During my interview with model and entrepreneur Taryn Williams, she spoke about her passion for championing women in technology and the start-up industry. It’s a cause I support, and I have long advocated for women and opportunities in the tech space.
As the board member for diversity at Tech Sydney, an organisation promoting Sydney as a hub for tech start-ups, Taryn works to make it an inclusive field for women. She emphasised the lack of female role models and mentors for younger women, citing Annabel Crabb’s book The Wife Drought as something that completely changed her perspective on mentorships and support systems for working women.
“I think it’s really important to over-celebrate the successes of women in [tech]. We need to support young women to look up to women like that.”
The Brew team have put together some of the best programs in place for young Australian women looking to break into technology, so we can continue pioneering this progressive and evolving field. Check them out below:
Women in Technology’s Brisbane-based Mentoring Program runs for a 12 week period, biannually, and begins with an extensive workshop for Mentors and Mentees after which matches are made. Connection is then made weekly for an 8 week period.
Girls in Tech Melbourne have several mentorships aimed at professional women, university-aged women, and younger girls.
Females in IT & Telecommunications have openings for their 2017 mentoring program. The program runs for several months and is open to applicants from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
Women in Technology have a large list of tech scholarships that are available to women. Go ahead and check them all out.
RMIT has a large range of scholarships for women studying in the STEM fields.
Google’s Women Techmakers Scholars Program offers university-enrolled women a chance to join a long-term community of scholars program participants designed to provide a forum to share resources, support other women in tech and collaborate on projects to make continued impact. Scholars will also win a cash reward for the 2017-2018 academic year.
If you aren’t on the east coast, no worries – most universities have a selection of scholarships targeted at women in diverse fields, and most can be easily searched through Google or the chosen university’s website.