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Ally Watson: Debugging the Gender Gap

Session Info:

  • There are more men named Peter than there are women in the top 200 ASX companies
  • By the year 2020 Australia will require more than 700 thousand more skilled ICT workers to meet demand
  • Women are an untapped resource, with less than 25% of the IT workforce in Australia

Technology is disrupting the world as we know it; it’s embedded in our lives and our businesses. It’s moving faster than ever and our workforce is struggling to keep up.

This talk examines the future of work and debugs some of the common ‘errors’ that exist when we talk about the skills and gender gap in technology.

Hear the story of Code Like a Girl, an Australian award-winning social enterprise sparking change in the tech industry. Be inspired by their approach to combatting the issue of gender diversity in tech, hear why they believe it’s critical that the tech industry becomes a welcoming place for diversity, and learn how you can make a difference and champion equality.


  • The future of work
  • Women in technology
  • Technology education and the many paths to enter the industry
  • The effects of gendered beliefs and unconscious bias
  • Combatting the issue of gender diversity
  • Code Like a Girl’s solution

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