Programming Challenge 4 Girls

Programming Challenge 4 Girls Deakin University Burwood Campus Thursday 17th August 2017 PC4G is an event designed to introduce computer programming to Year 9/10 secondary school girls. It seeks to provide an opportunity for girls to experience programming and to understand the rewarding challenges that are provided through the combination of logic, problem-solving and creativity. Teams of 2 girls will complete a tutorial on the innovative 3D programming environment Alice (http://www.alice.org) and use their new found skills developing some fun animations in the morning. In the afternoon they will then create their own storyboard and develop their own animation. Schools are encouraged to send at least two teams who should be accompanied by a teacher. Whilst the challenge is underway, teachers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and familiarisation activities. The Programming Challenge 4 Girls was first conducted in 2008 in Auckland New Zealand.  Based on an earlier (1988) initiative Young Women’s Programming Contest (YWPC),  it has grown to become a nationwide and international event.  Read more about the history of this event. Vic ICT for Women encourages all of its members to promote participation by students from secondary colleges across metropolitan and regional areas. Visit the PC4G website at http://pc4g.org.nz to ‘Register Competitors’ by selecting the ‘Deakin University-Burwood‘ challenge site.

Women in Tech 2017

13-15 June 2017 Aerial UTS Function Centre Sydney Women in Tech is not an event about women in tech, it is for women in tech. Alongside the national push to bring the next age of economic prosperity for Australia, comes a collective effort to drive innovation across public and private sectors by increasing diversity. For organisations to remain competitive they must build the right conditions to encourage more women into, and advance those within the tech sector. VIC ICT for Women are proud to support Women in Tech, an event that brings together senior female ICT professionals from across all industries to facilitate opportunities to network, share experiences and discuss strategic solutions to the key challenges facing the sector. Full details on the event program can be found by downloading the conference brochure VIC ICT for Women members receive an additional 10% discount using promo code VICICT_10 when you register to attend.  

What’s Hot in IT

Living in the Cloud Tuesday, 30th May 2017 Deloitte, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne 5:30pm to 8:00pm Cloud Technology has revolutionised the way modern enterprises work. The agility, back-end efficacy, resource efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of cloud technology have made it a permanent part of the IT infrastructure. According to MIT, ‘Cloud Technology’ is the hottest buzzword in the industry. It appears 48 million times on the internet. What’s Hot in IT is an evening of networking & discussion in a friendly and informative atmosphere, to connect with Technology leaders who are utilising Cloud in many innovative ways. In a ‘round table’ format, our panel of Technology specialists will lead discussions to showcase wide range of technology topics associated with Cloud in its many forms. Our panel members include Raghavendra Bhat, Head of Technology – Digital Channels at ANZ Bank Marti Chance, Senior Product Specialist at Telstra Irene Evgeniadis, Senior Manager Standards Framework and Governance at NBN Co Paul Jones, CEO at Boolean – Technology Architect for Melbourne Airport and Victoria SES Eric Keser, CEO at Certitude Technology Risk Services – Cyber Security & Cloud Murad Khan, Director, Analytics & Information at Deloitte Wayne Morrison, Partner – Interactive Experience and Mobile (IX&M) Services at IBM Sara Ogston, Research Data Storage Manager, University of Melbourne Rajitha Rajasingham, Co-founder & Director of Oreta Nathan Wheat, Director, Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions at Deloitte Click here to find out more about our panel members Light supper and drinks will be served COST:   $65.00   ($35.00 for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter) Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate Proudly sponsored by Hosted by           

Importance of Women in IT

STOP PRESS:  Megan Smith from NBNCo joins us to talk about being your authentic self in the workplace. Unfortunately Robyn Bailey cannot join us for personal reasons. Being a female in IT is hard enough, but what if you’re also LGBTIQ?  Resilient, tenacious, and full of grit, with a unique insight to life that few people possess, Megan believes that anything is possible when you are authentically you. Come along to hear Megan’s amazing story. Thursday, 18th May ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites 7:30am – 8:45am Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 incl GST $15.00 incl GST for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate Megan Smith is a telecommunications professional with more than 18 years of experience acquired with Optus and NBN. She’s a Senior Technical Specialist at NBN Australia specialising in passive fibre optic telecommunication networks and associated access technologies. Megan also is a passionate advocate and leader to her community.  She serves as a board director of the Victorian Pride Centre, Chair of the ANZPATH Community Advisory Committee and broadcaster at JOY94.9 in Melbourne.  She is also Chair of the LGBTIQ network at NBN Australia, [email protected] Outside of her community activities she’s a parent to three boys, has a flair for photography, and is planning on returning to University studies. Proudly sponsored by Hosted by

Importance of Women in IT

Being BOLD in making a Difference Thursday, 20th April ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites 7:30am – 8:45am Light refreshments provided on arrival Speaker: Permenthri Pillay Come along to hear Permenthri  cover her bold journey in business, her passion for making a difference and how she has combined both in focusing on the Public Sector work. Permenthri Pillay is VP and Partner at IBM. She leads the Public Sector business for IBM Global Business Services for Australia/ New Zealand. She will share her experience in South Africa work on Public Participation in the creation of South Africa’s Post-apartheid constitution, transformation of the City of Cape Town and her work in Public Sector in Australia. Permenthri will tell us how she navigated this journey as a woman, and why today presents such an enormous opportunity to create a different dialogue and continue to make a difference in all that we do. $40.00 incl GST $15.00 incl GST for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate

Importance of Women in IT

Becoming ‘Quietly Powerful’ at work… Have you ever felt like your ideas are not heard or taken seriously? Are you naturally quieter and feel hesitant about promoting yourself? Do you feel exhausted having to pretend to be vocal and trying to look confident? Do you feel like you have to be extroverted and masculine to get ahead? Join Megumi Miki to explore what it takes to succeed on your own terms and work together to redefine what good leadership looks like in organisations. At the end of a long career working at Accenture, ANZ and NAB, Megumi felt she answered ‘yes’ to all of the above questions and she had worked very hard and was feeling burnt out. She soon came to realise that the ‘fake it till you make it’ approach was not sustainable and unfulfilling so she decided to experiment with a different approach. Last year she launched Quietly Powerful Women to share her successes, challenges and learning’s from working on becoming quietly powerful. Megumi Miki is an author, speaker and consultant in leadership and culture, with a background in strategy, economics and finance. She helps leaders unlock their potential by being smart together, not on their own. She has worked closely with senior Technology leaders at NAB and enjoyed the openness of Technology professionals to challenge themselves and adapt. As a result she wants to help the ICT sector to lead the way in redefining what good leadership looks like. Event Details Thursday, March 30th, 2017 7:30am – 8:45am (to be seated for a 7:45am start) ANZ Centre, 833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites Light refreshments provided on arrival Cost: $40.00 ($15.00 for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter) Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate

Victorian Honour Roll of Women – 2017 Inductees

Vic ICT for Women extends congratulations to the latest Inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women which recognises outstanding achievements of women past and present across a broad range of communities and endeavours. We are particularly pleased to see Wendy Steendam, Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police and Karen Hayes, CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria amongst those honoured this year. Both Wendy and Karen have shared their stories with members of Vic ICT for Women as speakers at our Importance of Women events in recent years and impressed all with their passion and unfailing commitment to making a difference in the lives of many women across Victoria.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 – #BeBoldForChange

On behalf of Vic ICT for Women we wish each and every one of you a happy International Women’s Day. It’s up to each of us, not just today but every day, to do our part in living the message of International Women’s Day 2017 and “Be Bold For Change”. We thank you all for your support and active involvement in participating in our programs aimed at turning the tide and gaining a balanced workplace for women who work in the IT and Digital space that allows all genders to reach their potential. Chris Skipper-Conway Chair of Vic ICT for Women

Hidden Figures

– co-hosted by Vic ICT for Women Women in Tech celebrate International Women’s Day – ‘Hidden Figures’ Join other women in tech (and their friends) for an early celebration of International Women’s Day with the critically acclaimed and popular film, based on the true but little known story of the space race. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the film is engaging and entertaining, and will have you cheering for these historical pioneers while inspiring your inner bad-ass. HIDDEN FIGURES is the untold story of the spectacularly intelligent scientists and mathematicians who were the brains behind NASA missions, and who didn’t get their due because they were women, and African-American. Date and Time: Thursday 2 March 2017, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm AEDT Location: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053 Fee: $20:00 per person ($17:00 for Concession Card holders) Book Now! … please tick the box for Vic ICT for Women when making your booking

Call for Volunteers

Vic ICT for Women is seeking expressions of interest from persons who may be able to provide pro-bono services as volunteers to support particular programs or initiatives in 2017. If you are able to make yourself available for a few hours per month to work as part of a program support team, or provide expert advice or assistance areas such as marketing & communications, membership, or administration, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the form below to provide some information for to program managers and portfolio owners who are in need of assistance. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

Introducing our new Board Members

An election was conducted at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th December with results as follows: Rowena Murray will continue in the role of Board Member with responsibility for Marketing and Communications Jessica Bircsak and Sara Ogston, formerly Associate Board Members will assume roles of Board Members Caroline Stainkamph, Conrad Harvey, Craig Wishart, Elizabeth Mulhall and Kellee Ireland have been appointed as Board Members Asheley Jones, Tania Sharp and Yasmin Shafi have been appointed as Associate Board Members All of the above appointments are for a two-year term commencing 7th December 2016. Congratulations to all! Learn more about our Board here. We also welcome Catherine Lockstone and Robyn Webb who will join committees driving specific initiatives or programs in 2017.

Annual Report 2015-2016

Victorian Women in ICT Network Inc conducted its Annual General Meeting this morning (7th December 2016). Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 was tabled at the AGM and is now available online – click here to view or download this report.