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8 September | 2020

Women Leading tech awards in partnership with Google

An update about the event:

 

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, B&T has made the decision to host the B&T Women Leading Tech Awards on 8 September 2020 as a virtual event. We have made this decision based on the advice from public health officials within the Australian government.

 

We continue to put the health, wellbeing and safety of our customers and employees first and we’re doing everything that a responsible business in our position can do to mitigate the risk posed by COVID-19.

 

All paid ticket holders will be presented with a VIP hamper and UberEats voucher to still enjoy a premium experience while tuning into the awards virtually. Joining link details will be shared with ticket holders closer to the event date. Please contact riin@bandt.com.au or viv@bandt.com.au if you have any questions regarding your attendance.

 

CELEBRATING WOMEN LEADING TECH

 

Technology is all-pervasive; it’s imagining, designing and building our future at lightning speed. Like never before, technology has presented an opportunity for a brave new world that’s created by all humanity. Unfortunately, not all humanity is being rightly recognised for its contribution in manifesting this new and exciting world.

 

In 2020, B&T is changing that. We’re bringing to the table a new initiative that will acknowledge the substantial contribution of a group that’s often missing from the conversation. Women need to be recognised alongside their peers as leaders in the tech space, and it’s the communication industry’s duty to help write them into the story. Together, we can help cement the place of women as leaders in the tech industry.

 

That’s why we are inviting you to support and shape B&T’s new initiative – the Women Leading Tech Awards, in partnership with Google, to be held on September 8. Help us ensure women working in technology are part of history, not forgotten, and rightly recognised for their significant contributions to the industry.

Finalists 2020

Data Science
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Anjuli Bedi
Company
Edelman EPIC
Finalist
Fiona Milne
Company
Eliiza
Finalist
Janene Sproul
Company
Murdoch University
Finalist
Katherine Tuinman Neal
Company
Fire & Rescue New South Wales
Finalist
Mohadeseh Ganji
Company
Mondo
Finalist
Stephanie Morris
Company
Quantium
Design
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Jessa Jakovljevic
Company
86 400
Finalist
Julia Carter
Company
Domain Group
Finalist
Kate Linton
Company
ThoughtWorks
Finalist
Ronnie Golec
Company
CancerAid
Finalist
Sally Woellner
Company
Canva
Finalist
Sarah Sweeney
Company
AKQA
Engineering
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Ellie Shin
Company
Canva
Finalist
Kate Andrews
Company
Tyro
Finalist
Olena Aleksieieva
Company
Quantium
Finalist
Paulwyn Devasundaram
Company
Canva
Finalist
Sharina Nisha
Company
Vodafone New Zealand
Finalist
Sijia Chen
Company
Rokt
Entrepreneur/Founder
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Alexandra Watson
Company
Code Like a Girl
Finalist
Emma Jones
Company
Project F
Finalist
Jodi Stanton
Company
SendGold
Finalist
Judy Sahay
Company
Crowd Media Group
Finalist
Kath Blackham
Company
VERSA
Finalist
Lauren Crystal
Company
Your Creative Agency
Executive Leader
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Helen Souness
Company
RMIT Online
Finalist
Joanna Wong
Company
90 Seconds
Finalist
Kate Quirke
Company
Alcidion
Finalist
Kathryn Carter
Company
Snap Inc
Finalist
Michelle O’Keeffe
Company
engaging.io
Finalist
Rachelle St Ledger
Company
EML Payments
Marketing
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Danielle Grant
Company
PayPal Australia
Finalist
Jade Meara
Company
F5
Finalist
Liz McKenzie
Company
Canva
Finalist
Rachelle McDermott
Company
Blackmores
Finalist
Sara Palmieri
Company
Lenovo
Finalist
Stephanie Brown
Company
Intuit
Mentor
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Claire Bath
Company
The Opportunity Collective and City of Newcastle
Finalist
Hayley Smith
Company
Verizon Media
Finalist
Jessica Box
Company
Girls in Tech Australia
Finalist
Jo Gaines
Company
Salesforce
Finalist
Lisa Miller
Company
Canva
Finalist
Miranda Kovacic
Company
ANZ
Product
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Christine Sou
Company
TransferWise
Finalist
Georgia Vidler
Company
Canva
Finalist
Greer Ambrose
Company
Foxtel Media
Finalist
Inga Latham
Company
SiteMinder
Finalist
Kimberly Dowsett
Company
Tyro
Finalist
Sarah Anderson
Company
Telstra Corporation Limited
Sales
Finalist
Company
Finalist
Annie Lemaire Brooks
Company
Playground XYZ
Finalist
Brooke McGregor
Company
Quantcast
Finalist
Kristine Celona
Company
Verizon Media
Finalist
Natasha De Mallet Hawes
Company
PubMatic
Finalist
Sophie Hicks Lloyd
Company
Network 10
Finalist
Stephanie Famolaro
Company
The Trade Desk
Advocacy (for technology companies that have demonstrated a holistic and long-term commitment to females in the business.)
Finalist
ANZ
Canva
carsales.com ltd
Domain
Sourced Group
VMware ANZ

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Award

Categories

Entrepreneur/Founder

Sponsored by:

Women Leading Tech Awards Partners and sponsors - - .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) logo

This category is for the pioneers and risk takers – the women who bet the house on starting a new venture. Open to all female founders within a broad tech business.

Executive Leader

Sponsored by:

This category is open to C-suite leaders – including, but not limited to CEO, CIO, CTO, CMO, CRO, COO and any other “C” position.

Product

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The women working in the trenches, guiding a product within a category and working to make it an inclusive product.

Engineering

This category is for the coders and builders. Not only are they curious and passionate, they have some serious technical skills to boot.

Data Science

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They could be rocket scientists if they so desired, yet instead they are explaining our world in ones and zeroes.

Design

Sponsored by:

Women Leading Tech Awards Partners and sponsors - AKQA logo

Working together with engineers, data scientists, product managers, sales and customers, these women make things beautiful, functional and frictionless.

Sales

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If a product sits on a shelf (or the other side of a payment gateway), does it really exist?

Marketing

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Working alongside product and sales, these brand champions are connecting with customers on all levels.

Mentor

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The women who provide guiding hands and encouraging words to help others be a part of an incredibly diverse and inclusive tech future.

Advocacy

Sponsored by:

Women Leading Tech Awards Partners and sponsors - Google logo

Open to companies who have supported the cause of getting more women into tech.

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Dates

Entry deadline

5 February, 2020 - $99 + GST

Late entry deadline

12 February, 2020 - $149 + GST

Virtual awards

8 September, 2020

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partners and sponsors

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Speakers

As well as an awards presentation over lunch, attendees will also hear from these inspirational speakers.

Rae Johnston – MC

Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist, Wiradjuri woman, mother, broadcaster, voice actor and MC. Rae is the first ever Science and Technology Editor for NITV, host of That Startup Show and voices “Janali Banks” in the upcoming children’s animated series for ABC & Nine, Space Nova.

 

Rae is a founding mentor with The Working Lunch program, supporting underrepresented entry-level people in STEM. At the recent Australian Game Developer Awards, Rae was the recipient of the first “Lighting The Way” award for advocacy and support of the local games industry.

 

Rae is a part of the prestigious “brains trust” Leonardos group for The Science Gallery Melbourne, and an Ambassador for St Vincent De Paul.

Jamila Gordon

Founder & CEO – Lumachain

Jamila Gordon founded Lumachain in 2018 and quickly partnered with Microsoft, having taken part in the tech giant’s first scaleup program. Within 18 months she had raised funding of $3.5 million to develop the business via a funding round led by Main Sequence Ventures, the manager of CSIRO’s Innovation Fund.

 

Jamila’s background includes roles as Group Chief Information Officer of Qantas Airways and Leighton Holdings/CIMIC. Prior to this, she was a global executive with IBM based in Europe. Jamila has also worked with AXA Insurance and ABN AMRO Bank.

 

Jamila’s professional success is made more remarkable by her personal story. Born in Somalia, Jamilla was forced to work from the age of five, rather than getting an education. At 18, she escaped the Somali civil war alone and found her way to Kenya and then on to Australia. Jamila set about learning English and then studied IT at La Trobe University, before commencing a career that has taken her around the world.

Aisling Finch

Director of Marketing, Australia and New Zealand, Google

As Google’s Director of Marketing, across Australia and New Zealand, Aisling looks after the Google and YouTube brands, connecting Aussie and Kiwi consumers and businesses with the range of Google’s products. This includes products like Search and Maps, YouTube, Pixel and Nest, and Google’s ads platforms.

 

Aisling has over 20 years marketing experience across telco, tech and media sectors. Joining Google nine years ago in Europe, she helped to grow the Android ecosystem in its early years and driving consumer engagement with core Google apps like Search and Maps.

 

Aisling returned home from London to lead Google’s media buying division across the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring Google marketing delivered best-in-class media strategy and execution.

 

Prior to Google, Aisling spent 10 years at Telstra, where she held various leadership roles in strategy, finance, marketing, and retail and online channels.

 

In 2019, Aisling was included in the annual CMO50 list, recognising Australia’s most innovative and effective marketing leaders. Aisling is also a Director on the Board of AANA (Australian Association of National Advertisers).

 

Aisling lives in Sydney with her husband and their two children. She loves kayaking, travelling, languages and spending time with family and friends. Her vices are chocolate and wine!

Sarah Adam-Gedge

Managing Director – Publicis Sapient Australia

Sarah Adam-Gedge is a prominent business leader specialising in digital transformation and technology disruption. Sarah has worked in project and service-based consultancies for more than 25 years across Australia and New Zealand, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Currently, Sarah is the Managing Director of Publicis Sapient Australia, which is the digital business transformation hub of the Publicis Groupe. Publicis Sapient consists of 20,000+ employees in 53 offices around the world. Publicis Sapient’s expertise spans technology, data science, management consulting and creative enabling the ability to  deliver on complex transformation initiatives that accelerate clients’ businesses through the creation of the products and services their customers expect.

Alisia Muscat

Managing Director – AKQA Melbourne

As Managing Director of AKQA Melbourne, Alisia has been a trusted advisor to clients including Officeworks, AustralianSuper, HESTA, NAB & Bunnings, helping them navigate the new normal in a rapidly changing digital world.

 

Passionate about strategic communication solutions, Alisia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across all major industry verticals. She operates best in a collaborative environment of diverse thinking, thriving alongside people who challenge conventions.

 

Alisia is passionate about creating environments where people constantly grow, learn and thrive. She seeks to inspire the 170 strong team in Melbourne to create powerful digital and offline brand experiences for clients, ensuring empathy with the individual remains at the heart of that experience.

Ally Watson

CEO & Founder, Code Like A Girl

As founder and CEO of Code Like a Girl, Ally Watson is a passionate advocate for aspiring female coders. Her highly acclaimed education startup empowers women and girls to play an equal part in building the future. Once ‘the only girl in the room’ as a software engineer, she’s now an award-winning entrepreneur and spokesperson for the future of women in technology.

Shruti Shetty Rai

Experience Design and Product Strategist

Shruti has over 10 years of experience, designing, delivering product and service innovations across a variety of award-winning projects for local and global brands such as Toyota, Nike, Google, Macquarie Bank and Telstra.

 

She’s motivated by the endless possibilities of a better community created by the convergence of culture, human behaviour, design and technology.

 

She’s also always tried to champion solutions that look beyond biases so more people can benefit from better design. Being a new mum, she’s been recently navigating a whole new world and a new identity, while juggling a job, a pram and a baby. This has furthered her passion in pursuing good design diversity that needs to be empathetic to a broader spectrum of society. Because good design is good business.

Tea Uglow

Independent Creative Director, Google Creative Lab

Tea Uglow is a writer, LGBTQ activist, and a speaker on innovation, inclusion, and digital futures.

 

Tea founded Creative Labs for Google in Sydney (2011) and London (2007) and focuses on projects with cultural organisations to enable artists, writers, dancers and other cultural practitioners to digitally augment or interpret their work. As a queer activist she is co-author of the proposal for a trans pride flag emoji, and authored a compilation of LGBTQ activist speeches called Loud and Proud.

 

Her writing includes: Loud & Proud [Quarto, 2020] and A Curiosity of Doubts [Penguin, 2016]. In 2018 she was awarded a Peabody for digital storytelling for ‘Editions at Play’ a series of digital books with Visual Editions including We Kiss the Screens [2019] & A Universe Explodes [2018].

 

She currently advocates for mental health and transgender awareness and mentors queer, female and other intersectional creators and writers worldwide. She likes pop-physics, neuroscience for beginners, queer twitter, and shopping.

 

Her pronouns are She/They.

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