Keynote 2017 – Debunking Diversity

If feels like every week there’s a new report about the lack of diversity in tech companies or a new organisation working on how to make the industry more diverse.

A report from the University of Sydney shows the future of tech companies may face the same lack of talent and diverse talent as students studying Maths & Science in NSW HSC has declined. The number of students not taking any Maths or Science has increased – from 2.1% (male) and 5.4% (female) in 2001 to 5.9% (male) and 14.6% (female) in 2014.

Diversity brings different perspectives to teams. From our collective experiences we have observed that teams’ gender imbalances constrain them from being as great as they can be. Without balance and diversity, an organisation’s culture and problem solving abilities suffer and are less likely to build and deliver great outcomes.

So even though women make up more than 50% of our population, why are they are so under-represented in the technology industry?

This talk aims to equip you with the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of this challenge and demonstrate ‘how’ you and your organisation can work to address it. The content of the talk is based on a combination of research and real-life case studies aiming to provide you with take-aways to action as soon as you get back to your desk.

Our speakers will be:

Paula NgovPaula Burton (Ngov) -Community Engagement at DiUS, Founder of Beauty of Tech, Co-Founder of Flying Robot School




Shennae SearleShennae Searle – Enrichment, Extension & Talent Program Coordinator at Beaumaris North Primary School, Educational Consultant at MENSA, holds a Masters in Education and currently completing her Doctorate research on “How can Australian Primary Schools better engage primary school aged girls in STEM?”



We will include Q&A after the keynote as always and welcome any input from those who actively make efforts at their company at ensure a diverse representation at their organisation.

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