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! 

Media Release: @FinancialReview & @Westpac announce #100WomenofInfluence for 2016 #100WOI #techgirls #STEM

MEDIA RELEASE

12 October 2016

 

 

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac announce the 100 Women of Influence for 2016

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016. Dr. Beekhuyzen has been recognised in the Diversity category for her contribution to advocacy for women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

This is a great honour to be named among so many passionate and successful women. As I was nominated for the award by a mother of one of our tech girl competitors, I take the opportunity to influence our next generation of leaders very seriously”.

A gala awards evening celebrating these inspirational women and the resounding impact they have had within their chosen field will be held at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday, 27 October 2016.The 10 category winners and overall winner for the year will be announced on the evening. 

In its fifth year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are 10 categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Diversity, Business Enterprise, Young Leader, Global, Local/Regional, Innovation, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Social Enterprise/Not-for-profit. 

Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of well-regarded judges and have been recognised based on their exceptional ability to demonstrate innovation, vision, leadership and action in their fields. 

Ainslie van Onselen, Westpac’s Director of Women’s Markets, Diversity and Inclusion said: “Influence is the power to make change, and women across Australia are using this power to transform the country and to make an impact abroad – and we saw this in the calibre of this year’s nominees. It is an honour to be able to recognise and award the incredible work these women have made ongoing to our society.

“We know that women have the power and expertise to influence change. This year’s Women of Influence winners, such as Dr. Beekhuyzen, are an example of how women are not waiting for change; they are backing themselves and acting now to make a real impact.”

Joanne Gray, The Australian Financial Review BOSS Editor, said:  "It's not just a senior job title that confers influence - the women chosen as winners this year have gone above and beyond their roles to create a positive legacy. We are thrilled to be recognising this fresh cohort of extraordinary women." 

Australian women were nominated for the 2016 Awards in recognition of their outstanding work in their respective fields and ability to inspire those around them. The 2016 winners join an alumnus of 500 of Australia’s most inspiring women. 

For further information please visit: www.100womenofinfluence.com.au.  

Please join the conversation at #100WOI

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Westpac or www.facebook.com/financialreview
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Westpac or www.twitter.com/financialreview 

TGM Media Enquiries:

Akemi Cade - 0404 779 467 / Info@techgirlsmovement.org

Download a copy of this press release

100 Women of Influence Award Categories:

Board/Management

Public Policy

Diversity

Business Enterprise

Young Leader

Global

Local/Regional

Innovation

Arts, Culture and Sport

Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit

Entry and Judging Criteria

Candidates were judged on their demonstrated vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their field; their impact and how it was achieved. The judging panel gave consideration to:

Personal, academic, professional and community achievements.

Demonstrated performance in their field.

Demonstration of collaboration within and beyond their field, and a wider circle of influence than their direct role. 

How their influence has contributed to women’s social and economic advancement.

Involvement and contribution to Australian communities through collaboration and mentoring. 

Extent to which their contribution was achieved in new and creative ways.

Key Dates

Winners announced in The Australian Financial Review on 29 September 2016

Category winners and overall winner announced – Thursday, 27 October 2016 at a gala event held in Sydney’s Town Hall

For more information about the 2016 100 Women of Influence Awards, please visit www.100womenofinfluence.com.au 

Jewella interviewed by Paul Armistead (Disruptive Clarity) #techgirls #STEM #entrepreneurs @paularmistead

Paul Armistead spoke to Jenine (a.k.a. Jewella) in his podcast Disruptive Clarity about two very important things: why aren't there more girls in tech careers and how do we get more girls in tech? 

While studying and teaching in the field of Information Technology, Jenine noticed that something was stopping young women from studying in the areas of STEM and decided to try and find out why this was happening.  

        Ada Lovelace (Lego)

        Ada Lovelace (Lego)

Jenine discovered that the research says we lose girls attention and interest in STEM around the age of nine-years-old as this is when the media stereotypes kick in, and in co-ed schools, often boys will be more interested in these subjects than girls. This is exacerbated by a distinct lack of visible female role models and a lack of understanding of what technology people do.  

Alongside her teaching, Jenine has been running interventions and programs since 2002; one of these programs is a one-day event that brings girls onto a University campus and exposes them to Women in Tech doing interesting things and using technology in ways that they may not have considered before, as well as talking about their career options.  This bi-annual event is called Go Girl, Go For IT.

While running these events, Jenine also took part in researching how the programs were running and more importantly, if they were working.  The research team discovered that young women and girls are excited about the application of technology in other areas, not just technology for technology's sake. Solving real problems - this is something that particularly appeals to girls. 

              Go Girl, Go For IT

              Go Girl, Go For IT

Jenine spoke about the importance of choice in discovering or choosing a career.  Events such as the Go Girl, Go For IT event in Melbourne, had a turn-out of nearly 2, 000 girls, exposing them to Women in Tech.  

Research has shown that on average, after an event such as Go Girl, Go For IT, 60% of girls were not interested in tech before the event but they were afterwards. Events such as these give young women a choice in STEM that they might otherwise had never known existed.  

This all led to the creation of the Tech Girls Movement and the Tech Girls are Superheroes campaign.

 

Stars of the Sea - MarinExplorer - Highly Commended #SA #techgirls #STEM @birmo @KateEllisMP

Three young superheroes, year six students from Star of the Sea School, Henley Beach, South Australia, have created MarinExplorer, an app which helps beachcombers identify marine life or objects they see at the beach.  


This app has the potential to capture and share data about our beaches and marine life. 

MarinExplorer has been announced as the Tech Girls are Superheroes Highly Commended App in 2016.  
 

It is easy to learn how to use this app and even easier to use, in fact, people aged four and up can use this app!  All you have to do is find an object you wanted to identify & take a photo with the app  - not only does the app gives you the name of the object, but it also offers extensive information, including habitat, diet, & description.  

The app is free to download and extra features are being released over a number of phases.  

 

 

The app has five features - the photo  identifier (where the photo is uploaded to a web service to provide optical recognition), QR code (where you scan approved codes to access information about that item), an upload feature (where you post images to the web), a help feature (which tells you how to use the different functions and the different icons) and, a link to the Marine Discovery Centre (which gives you access to the Marine Discovery Centre gallery. 

It is a lovely application. The color composition and idea are beautifully represented (said one of the judges)

In their business plan, the app designers identified "that there is no way of accurately identifying the things that you come across", and this is how they came up with the idea for their app! Their comprehensive business plan also discussed competitor analysis, marketing (including market size, advertising, finance  and target audience) as well as how they  came up with their app name and logo.  

 

Team Vocabulary Voyagers interviewed by James Lush (720 ABC Perth Breakfast) #techgirls #STEM @vocab_voyagers

In the early hours of Friday morning on the 30th of September, two of the Vocabulary Voyagers app inventors (Delaney & Kira) and their teacher, Michelle Fitzpatrick, were interviewed by James Lush on radio 720 ABC Perth. 

The Tech Girl Superheroes are the National Winners of the 2016 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, with their app which is not only useful in targeting the areas of spelling, grammar, vocabulary and reading, but it's also lots of fun!  Read about the other winners here.

The app creators looked into NAPLAN results and discovered that the government is putting in a lot of money into trying to increase NAPLAN results but results are still plateauing, and they decided to choose a different way of presenting it to kids, that is, through gamification. 

The Tech Girl Team, who represent Western Australia as the Secondary State Finalists, also spoke about skills they have gained, such as coding, creating a business plan, improving their networking & public speaking skills.  

These experiences have built their confidence, and opened a lot of career paths for them that             they weren't initially expecting.  

Their teacher Michelle, spoke about how coding is now available in every single year group (from Junior all the way up to Year 10), as well as keeping the elective so that girls' can take their IT further than just compulsory IT. Vocabulary Voyagers are one of 12 teams that competed from WA, and since their WA Finalist win in 2015 they have been role models for young students at St. Mary's Anglican Girls' School.

In August 2017, Vocabulary Voyagers will represent Australia as Tech Girls Movement Ambassadors in all the way to San Francisco to pitch their business plan and app at the global Technovation Challenge! Thanks to Technology One for supporting us in this trip!