SuperDaughter Day (SDD) is coming to Auckland! Join us as we explore the exciting world of STEM through a range of activities.
About SuperDaughter Day SuperDaughter
Day is an annual International Women’s Day Event hosted by WORK180.
Since 2016, over 3000 girls aged 5-12 years old became superheroes along
with the parents, exploring the exciting world of STEM (science,
technology, engineering, maths).
The girls participated in a wide range of hands-on activities, including:
Magformers, Cubetto Robots and Ozobots
Interactive Bug Displays
Lego Mind Storms
Visit from NAO the Humanoid Robot
Jewelbots and interactive unicorn horns
Apart from participating in engaging workshops, the girls also have an opportunity to meet inspiring female role models, enjoy cupcakes and receive a goodie bag to take home. The event is held in capital cities in Australia and New Zealand. We are 100% not-for-profit.
WiDS Wellington is an independent event organised by Victoria University of Wellington to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.
The Global WiDS Conference aims to inspire and educate data
scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the
This one-day conference provides an opportunity to hear about the
latest data science related research and applications in a number of
domains, and connect with others in the field.
Please save the date (all day) for a stimulating day of talks for
practicing data scientists (and professionals in related fields) as well
as those considering a career in data science.
When and Where
Saturday 9 March 2019 8:30am – 6:16pm
Rutherford House 23 Lambton Quay Pipitea campus, Victoria University Wellington
Increasing gender diversity in business is a key part of success. Studies have shown that a more motivated, diverse thinking team deliver increased sales, customer satisfaction, better margins AND more innovation.
But increasing diversity is an outcome, not an action itself. In this seminar, two tech leaders will discuss the practical actions and steps they’ve taken at their companies to be a more inclusive workplace and increase diversity.
This is NOT an event for women alone – its aimed at all business leaders who want some practical ideas on how to ensure their workforce better reflects the wider market, and see the value in a better balanced team. From recruitment, to onboarding, to retention, Amanda and Eva will talk through some ideas that you can apply in your own businesses.
Our main speaker Amanda Santos is a high-growth CEO, sales expert and sought-after business advisor, providing governance and strategic support to over 150 enterprises within New Zealand.
Formerly Chief Executive of Tekron, a global market-leader in high-precision atomic and GPS precision timing hardware for power, telecommunications and enterprise industries, Amanda is unafraid to break the traditional CEO stereotype and inspires others to do the same.
We are very excited to have Kate Newton from RNZ at this month’s meetup.
Description: R has rapidly become a coding language of choice for journalists around the world who create “data journalism”. In this workshop, we’ll explore what data journalism is, how R helps journalists to tell those data stories, and then collectively hack the code behind a recent story published by RNZ that used data analysis and visualisations as part of the reporting process.
Bio: Kate Newton has been a journalist for a decade and is currently a reporter for RNZ’s new In Depth team (https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/in-depth/368436/universities-face-a-crisis-of-the-humanities), which focuses on long-form and investigative journalism. Known among her colleagues for being “good at maths” (an extremely low bar in journalism), she has only recently discovered R and its power as a data journalism tool. She is gradually learning and incorporating R into her research and reporting, including publishing her extremely messy code so she can learn from the veterans!
Wahoo! It’s the last Refactor for the year. We’re so excited to welcome speakers Natasha Lampard, Uttara Nataraj and Vic Jack. We’re back at the amazing Warren & Mahoney studio in Wynyard Quarter. Read on to learn more or grab your ticket now!
Natasha Lampard (@tashmahal) is the co-founder and director of Webstock; co-founder of Lil Regie and creator of Extraordinary Tales of Strength & Daring. Natasha fell in love with the web and its possibilities in 1999 and has been working on it in various capacities, ever since. She now wears a number of hats including event manager, designer, writer, usability advocate and entrepreneur. She loves soup, the work of Joan Hickson as Miss Marple and the creation of delightful spaces – both online and IRL.
Uttara (Utts) is currently working as an Agency Development Manager at Google NZ, where she works with New Zealand’s top independent agencies and their small to medium business clients, to help them grow using Google products. Utts is an Engineer by background (she studied Engineering Science and The University of Auckland) and prior to Google was working in Management Consulting at EY for six years across Sydney and Auckland. Over this time she worked on numerous projects across various industry sectors including: FMCG, Retail, Media, Real Estate, Airlines, Government and Power & Utilities. Utts is also a big advocate of mentoring and has been a mentor for the UoA Business School Women’s Mentoring Programme for the past two years. On the weekends you’ll likely find Utts exploring art galleries and eating her way around Auckland!
Vic has a background in advertising and design from London and was part of the digital boom in the late 90’s where she worked as UX Designer. And advocate for life-learning she returned to University in 2014 to complete a Masters in Design. She works on projects that embrace systems thinking and sustainable business practices that provide real social impact. A future thinker, Vic has a comprehensive knowledge of nascent technologies that include blockchain technology, IOT, AI and machine learning. She is a strong advocate of decentralised technology that provides us with the mechanism to have increased control and sovereignity over our own data. She is the founder of Maslow, a boutique recruitment agency that focuses on attracting, engage and retaining women into positions of management and leadership inside the creative and tech industries.
When and Where
Wednesday 21 November 2018, 6-8:30pm
Warren & Mahoney Architects
139 Pakenham Street West
Premiere screening of Geek Girls a documentary film by Gina Hara.
The hidden half of nerd culture.
Geek Girls is the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women. Although geeky communities have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis.
Filmmaker Gina Hara addresses this oversight by delving into a world of professional gamers, cute dresses, fake names, and death threats; she follows her subjects through the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of ostracization while also exploring her own struggles with her geek identity.
Gina Hara was born in Budapest, Hungary. She is an acclaimed filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology, interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture.
For the first time in Auckland, Gina Hara will attend a screening of her documentary Geek Girls for a Q&A after the session.
WITcon is a conference designed to bring students and industry together to discuss technical and social topics surrounding STEM.
VUWWIT (Victoria University of Wellington Women in Tech) exists to create a space for women and non-binary voices in STEM. We connect students to industry by running networking events and sharing job and internship opportunities. We also organise social events to build our community.
We have a limited number of tickets available for those who need financial assistance, thanks to our sponsors. We never want money to be a barrier for learning and engaging in this industry. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if this applies to you.
PechaKucha Night Christchurch is teaming up with Christchurch City Council to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and Conservation Week with a night of quick-fire talks by some amazing women!
We are proud to bring you a collection of local women including a marine biologist working with the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, an adventurer who returned from a 29-day expedition across the Greenland Icecap, a young musician speaking on the power of rest and creativity, an entrepreneur starting a podcast focused on women change-makers, a writer working on a book about women and World II and more.
María Jesús Valdés Hernández // Marine Biologist // Working with the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins
Amy Johnston Bray // Interpretation and Exhibition Designer // Conversation is about conservation-engaging the public to act
Victoria Metcalf // Scientist // Celebrating the unlovable and the unseen
Jo Bailey // Writer, Author and Editor // Writing, Women and World II
Rebecca(Bek) Tavete// Founder ARGO beach Co-working Limited // A Contribution to Sustainability
Hollie Woodhouse // Adventurer, Designer + Daydreamer // Be your own Movement Maker and more.
When and Where
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Doors open 6:30pm, event starts 7:30pm
(Ilex café open for drinks and snacks)
Botanic Garden’s Visitor Centre Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
Join us for the next Wāhine in Tech Wellington event for an engaging discussion about careers in tech.
We have gathered a group of kick ass women for the discussion panel, all of whom have had really interesting journeys in the tech industry. Come armed with your own questions or discussion points, and let’s get the conversation started.
Is the tech industry a welcoming place for women? What kind of treatment should be expected? What does success look like? How do we make it a better space in which to progress and flourish? How do we make it more inclusive for underrepresented people?
About our panellists:
aurynn is the founder of Eiara, a DevOps consultancy based out of Wellington, New Zealand, focussing on helping clients develop technical DevOps capability, and the cultural knowledge to use it.
With over a decade as a professional software developer, aurynn’s expertise ranges from modern cloud deployments to massively parallel supercomputer environments.
As the defining voice of the ideas of “contempt culture”, aurynn is working to change the very nature of how we create new technologies, and the questions that we must answer as we do.
Hiria Te Rangi
Hiria loves her community and loves technology, so Kaiwhakahaere (CEO) for WhareHauora was a natural role for her.
With 15 years in tech with numerous technical and business roles in open data, open source, digital technologies and infrastructure, Hiria relishes the middle ground that Whare Hauora holds for Aotearoa.
Whare Hauora’s ability to go into a Marae, Community centres or schools to teach low income families about Whare Sensors, how to build them and how they can help whānau make informed decisions about how their home affects their health, brilliantly marries Hiria’s two loves and she is very happy to talk to you about them.
Tamara is a passionate people and culture consultant in the tech industry with a background in entrepreneurship, service design and delivery, and people leadership. She balances consulting with working part time for CoLiberate, a local business delivering Mental Health First Aid training. Tamara brings a mental health and wellbeing focus to her work in the tech industry, and is particularly interested in how we can support people in marginalised groups
Refactor has an amazing international line-up for August. We’re so excited to welcome Lara Hogan and Deepa Subramaniam all the way from New York, and they will be joined by HYPR’s Gillian Clark. We’re back at the amazing Warren & Mahoney studio in Wynyard Quarter.
Lara Callender Hogan (@lara_hogan) is an engineering leader, coach, and consultant at Wherewithall. She is also the author of Designing for Performance (O’Reilly, 2014), Building a Device Lab (Five Simple Steps, 2015), and Demystifying Public Speaking (A Book Apart, 2016). Lara champions engineering management as a practice, having built and led engineering organizations as an Engineering Director at Etsy and VP of Engineering at Kickstarter. In her world tour to advocate performance to designers and developers alike, Lara has keynoted the Velocity Conference, presented at Google I/O, and given talks at companies like The New York Times to help shift them toward a culture of performance. While at Etsy, Lara co-created the initial physical device labs, and co-authored a tutorial and book for companies interested in building their own lab. Lara also believes it’s important to celebrate career achievements with donuts.
Deepa Subramaniam (@iamdeepa) has spent 15+ years leading large product teams to collaboratively build innovative digital products with mass reach. She is the co-founder of Wherewithall, an advising company dedicated to helping tech startups and non-profits strategize, grow and execute with ease. Deepa is on the Board of Directors for DonorDrive which has helped worthy causes raise over $1 billion. Prior to Wherewithall, Deepa was Vice President of Product and Design at Kickstarter. Before Kickstarter, she was the Director of Product at Hillary for America where she helped lead product for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign focusing on online fundraising, hillaryclinton.com and bespoke policy and rapid response digital products. Before Hillary for America, Deepa led product at charity: water, a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean water to the developing world. She started her career at Adobe, first as a Computer Scientist and later as a principle product manager on Creative Cloud. She champions data-driven design iteration, achieving high-velocity team output in fast-paced environments, and building collaboration and joy into company culture.
Gillian Clark (@gillian_clark) is the CEO of HYPR Innovation. She has spent her entire career in IT after giving up on the idea of being a Flying Doctor in Australia after realising she couldn’t stand the sight of blood or vomit! She needed something that involved less bodily fluids, and IT sounded pretty safe. Little did she know the horrors of some projects felt like she really was metaphorically cleaning up messes!After completing a Computing Science degree (having the dubious honour of using a Hollerith Punch machine to write her Cobol code), her career path went through a traditional route of programmer to analyst to IT Manager then to CIO and then out to Consulting. Gillian has always been searching for a better way to do things. Those messes kept on turning up, and she wanted to find a way to make them smaller, more manageable, or even not happen. She began a journey of discovery of a Lean/Agile mindset, taking her to SAFe® (one of 50 SAFe® trainers in the world). This way of working was so inspiring that she formed HYPR so she could share her experience with others, and has now helped over 90 companies develop better software.