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Industry experts to show teachers all about tech

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, ShadowTech, TechWomen

Following the national success of ShadowTech for students, TechwomenNZ and CreateOps is this week running a ShadowTech day for teachers for the first time.

The ShadowTech day for teachers will be held on Wednesday which will create an opportunity for teachers to gain first hand understanding as greater responsibility falls on teachers to pass on tech skills to students.

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ShadowTech wins award – go women in tech!

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, ShadowTech, TechWomen

The TechWomen programme ShadowTech won the engaging youth in ICT gong at the annual New Zealand CIO awards in Auckland last night.

The initiative run by TechWomen, part of the NZTech community, provides years 9 to 11 schoolgirls an opportunity to experience what working in a tech job is like, encouraging them onto education pathways that lead into tech related roles. Only 23 percent of New Zealand females work in tech, the fastest growing sector in New Zealand.

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ShadowTech tackles gender imbalance

Jackie Clark
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ShadowTech, TechWomen

“Right now there’s a gender imbalance in the tech industry.  The sector employs more than 120,000 people, but only 23 percent are women.  I want that to change.  It needs to be much higher,” said Minister Clare Curran at yesterday’s Wellington launch of ShadowTech.

Yesterday, 200 secondary school girls met at Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity to experience a diverse range of tech careers for the day.  The Wellington ShadowTech event was the first in a nationwide series.

“Sorting the gender imbalance can only be good for the sector and the country.  I want young girls to see there’s a future for them in tech and I hope ShadowTech Day encourages and inspires them to study and work in this field,” said Minister Curran.

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Launch pad for next generation of female tech leaders

Jackie Clark
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ShadowTech, TechWomen

‘Women in tech’ is unfortunately not a phrase heard often enough. We are all aware of the gender divide between men and women in IT, but instead of asking ‘how can we fix it?’ we tend to get stuck in the negative mindset of the ‘that’s just the way it is’. If you are working in the New Zealand tech sector, there is an opportunity to help change the future of women in the industry, through an inspirational initiative from NZTech, ShadowTech Day.

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Research needed for more women get into tech careers

Jackie Clark
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Industry News, ShadowTech, Skills & Talent, TechWomen

New Zealand needs more research on why younger generations of women are not considering a career in Tech and why we see a high dropout of women dropout of the workforce, a NZTech leader says.

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Insights of a ShadowTech Day Mentor

Jackie Clark
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Careers in Technology, ShadowTech, Skills & Talent, TechWomen

Eva Sherwood is an Account Executive at Oracle New Zealand, and serves on the Board of NZTech as a representative for major corporates. She began her career in I.T. in 2007, after studying degrees in Psychology and Business, then completing a post-grad diploma in Software Testing. Eva’s passionate about encouraging more young women to consider careers in the tech sector. She first became a ShadowTech Day mentor in 2016. Here, she shares a few of her experiences so far:

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Fresh push to get more women into IT

Jackie Clark
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ShadowTech, TechWomen

Efforts to encourage women into software programming and other parts of the tech industry are going up a notch.

Industry body NZTech is doubling the size of its ShadowTech Days mentoring programming, which will this year pair 500 high school girls with women already in the industry, after receiving funding from the Ministry of Youth Development.

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2017 Work Programme

Jackie Clark
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter, ShadowTech, Working with Government

NZTech’s vision is a prosperous New Zealand, underpinned by technology.  The NZTech team is running a number of initiatives in 2017 to help achieve this.

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NZTech UPDATE – Techweek’17 and a call for ShadowTech mentors

Jackie Clark
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NZTech Newsletter, ShadowTech

Hi Readers,

Techweek’17 is almost here.  When I think back to a year ago when we committed to expanding Techweek from a calendar of Auckland events to a truly national festival, we knew it would be a challenge.  With very limited funding we approached this year as our MVP.  The goal was to engage tech communities throughout New Zealand and create a national experience.

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Increased commitment for diversity needed

Jackie Clark
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ShadowTech, TechWomen

Over the last couple of years, you may have noticed an increased dialogue and attentiveness in the media around the lack of diversity in tech, mainly the gender gap. However, the discussion hasn’t translated into results and data is showing a widening gender gap across the industry. Despite this, we are seeing an increased commitment for diversity in tech from several organisations, but we need more. NZTech Women is helping lead the charge and I’m proudly part of this inspiring group. As Eva Sherwood recently highlighted, we have come together from all facets of the tech sector to make a real impact through several key initiatives.

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