Celebrating champions in tech diversity

Fabian Dattner and Marshall Cowley holding their TechDiversity Awards trophy and smiling at the awards nightIf you’re in Victoria’s digital tech sector and taking steps to create an inspiring, inclusive workplace, save the date – the TechDiversity 2018 award nominations open in March.

Since 2016, the Victorian Government has sponsored the TechDiversity Awards, which celebrate the people and programs striving for equality in the world of digital technology.

The awards encourage tech diversity leaders to inspire and educate those of tomorrow and shine a light on workforce diversity. A key focus is the under-representation of females (an on-going issue when it comes to the tech sector) and other minority groups including gender identity, age, culture, nationality, disability and regional. Showcasing how diversity is being tackled, the awards can help stimulate real change, not just in the digital tech sector, but across the broader community and economy as well.

By highlighting the work of winners who have created inclusive environments, the awards aim to inspire tech-based organisations to introduce diversity initiatives at work. Winners across multiple categories, including business, education, government and media, have their profile raised and their achievements amplified.

2017 TechDiversity Champion: Dattner Grant

Exemplifying what diversity is all about was last year’s TechDiversity Champion winner, Eltham-based consultancy company Dattner Grant. They clinched the award for their Homeward Bound program, a global strategic outreach for women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) involving scientific voyages to Antarctica that equip women with the leadership, influencing and visibility skills required for key decision-making roles.

The program is designed to counter the small number of female scientists in government, academia and the commercial sphere. In accepting the award, Dattner Grant founder, Fabian Dattner, shared a parable where a sparrow tries to hold up the sky: “One does what one can.” Small steps, in other words, can create big change.

What success looks like: winners from 2017:

  • #TechDiversity Champion: Dattner Grant for Homeward Bound and Compass Program
  • Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award: DCC Jobs for empowerment of women in careers
  • Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award (Commended): Cultural Infusion for Joko’s World apps
  • #TechDiversity Winner – Business: Vodafone Hutchison Australia for a series of ‘Power to Her’ initiatives
  • #TechDiversity Winner – Education: Dattner Grant for Homeward Bound
  • #TechDiversity Winner – Government: Seamless for its Seamless Web Accessibility Group (focused on local government)
  • #TechDiversity Winner – Media and Advertising: DCC Jobs for empowerment of women in careers

This year’s TechDiversity awards will be held on 27 September 2018.

More information is available on the TechDiversity Awards website.