We’re looking at inspiring women in the Australian ICT sector to celebrate Girls in ICT Day.
27 April 2017
We're looking at inspiring women in the Australian ICT sector to celebrate Girls in ICT Day.
Happy Girls in ICT Day!
While the Australian ICT sector continues to grow, with over 600,000 new jobs expected to be created by 2020, women make up only 28% of the Australian ICT workforce. This growth presents an opportunity for greater participation of women in the ICT sector.
Held annually on the fourth Thursday of April, Girls in ICT Day is an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event designed to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the ICT sector.
We've profiled just a few of the many notable examples of successful women in the Australian ICT industry, who may inspire the next generation of girls and young women across Australia to pursue a career in ICT.
Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen
Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen's outlook on the importance of girls getting involved in ICT is perhaps most apparent in her series of books Tech Girls are Superheroes. The books profile women in IT, depicting them as superheroes to promote positive role models and to encourage and raise awareness of technology career options for girls. The book series is a part of the Tech Girls Movement, a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Beekhuyzen, which takes a focus on developing a more diverse IT workforce. Dr Beekhuyzen also runs several businesses including her own research consulting company, Adroit Research, and has written over 60 published peer reviewed papers, many of which are on the topic of gender and ICT.
Sonja Bernhardt (OAM)
The contributions of Sonja Bernhardt to the IT industry in Australia have been so significant that in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia. Sonja is one of the founders of Women in Technology (WiT), a leading technology industry association for women in Australia that offers development workshops, mentoring programs, networking events and other opportunities for women working in technology industries. Sonja is also the founder and CEO of ThoughtWare, a software development and project management business and was the first Australian inducted into the Women in Technology International (WiTi) Hall of Fame for her work in championing opportunities for women in ICT.
Pia Waugh is a self-described 'open government and open data ninja', who has worked in ICT across the public and private sectors for almost 20 years. Pia is currently a project manager at AUSTRAC and doing some digital transformation work for the New Zealand Government. She supports greater government transparency through open data, and believes that tech culture is highly important in achieving better policy outcomes, public engagement and a better public service in general. Whilst in the public sector, Pia rebooted and ran data.gov.au and the open data agenda, amongst other initiatives. In her spare time, Pia has been the presidents of Linux Australia and Software Freedom International, has contributed to several initiatives such as One Laptop Per Child and OSIA, and was the founder of GovHack (on the back of the original event by Web Directions), which is Australia's largest hackathon.