Reading Republic awarded Junior Student Winners (NSW Division) for the @iAwards #techgirls #STEM #iawards #NSW @readingrepublic

Last week Reading Republic were awarded as the Junior Students Winner (NSW Division) for the New South Wales iAwards!

Reading Republic encourages kids to read in a child-friendly environment where you can read and write book reviews. It’s an Android app and website that gets kids to review books, take quizzes about the books they’ve read and collect coins that unlock mini-games. The reviews allow kids to get a better understanding of what the book is about and the level of reading difficulty. Reviews can be read, listened to, or even watched, catering for all levels of students.

Officially: Other reading apps are too expensive and don’t allow kids to interact and share their thoughts about the books they are reading. Reading Republic is designed for kids by kids. Reading Republic is utilising technology to assist with the development of kid’s literacy skills and it’s a great example of new technology supporting older forms of entertainment like reading.

CeBIT, 2017 We presented, we caped, we had a great time! @cebitaus #techgirls #STEM #innovation #sydney

On Wednesday the 24th of May, our founder and CEO, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen took to the stage at Australia's biggest technology conference, CeBIT, 2017. 

Invited as a panellist to talk about the future workforce in Australia, Jenine discussed how the Tech Girls Movement is creating a new generation of technology entrepreneurs, who have hands-on skills and confidence to contribute to the Australian talent pipeline.

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Talking alongside industry giants such as Alan Noble, the Head of Engineering at Google in Australia and New Zealand, and CSIRO (talking about their Scientists in Schools program), and the University of Technology Sydney, and our partner Kelly Tagalan at Code Club Australia and others, the discussion highlighted the current gaps in the workplace and how we collectively are working together to address them.

We had some fun with it with Jenine aka Jewella wearing her signature red superhero cape on stage.  The panel followed an inspiring presentation by Randi Zuckerburg, who, herself, is encouraging girls into STEM.

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Jenine met Randi Zuckerburg, the fabulous sister of Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook, and she gave her a copy of Tech Girls are Superheroes and got this cool snap! Randi's presentation was really entertaining. Randi talked about her book to get girls into STEM. Get your copy of Dot now! https://www.amazon.com/Dot-Randi-Zuckerberg/dp/0062287516

See you next year, CeBIT!

TGM screening of @shestartedit Thank you @salesforce @drcatherineball @@jam1eleach #brisbane #techgirls #STEM

Guest blog post by Emily Hay. Photos by Eric McCowan, https://eric.pixieset.com/

On 10th May 2017, the Brisbane Women in Tech Salesforce user group held a documentary screening, providing a fundraising opportunity and spreading the word about Tech Girls Movement.

So what is the Brisbane Women in Tech Salesforce user group? Run by Emily Hay and Bec Aichholzer, it's part of the global Salesforce user group program. A user group is a group of people centered around a particular software or hardware, who come together regularly to share experiences and understanding of the product. 

About 7 years ago, the original Women in Tech Salesforce user group started with around 20 women meeting up at the annual Dreamforce conference, held by Salesforce in San Francisco. It's now grown into a global network of more than 76 groups, with thousands of members. 

The Brisbane Women in Tech user group have a vision: 

“To create a supportive, engaging and friendly environment for local women in tech to share experiences, and build a network. We want to answer the questions, “Is it just me? Am I alone?” with a resounding NO!”

CODE screeningShe Started It

You can view the She Started It trailer here: https://youtu.be/hcGGrUx666s

This time round, fabulous local start-up Skedulo decided to re-up on last year's support and via their sponsorship, helped Emily & Bec bring the screening to our attendees, entirely free of charge. As Emily put it, “that's pretty rad, so I thought to myself, we should use this as an opportunity to pay that radness forwards.” 

Cue Tech Girls Movement. Emily & Bec collected donations in lieu of charging for tickets, and the event raised $695 in total for TGM, and also raised awareness about our cause. 

Emily describes the introduction to the film as “a phenomenal panel of business and tech leaders, I was loathe to end the panel discussion to allow for the screening; I could have listened to these women drop truth-bombs all evening. A huge thank you to Rebecca Livesey, Jamie Leach & Dr Catherine Ball for sharing their time with us at the event!”

(L-R: Rebecca Livesey, Dr. Catherine Ball, Jamie Leach & event co-leader Bec Aichholzer)

Rebecca Livesey is an executive coach and Managing Director of Achieve-Lead-Succeed, previously a non-technical CIO and experienced in what it takes to strike out on your own after working for big business.

Dr Catherine Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. Check out her exciting project, She Flies, where you can learn how drones can change the world, and even get to pilot one yourself!

Jamie Leach is the CEO of GIS People & Gruntify; Chair of Tech Girls Movement Foundation, and currently studying for her Doctorate of Business Administration in Financial Barriers to Female Entrepreneurs, Jamie has extensive knowledge of what it takes to create successful web start-ups. 

The film itself was very interesting and the audience's hearts were riding the emotional ups and downs experienced by the young female tech entrepreneurs profiled. Overall, there were a few poignant take-away messages for young women, from both the film and the panel:

“Feel the fear and do it anyway” 

“It's when you're being true to yourself that you can change the world”

While friends, family, teachers and other role models are there to support you and give you advice, you ultimately must be true to yourself. What do you think is important? What are your values? What is your idea of success? 

Be tenacious and back yourself.

Click here to see the event photos from the night!

 

Congratulations to our global #Australia @technovation semi-finalists @ReadingRepublic and Speechability! #techgirls #STEM

Congratulations to two Australian teams named semi-finalists in the global

Technovation Challenge!

Out of thousands of teams around the world, Queensland Secondary School team Speechability and New South Wales Primary School team Reading Republic have been named among the 200 semi-finalists announced this week, with a have a chance at the 12 top finalist places to formally pitch their app in San Francisco in August.

Alisa, Aeshlein and Lily created Speechability, an App for parents, carers or people with a disability to easily locate businesses offering part time or casual jobs.

Speechability is a mobile application where people with autism will be able to easily locate a variety of nearby jobs that are suitable to their skill and ability level. The jobs that are provided are related to users' interests and hobbies, giving people an opportunity to work in a part time job they will love. Speechability is a not-for-profit organisation and majority of our profits are going to Autism Queensland to support schooling for autistic children. 

Angelica, Sabrina, Isobel, Sophia and Claire created Reading Republic, an App to encourage children to read.

We think education should be free so we are building a social app to share our love of reading! In our App there are...coins, quizzes, a 'My Library' feature, book reviews from your friends and avatars from your favourite books!

Reading Republic were named National Australian winners in 2016 in the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition - you may have seen them on ABC TV Good Game

Join us in wishing our teams all the best for the finals!

Kick off! Week 1 of the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero #techgirls #STEM

Here we go Tech Girls!

We are super excited to kick off the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition this week!

In just 4 years, we have engaged approximately 1650 students in the competition directly, and those students have been supported by 400+ mentors who have volunteered more than 5000 hours of their time to make a difference to an industry in great need of talent and diversity.

We have just registered our 250th team for this year across Australia and New Zealand, which is more than 1000 students! This is double the number of competitors we had last year. We are proud to announce that we have almost completed matching every single team of girls with a female mentor working in the tech industry! 

For teams, coaches and mentors registered, see the welcome video below from our CEO Jenine aka Jewella. We look forward to helping you become an entrepreneur and solve a problem in your local community. Good luck!

Tech Girls are Superheroes launches in New Zealand! #techgirls #STEM #NS #STEAM #superheroes #innovation

In March 2017, the Tech Girls Movement made their way to New Zealand for a big launch of their Tech Girls are Superheroes campaign for 2017.  The original plan for the trip was to host the Superhero Daughter Day at Auckland University of Technology, bringing in 200 girls and their parents to have hands-on fun with tech.


The Superhero Daughter Day was a fun day, full of robots, pulling computers apart, and coding.  In the lead-up to Superhero Daughter Day on the 18th of March, we went on a road-trip of the South Island of New Zealand.  Landing in Christchurch on the 12th of March, we headed south with our New Zealand team (Dianne, Jess, and Siggy) to see how many schools, teachers, parents and career advisors we could meet in five days. 

After stopping in the beautiful Oamaru overnight, we headed south to Dunedin.  We visited many schools on our trip of the South Island, including Blue Mountain College, Logan Park High School, Kavanagh College, Bayfield High School, Queen's High School, Kaikorai Valley College, Columba College, Hatch Education, Balmacewen Intermediate School, Tahuna School, Otago Girls' High School, St Hilda's Collegiate School, St Margaret's College, Kaiapoi Borough School, Kaiapoi High School, Omarama School.

We reached more than 400 students in those few days in the South Island, many career advisors, industry people, and parents.

Thanks to Otago Polytechnic, for hosting us, and also to my New Zealand team who took us on this very excellent road trip to spread the Tech Girls word. 

Our week ended back where we started, with our Superhero Daughter Day on the 18th of March in Auckland.  Thanks to Harry and the team at Auckland University of Technology, OMGTech!, and She#

We are so very excited to launch in New Zealand.

More photos from our exciting adventures from our road trip and launch of Tech Girls are Superheroes can be found at our flickr page

We are excited to have you part of the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero!

Celebrating #IWD2017 @Google HQ #Sydney with our #techgirls teams #STEM

Thanks to Lauren Trompp, the photographer for this event

Thanks to Lauren Trompp, the photographer for this event

On the 8th of March, 2017, The Tech Girls Movement launched their 2017 Tech Girls Are Superheroes Campaign at Google Headquarters in Sydney.  With 150 industry guests and 7 teams from the 2016 competition there to pitche their ideas, our morning tea was full of yummy cupcakes, impressive Apps, and a great feel of excitement with the theme of the day being #beboldforchange.

We received a grant from Inspire Australia through Ausindustry to fly our teams to Google to network with industry and share the wonderful solutions they've built as Apps. 

On the day, we had two panels, one with our CEO Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen alongside Sally-Ann Williams, Outreach Manager for Google Australia, Nicola O'Brien, Head CodeRanger, and Monica Wulff.  Nicola was the Coach and Monica the mentor of Reading Republic, who were our Primary School winners of the 2016 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. 

Following our panel, our Reading Republic  girls took to the stage.  Remember, they're 9, 10 and 11 years old, and they talked about their App and their experience in the competition with ease and humour.  Their presentation was highly memorable and well received by our industry audience.  They highlighted the success of the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition, and are living proof of future Tech Girl leaders who have confidence, skills, and cool attitude.

More photos from this great event can be found at our flickr page

Register now for the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero #techgirl #STEM #innovation #science #technology

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero! We call for coaches to register their team of tech girls and we invite girls between 7 and 17 years old to compete to be the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero.

We also invite mentors to register, and we match up with each team of tech girls who will participate and be part of an exciting program where you learn to be a tech entrepreneur.

Thank you to all of our funding and supporting partners helping us to grow the program.

So how does it work?

Teams of 3-5 girls from 7 to 17 years old form a group and ask a coach to represent them and register them. A coach is a parent or teacher who is the contact point for the team. The 12-week program will run in Term 2, and it will kick off on the 1st of May and conclude with entries due at 5:00 pm on Friday the 29th of July. The matching of each team of girls with a female mentor working in the tech industry is key to our program, and we try to co-locate as much as possible so the mentor can visit the girls directly. However, the program is designed to be all online so no face to face contact is expected throughout the program. We do require all mentors to have a current Working with Children check .

What do you learn?

Teams of girls work through a 12 week STEM entrepreneurship program in Term 2, provided by the Technovation Challenge which is the global app making competition for girls. Here in Australia, the Tech Girls Movement are the Regional Ambassadors for this program and we implement their curriculum. The global Technovation Challenge run their program from October to April therefore teams coming through our Australian or New Zealand timeline from May to September can enter the global Technovation Challenge with the same entry just months later for a second chance to win.

Essentially, teams need to identify a problem in their local community they would like to solve, then they need to research how other people solve that problem, then teams design their own solution in a form of a wire-frame for an app. Then teams build a working prototype of their app. Once complete, they pitch their idea and the demo they have created and tell us how amazing it is.

We will announce State and National winners both in the Secondary and Primary Category. The Tech Girls Movement will then take the winning primary and secondary teams to San Francisco in August to pitch at the Global Technovation Challenge along side teams from all around the world.

In 2016, Vocabulary Voyagers from St Mary's Anglican Girls School in Perth who were our winning secondary school team in Australia, made it to the top 1% of entries in the global Technovation challenge alongside 800 other teams. This is the first for any Australian team. Vocabulary Voyagers Pitch Video

Here you can meet our Reading Republic team - our winning 2016 Primary School team - Reading Republic Pitch Video & featured on ABC Good Game.

In March 2017, not only did we launch our Australian program at Google Headquarters in Sydney alongside a series of events for Vodafone/HP, Accenture, Avanade, the Australian Computer Society and others. We also launched the program in New Zealand in Auckland at our Superhero Daughter day on the 18th of March.

We also hosted 9 Superhero daughter days together with Diverse City Careers in March for International Womens Day to launch the program for the year across every state and territory in Australia and in Auckland. We also did a road-trip of the South Island of New Zealand to promote the program to schools locally there, and we have a team to help us expand the program across New Zealand.

We have had a very busy start to the year and are super excited to see what the entries come in. Register now tech girls, coaches and mentors for our 2017 program. 

Register now!

Our @Vocab_Voyagers hosted School Holidays #Perth Coding Workshop @stmarysags @TechnologyOne #techgirls #STEM

Guest blog post by Kira Molloy

Vocabulary Voyagers and Technology Captain

St Marys Anglican Girls School

A 4-day coding workshop during the summer holidays was offered to students in Years 7-10. This was a student lead workshop run by Technology Captain 2017, Kira Molloy as well as girls from Year 12 who gave up time out of their schoolholidays to assist her. These girls were Molly Brades, Sayalee Tak and DelaneyEastabrook. During this course, girls learnt how to not only code an app but also important entrepreneurial skills such as pitching, writing a business plan, branding and marketing. Industry experts from Avanade, Microsoft and Fogarty Foundation as well as inspiring women in STEM such as Lyn Beazley and Michelle Sandford also volunteered to help the girls and delivered insights into what its like to work in technology and the ever-growing importance that technology plays in our society.

By the fourth day, the girls’ apps were impressive and you could see their excitement as their apps started to come to life. The girls have big goals such as putting their apps onto the Google Play Store, which is a goal I know they will achieve. The final day ended with a ‘pitch-off’ where each team pushed through their nerves and pitched their apps in an attempt to win a waterproof and shockproof speaker each, as kindly donated by Technology One or a Selfie stick each for second prize as kindly donated by Avanade. The pitches were judged by experts from Microsoft and Avanade and a winner was chosen. Even though not all girls won they each walked away with other gifts such as pens, goodie bags and Frisbees as donated by Technology One, Avanade and Tech Girls Movement.

These girls have shown great potential and a weekly meeting will be held throughout the year so that they can keep developing their apps before entering their apps into the National Competition Search for the Next Tech Girls Superhero and later the global Technovation competition where if they are successful will accompany team Vocabulary Voyagers to Silicon Valley. We look forward to seeing what the girls produce in the next few months to come.

We at the Tech Girls Movement are so very proud of our #techgirls running this successful workshop!

Celebrating #IWD17: Superhero Daughter Day Challenges Stereotypes in Tech #techgirls #STEM @DCC_au @coderfactory @technologyone

Celebrating International Womens Day in March: Superhero Daughter Day Challenges Stereotypes in Tech


Women’s job site Diverse City Careers together with us here at the non-profit Tech Girls Movement are determined to challenge gender bias and stereotypes in technology through a bold initiative aimed at primary school girls.  Held to celebrate International Women's Day, Superhero Daughter Day promotes technology as a career path of choice for young women in a fun and interactive environment.

Women are vastly underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) and new research shows that gender bias and stereotypes take form and can impact career choices as early as at the age of 6.

“Challenging these conceptions at an early age is crucial to ensure the future pipeline of STEM professionals has a gender balance that reflects the society we live in” says Gemma Lloyd, Diverse City Careers Cofounder.

After the success of the inaugural Superhero Daughter Day held in Brisbane in 2016, Diverse City Careers and Tech Girls Movement are rolling out this event across Australia along with Auckland in 2017.  On a Saturday afternoon in March, over 1500 girls and their guardians will meet female role models in tech, learn about interesting careers in the industry, and participate in creative games and enjoy cupcakes.

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen, Founder and CEO of the Tech Girls Movement has evidence that showcasing role models and giving girls hands on skills can influence their chosen career pathways, “our research shows events like Superhero Daughter Day can impact as many as 60% of attendees to consider a career in STEM when they may not have otherwise,” says Dr Beekhuyzen.

Superhero Daughter Day is a not-for-profit event organised by volunteers and partner organisations across Australia have stepped forward to pledge their support with venues and facilitation of activities. Supporters include Auckland University of Technology Colab, Accenture, Charles Darwin University, Coder Factory Academy, CORE Education, Dr Sue Pillans, Enterprize, Inspiring Australia, Next Gen Health & Lifestyle Club, OMGTech!, She#, TechnologyOne, University of Adelaide and Zendesk, and many more.

Activities will vary from state to state and are designed to spark excitement through games and mini-workshops. Dan Siepen, Coder Factory Academy cofounder says,
“STEM-related activities have always been portrayed as difficult to teach kids. What makes Superhero Daughter Day special is that it demystifies the complexity to undertake STEM-related training and activities. To have parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles learning together with the girls is a highly rewarding experience and it’s exactly what Australia needs to encourage more STEM professionals, particularly women in tech.”

In just two weeks, Superhero Daughter Day was booked out in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth with tickets disappearing fast in Adelaide, Auckland, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Auckland.

For more details and to book tickets, please click here

Contacts for media quotes:

Diverse City Careers

Gemma Lloyd

0413 130 067

gemma@diversecitycareers.com

Tech Girls Movement

Jenine Beekhuyzen

0405 272 068

jenine@techgirlsmovement.org

About Tech Girls Movement
Founded by Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen in 2014, the Tech Girls Movement, is a non-profit organisation promoting positive female information technology role models to encourage and raise awareness of technology careers options for girls. For more info visit www.techgirlsmovement.org

About Diverse City Careers (DCC)

DCC is a social enterprise focused on supporting women to pursue rewarding careers across a variety of sectors. DCC is Australia’s only job site that screens employers before they can advertise based on their policies and culture around gender equality and women’s careers. DCC also runs eventscampaigns and offer free resources for professional development.

About Coder Factory Academy

Coder Factory Academy is Australia's premier technology educator offering engaging coding courses for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Since 2013, Coder Factory Academy has helped hundreds of people curious about coding fulfill their tech dreams. Today, they offer a wide range of weekend workshops, short courses, school programs, corporate and teacher training, and Australia's only accredited coding bootcamp.

Introducing #Altair #superhero #techgirls #STEM #IWD17 @google @femeconomy

Who is #Altair?

Altair sees the future. She knows that every girl has the potential to solve Earth's current and future problems. She can multiply and become many girls simultaneously. Because of this, Altair looks like any girl and every girl. Altair can take over communication channels. And she can fly.

Why is Altair on Earth? 

Altair comes from a planet of gender equality. As written by the United Nations, "Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world." Altair has experienced the creation of gender equality on her planet and knows if you help the girl, you help the community. While Altair is on Earth she plans to create a Virtual Reality of her world for people to experience her gender equal planet.

What does Altair look like?
You! She looks like every Australian school girl. Altair amplifies your goals and dreams. No matter where you live in Australia, what cultural group your family stems from, or how much money is in your bank account, you as an Australian school girl could be Altair.

How can you become Altair?
Tell us your personal goals and your wishes for your community. Email us by Monday 27 February with one of the following:

  • Grab a superhero mask, a webcam and record a video.
  • An email outlining your thoughts
  • A photo of you holding up a sign stating a goal or wish. Superhero mask is always a bonus.
  • In addition to your email, post your entry on social media and tag #Altair.

Where can you see Altair?
On International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8 March. As Altair has the power to take over communication channels, you will see your Altair and many others by searching for Femeconomy or Tech Girls are Superheroes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

How can you support Altair?
We will be sharing Altair’s official launch at Google Headquarters in Sydney on the above social media channels. Be inspired by some amazing young girls who are already changing the world with their apps thanks to the Tech Girls Movement Foundation.

Amplify Altair’s voice by sharing content using #Altair.

Join the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition - launching 8th March. Stay tuned!

Calling all #techgirls #VR training #innovation #STEM @academyxi #inspiration #superheroes

Academy Xi is running a training program for juniors who have an interest in creation, invention, problem-solving and changing the world. 

The training program will involve units in Virtual Reality Design, User Experience Design, and more. We're currently testing the VR Design part of the program and looking for juniors to participate. 

Juniors must be between the ages of 14 to 18 years old. Participants are welcome anytime from now until the end of February. 

Participants will go through a complimentary VR demo and then complete a survey post experience. 

To participate, email Victoria at victoria@academyxi.com :)

Back to school awesomeness! Announcing 4 new #techgirls superhero stories - 2nd edition of our book #techgirls #STEM @oneplanetwoman @womenindigital

Back to school! 2017! It's going to be a fabulous year.

We are super excited to kick off 2017 with a new edition of Tech Girls Are Superheroes 2 - with 4 brand new stories featuring 8 new superheroes from Australia and New Zealand!

Get your hands on a new copy of our book for your school and your students and read about the new adventures of our latest Tech Girl Superheroes!

Meet our very own Dame of Drones Dr. Catherine Ball a.k.a. Ariel Grace; our newest team from New Zealand, featuring Elyse, Anna, Alyona and Ginger as MysTech, Euresi, Lingua Franca and Alya. Also meet Vanessa and Julie aka Simplifica and Crosswalk; and Holly Tattersall as Harmony Helper. We hope you enjoy our latest superhero adventures!

Order your free bulk copies for your school here.

Girls - order your free edition here.

Partnership with Girls Invent @girlsinventAU #techgirls #STEM #innovation #superheroes #inspiration

TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A REAL BUSINESS

At the Tech Girls Movement, we are excited to announce our partnership with Girls Invent!

We are proud to partner with Girls Invent to support our tech girls to turn their app prototype creations into viable businesses. After competing in our 12-week entrepreneurship program / Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, we invite our teams to register at www.girlsinvent.com.au/inventions/

Do you think your tech idea is the next BIG THING?

Large companies often contact Girls Invent seeking new ideas to further develop, so if you would like to find a way to see your idea become a real product that is sold to customers then register it today.

Like to see how some amazing girls who did the Girls Invent program have partnered with Johnson and Johnson? Then watch this video.youtube.com/watch?v=-8YrtPe9UT0

Stay tuned for more details on our joint activites in 2017!

Our CEO Jewella named 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year #techgirls #STEM @griffithsciences @griffithuniversity

Congratulations to our Founder & CEO Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen for being awarded as the 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year.

Jenine has a long history with Griffith University, studying her undergraduate and doctorates in the Faculty of Engineering, and establishing a successful mentoring program as a Founding member of the Computing and ICT Alumni Chapter in 2001.

We couldn't be prouder of our very own Jewella's achievements in bringing the Tech Girls Movement to life.

Check out the EcoFeet App! Our #techgirls saving our #qld #environment through smart choices #STEM #innovation #superheroes

THE ECOFEET APP CREATED BY TEAM ECOCHICKS IS A FUN GAME THAT COMBINES EDUCATION OF POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICES WITHIN A FUN CONTEXT.  

See them on ABC News October 2016

Profits generated from the small purchase fee will be donated to selected environmental programs. The team’s vision is that EcoFeet will influence people to make smart choices to minimise their impact on the environment and animals we share it with.

Upon completion of the prototype the team for the TechGirls Are Superheroes competition they shared their pitch video on the school facebook page, with teachers, families and leaders of Tangalooma EcoMarines (a registered charity who work to improve the water quality of waterways and adjacent environs throughout southeast Queensland).  Tangalooma EcoMarines were so impressed with the girls App which helped to ‘spread the word’ about making smart environmental decisions, they shared the pitch video on their website immediately.  One of our team members, Lily Pitman was a finalist in a Healthy Waterways competition in July and proudly told them about her next project: the EcoFeet App which they also shared on their website.  The girls have also been contacted by Urban Utilities who would like to meet the team behind the App and discuss other ideas they have to improve the local environment in which we live.  The girls have been overwhelmed with the support and encouragement received for their App which they know will fill a big gap in the market and the marketing campaign hasn’t even commenced yet !


The girls are taking a well-earned break after completing their TGM submission but have lots of friends asking when the App will be available as they are keen to download and play it so stay tuned for the release date which is coming soon…….

#Melbourne @Xero showcase w @trentinnes @philipdalidakis #techgirls #STEM

On Sunday the 2nd of October, we had a fun showcase event at the post-industrial Xero HQ in Melbourne. With more than 100 attendees, including a number of teams who presented their apps on the day. Our VIC State Finalists Cars Connect from Bailik College and our TAS State Finalists From the Docks from St. Michael's Collegiate School led the other presenting teams for a fun afternoon.

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis and Xero Managing Director Trent Innes talked of the importance of supporting programs such as the Tech Girls Movement, and why we need to foster creativity and innovation in our next generation leaders. Laura Cardinal, Global GM - Xero Business gave inspiring advice that she would give her 10 year old self about working in technology. The main take-away advice, it's never too late to start!

A massive thanks to James O'Rielly from Xero who helped us host a fun, and super special end to our 2016 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition.

We will be back bigger than ever next year! Stay tuned :)

Our first Perth showcase - celebrating our National Winners at @Ignia_AU @Vocab_Voyagers @msandfor #techgirls #STEM

Guest Blog post by Donna Edwards, General Manager of Organisational Development, Ignia

On Thursday 29th September, Ignia proudly hosted our first ever Tech Girls are Superheroes showcase where we celebrated all 12 teams who submitted apps from WA this year. 

Originally an event for WA had not been planned, but with such a fantastic response to the competition, Ignia wanted to make sure all the girls had a chance to demonstrate their apps and celebrate what a great job they had done.   

With a sold out event and 50 attendees, 5 of the teams set up displays to demonstrate their applications. 

The 'We Serve' team from Penrhos College went above and beyond with their display going pink themed with posters, streamers and lollies. Their app promotes community service activities for students to participate in.

With another 3 teams from Penhros in attendance and setting up fantastic displays, the teachers and mentors in attendance were clearly very proud of what the girls had been able to achieve throughout the past year.

Also presenting their apps (from Penrhos College)  were:
Team 'Tutor4U' 
Team 'Pin Point My Pet' and
Team 'eDiary'

Tech girl Superhero Michelle Sandford (aka ICT Angel) and I formally introduced the evening and gave some background on the Tech Girls Are Superheroes program and the accolades that Jenine has been receiving for the brilliant job she is doing!  

Quote from Michelle "This is the largest number of entrants from WA that we have ever seen, and we were extremely impressed by how much they had achieved on their first attempt, especially as many of them were only 13 years of age. There was a wide range of apps and I was delighted by everything they had created. There is clearly a large range of talent in WA and we were excited to see what was entered into this years competition"


Michelle announced the Finalists around the country with a special shout out to the WA State runners up teams ‘Pin Point My Pet’ and ‘We Serve’ both from Penrhos College. She presented the certificates to all the WA teams that participated.

With much excitement and surprise, Michelle then announced that the National Winners for 2016 were ‘Vocabulary Voyagers’ from St Mary's Anglican Girls School!

Kira and Delaney, the creators of Vocabulary Voyagers were completely shocked and excited and had some very proud parents to watch! Teale was travelling in Europe so missed out in the celebration unfortunately.  Kira and Delaney then did a presentation to the group which included their app pitch video

After a few happy snaps, attendees then broke away to spend more time with all of the teams and the demos. There was plenty of chatting, demonstrating, questions and of course food and drinks!

It was a fabulous event and a huge congratulations to all the teams that entered the competition, and of course our very own Vocabulary Voyagers who will now be off to San Francisco with sponsorship from Technology One to showcase their app to the world!

A massive thank you to Ignia for hosting this event.

Sydney Superhero showcase fun @MSAU @vocab_voyagers @readingrepublic #techgirls #STEM

On the 29th of September, we hosted our Sydney showcase at Microsoft. We announced the National Finalists - Team Vocabulary Voyagers from WA won the Secondary award, and Reading Republic from NSW won the Primary award. Marin Explorers from SA won the highly commended award.

 

We had many special guests including the five teams that pitched...

Let Me Know - NSW Runners Up Primary - Gymea Bay Public School

Reading Republic - NSW State Finalists Primary - St Philip Neri School

Messing with the Murry - NSW entrants - Gol Gol Public School

Amuse - NSW State Finalists Secondary - Nagle College

Cars Connect - VIC State Finalists Secondary - Bailik College

We also had presentations from Haneesha Nimmagadda and Krystal NG from Microsoft, Robyn Elliot from Fairfax Media, Sally-Ann Williams from Google. Magformers were on display, and the Australian Computer Society came along to help out. 

Parents had a great time supporting their teams.

We were also filmed by Darren for ABC Good Game Spawn Point - stay tuned - it airs soon.

Photos from Michael Fakiye and Tech Girls Movement.

We can't wait for next year!