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Steps forward, but still some way to go: Women in NZ tech weigh in on key takeaways from MYOB’s Women in Tech report

Change is coming

Steps forward, but still some way to go: Women in NZ tech weigh in on key takeaways from MYOB’s Women in Tech report

New Zealand’s tech sector is slowly becoming more inclusive, says a new report from MYOB – but there’s much work to be done before true equality is achieved. AUT lecturer and She# founder Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh, University of Auckland engineering student Mikayla Stokes, and MYOB country manager Ingrid Cronin-Knight discuss the achievements, and how we can continue striving forward.

Diversity pays

Following on from a protest on gender equality at the 2018 Best Awards, the organisers have created a directory that aims to showcase a diverse range of women designers from Aotearoa living anywhere in the world, of all social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. As well as this, a series of workshops on diversity in design being hosted by DINZ and Design Assembly are about to kick off around the country. We talk with the Designers Speak (Up) founders about the movement to make New Zealand’s design community more inclusive.

Opinion

Bron Thomson is the founder and CEO of Springload, a Wellington-based digital agency. She discusses the gender equality protest that happened at the 2018 Best Awards on Saturday night, and what can be done to encourage more equality in the design industry.

Best Awards

From a calming, machine-learning led interactive experience at Starship Children’s Hospital, to the story of a goat that acts as anti-bullying initiative and teaches children the effect their actions can have, the best in New Zealand design was crowned at the 2018 Best Awards on the weekend – and a discussion about gender equality in design has been brought to the industry's attention. Here are the supreme winners, and a statement from the Designers Institute of New Zealand CEO Cathy Veninga on the protests that took place.