Conference Day One

Conference Day One           

25 October 2018

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06:30     Early morning networking activities start

08:30     Registration and welcome coffee

08:50     Opening remarks from the Chair

Lynne Payne, Industry Portfolio Manager Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University


09:00     INSPIRATIONAL SESSION: Develop your skillset – if you’re going to lead you have to be able to walk the walk

In this session, Fiona shares her journey in the tech space and how she reached success.‘I have no problems with the rest of the role, however, I don’t know much about technology ... but I’m willing to learn’. The rest is history.

Fiona Habermehl, Executive Director, EY

09:30     From farm girl to Fintech entrepreneur

  • Understanding how and why Ruth left a stable financial services career to take the plunge into start-up land
  • Discussing how you can innovate within your own organisation or start your own business armed with just an idea
  • Creating a successful tech start-up and get funding despite not having a tech background
  • Tips for attracting global organisations as clients 

Ruth Hatherley, Founder, Moneycatcha

10:00     PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet the Boss – what inspired these leaders to achieve senior positions, how did they do it and where to next?

This is a rare opportunity to hear from those who have made it to the top of the tree, and are leading teams in the tech space. If you’re interested in developing the skills you need to be a leader, then this session is for you.
Panel moderator:
Samantha Green, Director, RCL Insurance Services
Karen Lay-Brew, President, ABSIA
Ally Watson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Code Like a Girl
Ruth Hatherley, Founder, Moneycatcha 

10:40     Morning tea


11:10     Building a successful career in tech. for the good of the many 

Masha is specialised in machine learning and data mining, but rather to dedicate her talent in business intelligence and other financial services, she choose to apply technology for specific social purposes and build a career focusing on making the life of others better and safer.  Listen to her story, her achievements and vision on the purpose of technology in our society.

Dr Mahsa Salehi, Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

11:30     Developing the SunFun app – hear from the students from Pacific Pines Tech Girls who created this award winning app

SunFun is designed to help kids understand the importance of sun safety in a fun way. By blending gamification techniques with educational facts, SunFun offers an entertaining user experience where knowledge of sun safety is acquired almost by stealth. In this session, you will be inspired by the incredible 12 year old students who developed the app.
Natalie Harris, Year 4 MyPad Teacher, Pacific Pines Primary School
Courtney Hall, Student, The Pacific Pines Tech Girls
Isabelle Matthews, Student, The Pacific Pines Tech Girls
Milla McCashney, Student, The Pacific Pines Tech Girls
Emi Reed, Student, The Pacific Pines Tech Girls
Jasmine Sutton, Student, The Pacific Pines Tech Girls

11:50     Mentoring the next generation of women and encouraging rising stars to build a great career in tech

  • Growing from the bottom up
  • Embracing diversity as a competitive advantage
  • Understanding the challenges for career advancement and how to overcome them
  • How do you know if you have what it takes to move to top roles?

Ally Watson, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Code Like a Girl

12:15     Networking lunch


13:15     How technology is shaping the future of careers

  • Advancing women in science, technology, engineering and maths and encouraging cross department diversity and inclusion
  • The benefits of encouraging women to pursue a career in STEM
  • Understanding the critical role of cross-department engagement to enable company-wide D&I success

Karen Lay-Brew, President, ABSIA

13:40 Co-presentation - Empowering women and girls to pursue Tech and Digital career opportunities

In this highly interactive session, the facilitators will kick off by sharing their experiences in their career journeys in the tech and digital space. Next, you will have the opportunity to share their stories, get empowered and empower others to reach their professional goals.

Key focus points:

  • Why being mentored and becoming a mentor to achieve your career objectives is critical
  • How to overcome challenges and progress your career
  • Create influence and support ever growing skills in yourself and your team
Stephanie ChanProject Portfolio Management Office and Planning Manager, Toll GroupBoard Member, Vic ICT for Women
Ayten Ozenc, Deputy Chair, VIC ICT for Women & Executive General Manager, Global Head of Engineering, Toll Group
Chris Skipper-Conway, Chairperson, VIC ICT for Women

14:10     Panel Discussion: Future of work – what’s changing and how can you prepare for the workforce of tomorrow?

  • How is the workplace being reshaped by artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and other new technologies?
  • What skills and capabilities can be replaced by digital technologies?
  • What are the new skillsets that will be required from human workforce in the next 5 to 10 years?
  • How can you prepare and what does this mean for tech professionals?
Panel Moderator:
Samantha Green, Director, RCL Insurance Services
Karen Taylor-Brown, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Refraction Media
Salma Datenis, Managing Director - ANZ, Sourced Group

14:50     Afternoon break

15:20     Visiting the GC Hub and listening to a start-ups pitch competition

After a short 15 min organised bus ride, you will have the chance to visit the new Gold Coast Hub, inaugurated on the 12th October. 
  • Welcoming speech delivered by Sharon Hunnybell, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Coast Hub
  • Visit of the new GC Hub building
  • Presentation – Investing in women in tech: How universities together with industry can make the change
Lynne Payne, Industry Portfolio Manager Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University
GC Hub will be hosting leading female founded tech start-ups, pitching to a panel of esteemed investors.
The event is for Women in Tech. Fest attendees only and is an opportunity to hear from and support innovative start-ups, as well as network with your peers.
 - Each one of the 5 pre-selected start-ups will have 5 minutes to pitch and answer questions around their start-ups and ideas on the day.
 - After the pitch, the start-ups and delegates will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with the jury of investors during networking drinks.
Jury of investors:
Sharon Hunnybell, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Coast Hub 
Monica Bradley, Director, Purposeful Capital
Holly Grofski, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Global Merces Funds Management

17:15     Back to the venue

19:00     Official event dinner

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