As the COVID-19 situation evolves, B&T has made the decision to postpone the B&T Women Leading Tech Awards to 8 September 2020. We have made this decision based on the advice from public health officials within the Australian government.
Our priority is to ensure we hold a safe and successful event. We will review this new event date again in May.
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.
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 in Sydney. Help us ensure women working in technology are part of history, not forgotten, and rightly recognised for their significant contributions to the industry.
This category is for the coders and builders. Not only are they curious and passionate, they have some serious technical skills to boot.
5 February, 2020 - $99 + GST
12 February, 2020 - $149 + GST
NEW DATE: 8 September, 2020
As well as an awards presentation over lunch, attendees will also hear from these inspirational speakers.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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  & A Universe Explodes .
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.