Women in Tech Panel + Networking at AUT

Sat 13 May 3:10 — 5pm

Are you thinking about starting a career as a women in tech? Come along and ask our experts about their personal journeys and experiences!
Ticket price: Free

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There is near universal agreement that diversity is essential for a productive, innovative, and prosperous tech sector. So, for Techweek 2017, AUT is focusing on gender diversity and how we can encourage and support women in tech.

This event features women in tech in a panel discussion (3:10-4:10pm) about their personal journeys followed by a networking session (4:10-5:00pm).
After a short introduction of the panellists and their work, the chair will guide the audience in a question and answer session for the panel to share their experiences, why and how they started their career in tech, how they overcame challenges, and simply what it is like to be a woman in tech. Panellists come from both academia and business, with a variety of backgrounds. The event is jointly organised by AUT Women in Tech, KEDRI and Colab at AUT.

After the panel there will be a networking session sponsored by ANZ Technology. Take the opportunity to connect and collaborate with like minded people. Build your networks and help grow a vibrant ecosystem.

This event aims to bring together people of all ages and stages of their lives. All genders are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there. Make sure you also register for another great event right before this one: She# Lightning Talks at AUT.


Alyona's academic background is in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. She specialises in extracting meaning from text and has worked with companies like Google, Cisco and Microsoft. She is CEO of Thematic which helps businesses understand customer feedback and customer sentiment.
Claudine is a third year Bachelor of Creative Technologies student that specialises in concept design, visual art, wearable technology, and e-textiles. Her passion is creating visually appealing, innovative pieces of technology that spark imagination, trigger conversation and educate people.
Maes is a BEng (Hons) graduate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UoA. Her career choice was driven by her passion to improve the quality of life of her community. She pushes for environmentally sustainable and innovative design, and volunteers to teach children science in her spare time.
Pip works as a lead industrial designer for Brand Developers Ltd where she is the link between engineers and designers. Holding a Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Industrial Design from Massey University, she now specialises in creating household items that combine clever engineering with aesthetics.
Squadron Leader Rebecca Magdalinos joined the RNZAF in 1998 as an Aircraft Technician. She holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and is now responsible for 145 people across 8 different technical trade groups all striving to keep the RNZAF’s fleets of fixed wing aircraft in a fit flying state.
Vivienne completed Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Systems Engineering from Massey University in the 1990’s. Upon completion of a PGDip CIS and MCIS degree in Bioinformatics at AUT, she is completing a PhD in KEDRI. Her fields of interest include bioinformatics and personalised modelling.
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