Inspirational Technology Achievements Recognised in Melbourne, Victoria

The Tech Diversity Awards, led by Deidre Diamante, Principal at Mia Consulting, highlights and celebrates the amazing achievements of key leaders who are committed and proactive in promoting diversity within the technology sector.

On Wednesday night, a 400-strong audience of Victoria’s digital technology industry experts gathered
at the Peninsula Shed 14 in the Docklands to congratulate leaders within the categories of Government, Media and Advertising, Education and Business.

The key note speaker, Solange Cunin, aged 24 launched CUBERIDER a program which resulted in the first ever Australian payload making its way into space. Solange made space history when she championed 40 NSW high schools to prepare a piece of hardware that inevitably ran 60 experiments to the international space station. Solange is a true representation of the commitment and desire to use technology and collaborative thinking to take Australia to the international stage. With her second payload about to launch to the international space station in just 12 days she is a huge inspiration to us all.

If this isn’t impressive enough the award nominations and category winners highlight further the tremendous people and programs driving change in the tech diversity space.

• Business Category winner “Power to Her” Vodaphone Hutchinson Australia has numerous programs aimed at addressing the gender gap between male and female representation in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) including initiatives like “Bring your daughter to work” and “Coding Camp”.

• Homeward Bound (Dattner Grant) won the Education Category for their global leadership, strategic and science initiative that equipped 76 women from a multitude of disciplines with scientific backgrounds to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision making of intersecting challenges through annual scientific voyages to Antarctica. This was the largest expedition of women in science to travel to Antarctica with 80 selected to voyage in February 2018.

• Government – Remya Ramesh and team established the Seamless Web Accessibility group (SEAMLESS) which allows government employees to train and upskill their teams to help deliver fully accessible websites. In 2 years, this initiative has raised the standard of more than 50 local government website projects in Australia.

• Media and Advertising – Valeria Ignatieva and Gemma Lloyd of Diverse City Careers developed a job platform driving empowerment of women into technology careers.

To see all the nominations and amazing work being heralded by the Tech Diversity Awards, please visit: techdiversity.com.au If you feel you have an inspirational program that promotes diversity and inclusion in technology be sure to contact Deidre Diamante at MIA Consulting.