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Ally Watson

Education Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Social Issues, Well Within, Women's Rights

Ally Watson is the founder and CEO of Code Like a Girl, a social enterprise that provides girls and women with the confidence and tools to take on the world of code and re-imagine the future of technology.

As one who has seen first-hand how traditional gender stereotypes have limited opportunity for women across society at large, she strives tirelessly each day towards breaking these biases.

Recently decorated with an Order of Australia Medal, Watson is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur whose heartfelt motivation is to create innovative learning environments where every woman, from any background, feels included, inspired and capable in the world of technology.

Ally’s unique and refreshing insights and research on gender-diversity within the technology industry allows for the delivery of thought-provoking and action-inspiring presentations.

Where were you born?

Ally’s homeland Scotland doesn’t automatically conjure up ideas of booming tech companies but it’s actually the home to large successes such as Skyscanner, Rockstar Games and the popular tech blog Mashable, which was first created in teenage CEO Pete Cashmore’s Aberdonian bedroom.

What other jobs have you had?

Ally’s early career began as an engineer at a software house creating Windows applications before she moved on to pursue a career in web and mobile development with a succession of award-winning creative agencies. Finally two years ago she started her own social enterprise which she heads up with her co-founder Vanessa Doake.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Having always been inspired by the marriage of creativity and technology Ally’s enjoyed working in creative places and projects. She’s values-led and is driven by a motivation to close the gap on gender and financial inequality.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Ally’s proudest achievement is the social enterprise she co-founded, Code Like a Girl. Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, named Ally one of nine most influential females of 2017.  She’s also received numerous accolades for her work with her business including 2016 Women in Media award for Technology, 2016 & 2017 #TechDiversity awards and Gold Disruptor Award at the 2016 Australian Computer Society awards.

Haven’t I seen you before?

If you’re a part of the tech community in Australia, you’ve probably read about her in the newspaper, heard her speak about coding on the radio or seen her face pass you by on the artwork of a tram.

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