The New Zealand tech scene has taken huge strides recently with women often leading the way – but there is still work needed to promote gender diversity in the industry.
Come meet inspiring women who are making their mark in tech - including Ingrid Cronin-Knight (MYOB), Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh (SheSharp), Zoe Timbrell (OMG! Tech), Amrit Kaur (Deloitte) and Mikayla Stokes.
We’ll discuss how to make our work places, educational institutions and communities more female-friendly and explore ways to close the pay gap, promote more women into leadership positions, create supportive workplaces and build a better future for all.
You can drop into this event at any time.
Ingrid came to MYOB from the telecommunications industry, most recently as Head of Change and Business Technology for Chorus where she managed the technology and business transformation programme following its demerger from Telecom (now Spark). Prior to that, she held various roles in Telecom’s enterprise division. Ingrid was recognised as a Global Woman Breakthrough Leader in 2015 and holds an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK. She is a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award Winner in 2014 and 2015 and was the inaugural winner of Computerworld New Zealand IT Manager of the Year in 2010. She also represented New Zealand in cricket as a White Fern and was captain of the Auckland Hearts.
Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh is a computer engineer with a background in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since 2013, Mahsa has been involved with Google’s Computer Science for High Schools initiative, and has run these workshops in Auckland for the last 4 years. Mahsa is also the founder and director of the women’s technology group She# - a platform aimed at promoting STEM to the next generation, and creating networking opportunities for tertiary students and industry professionals in the digital sector. Her passion for promoting careers in technology to young women has been widely recognised, and she has received a number of nominations and awards for her efforts, including the Emerging Leader Award at the NZ Women of Influence Awards, and a semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year 2018. In 2012, Mahsa received the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship – an award designed to encourage women to excel in computing and technology.
Zoe has an extensive background in event production and management, producing large-scale events and tours across New Zealand and internationally. General Manager for OMG! Tech – a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring and educating the next generation of creative technologists – Zoe has been instrumental in developing the OMG! strategy and establishing its strategic partnerships, leading the successful design and execution of the Award winning OMG! Rangers events programme. Prior to joining the OMG! Team, Zoe worked for 8 years at Employers and Manufacturers Association managing the conferencing and events department and sitting on the senior management team. Zoe is an advocate for gender diversity in tech, and is passionate about building a more equal workforce for the future.
Awarded one of New Zealand’s 2018 Emerging Leaders in Engineering and founder of AUT STEM Women, Amritpal is passionate about asking the ‘what-if’ questions and peering over the horizon to see what could be achieved. Amritpal has used her Bachelor in Engineering in Mechatronics and Creative Entrepreneurship to build a chatbot at MYOB, contribute to a project testing Alexa with members of the Blind Foundation and is now a Platform Engineering Analyst at Deloitte. Through mentoring and her involvement in organisations such as SheSharp and OMGTech, Amrit inspires and encourages other women in STEM and provides opportunities to develop their skills in the industry.
Mikayla is a first year engineering student at the University of Auckland. In her spare time she loves building robots and inventing products to solve problems. She won the overall female award in both the 2016 and 2018 ASB brightsparks for her inventions. She also enjoys combining her engineering and entrepreneurial skills to create innovative products that solve problems for customers and has competed in the Young Enterprise Scheme and the business accelerator Venture Up.
Mikayla aspires to be a role model for younger girls getting into STEAM and is passionate about showcasing how interesting the industry can be. She is the youth representative for OMGTech! and runs their robotics and coding workshops.
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