindHer – CSIRO
- Media and Advertising: Go Girl, Go for IT – Go Girl, Go for IT
- Peoples’ Choice: Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders – Deloitte Digital
Full list of 2019 Merit Award Winners
All nominations can be accessed and reviewed on our website.
Inclusion and Diversity – Framework for Change (Motorola Solutions Australia)
Indigenous Female Technology Leader creating cultural story telling in Mixed Reality (Indigital)
MYOB – Developer Program (MYOB)
NAB Women in Technology & Operations Work Immersion Program (NAB)
Project Evolve at nbn (nbn)
VIC ICT for Women (VIC ICT for Women)
Aiman Hamdouna (Hatch Quarter)
Coder Academy (Coder Academy)
girledworld Pty Ltd (girledworld Pty Ltd)
Australia Post Technology Academy (Australia Post)
Combatting Homophobia with creative technologies (Mighty Serious)
Innovation Catalyst Global | FindHer (CSIRO)
Project Evolve at nbn (nbn)
Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders (Deloitte Digital)
Go Girl, Go for IT (Go Girl, Go for IT)
STEM Hub (STEM Hub + STEM Academy)
That Startup Show (That Startup Show)
Congratulations to all the winners.