13 APRIL, 2018
TECHFORMATION IS THE ONE DAY EVENT WHERE WOMEN IN TECH come to:
- SHARE THEIR REAL-LIFE STORIES (the high-highs and their ground breaking lows)
- TEACH REAL TACTICS AND STRATEGIES on how they got to where they are today
- INSPIRE US to be courageous to keep our dreams and mission alive.
With a speaker lineup of 6 extraordinary women who are building tech products of the future or harnessing tech to build global businesses, RUN THE WORLD TECH-FORMATION will be the must-attend conference of the year.
5 Reasons why You need to attend
Forget boring conferences where you struggle to keep awake with copious amounts of caffeine. The inspiration-hit alone will be enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. We bring real stories to the stage that aim to inspire and pave the way for other women to strive to succeed and make a monumental difference with technology.
You can't be what you can't see. These extraordinary women will light a fire of possibility within us.
UNCOVER your talents.
It can be that one triggering sentence from a speaker that will help you uncover the talents you've been glossing over.
STRENGTHEN your mindset & strategy.
Walk away with nuggets of gold on how to create results and accomplish more. Think smarter not harder.
Been thinking of a career change or shifting gears to land that next gig? Understand how others have done it and how to do it too.
EXPAND your circle of influence.
They say it's who you know not what you know. Build your presence by meeting people you need to know.
AND NO ONE CAN STOP US.
Black coffee. Red wine. Neil Young. Overflowing wardrobe. Lots of plants. Books. That’s Jess Hatzis in a nutshell. For those that want to know more, the 31-year old co-founded Willow & Blake in 2010, a branding agency specialising in strategy, tone of voice, visual identity, social media & campaign ideation.
In 2013 she co-founded frank body – a beauty brand – with four friends. They launched their dot com in July and by December had outsourced manufacturing and localized distribution in the US & UK.
The side project turned global brand is now distributed through some of the biggest retailers in the world: Mecca, Sephora and Ulta. frank body is one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the world selling millions of products in over 150 countries.
Jess was named in Forbes ‘30 under 30’ in 2016 and as Startup Daily’s #1 Female Entrepreneur. She was named Woman of the Year by Cosmopolitan & Harpers Bazaar in 2017 alongside her co-founder, Bree Johnson. The pair won the Veuve Cliquot New Generation award 2017.
Lauren’s fast-paced lifestyle and constant desire to look polished for her job became the catalyst to the conception of Glamazon in 2013. Starting as a salon booking app and pivoting towards peer-to-peer beauty services following a merger in 2016, Glamazon has fast become Australia’s largest real-time booking platform connecting 700 freelance stylists with more then 35,000 customers. Lauren was recently featured on Ten’s Shark Tank, delivering “the most perfect presentation I’ve ever heard,” according to Shark, Steve Baxter, securing $250,000 on the show, followed by closing a Seed Round of $1m.
Teresa Truda, the CEO and Co-Founder of chozun 途赞, the world’s first travel and loyalty ecosystem to be powered by cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. She, alongside co-founder Zia Word, is one half of the internationally renowned brand the ‘Crypto Queens’, with the pair to be featured in Crypto Rush, a Netflix Documentary released in 2018. Teresa was awarded the GBC first prize for Female Entrepreneurship across China in 2016, the Asia Super Team winner in 2016, was recognised as an iGlobal Competition finalist in 2017 and is now a Finalist for Westpac's Australian Business China Excellence Award 2018. She is a lecturer and sessional teacher at RMIT and a guest speaker at tech and startup events across Asia and Australia. Teresa and Zia are the first two women to launch a travel cryptocurrency and launch their ICO in the APAC region.
Nicole Kersh is the owner of a big, energetic brain. A self-described iconoclast, she recently sold her successful venture ‘4Cabling’ to private investors.
As a natural observer, watching her parents run a small electrical business from home was a dot she later joined in building the first online trade based website in Australia. Teaching herself to code, she filled a gap by using her platform to sell spare electrical products lying around the garage. From there, 4Cabling began.
Being young, feminine, gay, entrepreneurial, curious and successful in a male dominated industry has given Nicole a decade-worth of story. Having to hide so much ‘self’ has been a long, isolating and at times dispiriting journey.
Nicole will tell her story of being a young, gay women, pretending to be an old married man. Learning that authenticity is a true leader.
Tech Start Up Panelists
Emma Sharley is a brand and marketing strategist and the Co-Founder of fashion-tech start-up Shop You; a personalised shopping app matching you with brands that suit your style, using artificial intelligence.
With over 12 years' experience, she has led marketing for iconic brands both in Australia and overseas, including Westfield, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Westpac and T-Mobile. Emma also lectures at General Assembly and is an Advisory Board Member for IFAB (a global fashion think-tank).
She has always had a passion for forging new ground, transforming retail and understanding the customer of today and tomorrow.
Shahirah is co-founder of Finch, 'a financial app for your social life’ that lets you pay and request money instantly, run group tabs (think housemates or holidays) and track your social spending in one place. Finch’s behavioural approach to consumer finance landed them a spot in the #1 fintech incubator in the US, Envestnet |Yodlee, where the team won Best Product Demo. Shortly after launching across Australia in July last year, Finch raised $2.25m seed capital and was named ‘Top 10 Startup to Watch’ by Smart Company.
Danielle is the Co-Founder & CEO of Scrunch, one of Australia's fastest growing, data-driven Influencer Marketing platforms.
Scrunch launched in late 2014, and since then has raised $3Million in capital, built a world-class team and launched a SaaS platform in Australia and the US, setting up HQ in Brisbane, Australia.
Danielle and her team have been proven to be game-changers in the Influencer Marketing world, taking on massive advertising campaigns, collaborating with the likes of NewsCorp, Publicis Mojo, Under Armour, Swarovski, Youfoodz and more.
Sarah learned to code when she was just five years old and believes that you’re never too young – or old – to learn coding. Alongside her four fellow Girl Geek Academy co-founders, Sarah is on a mission to create a lifelong community of women who love to learn tech.
Sarah has worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, and has witnessed first-hand the issues faced by women in the industry.
In 2017, Sarah joined the Channel Ten and FOXTEL LifeStyle channel television series, Common Sense, where she is having her say on what’s happening in the world, while showing the nation it’s cool to be a smart chick.
Prior to joining Afterpay in July 2017, Rachel was CEO of T2 Tea, responsible for driving the global expansion into five markets and integration post acquisition by Unilever. Before that was Executive Director of the Just Group Board with accountability for the retail and growth strategy across all brands.
Passionate about retail, my vision is to enhance the industry as a profession that builds talent, competence and success as a key driver of employment, entrepreneurship and wealth creation. This has lead her to be a Scale Angel Investor (including Scrunch) and Advisory Board Member for a number of global start ups (including Shop You)
Nicki Curtis joined Xero in 2015 as a Product Owner for Small Business onboarding and first use experience. Leading a team of developers, designers and quality assurance professionals, Nicki aims to enrich the experience of new Xero users across the globe. Spending her career working with construction and technology companies, she has worked tirelessly to understand the customer while educating them on how to be successful and get the most value out of the products and services they are using. Nicki is passionate about how diversity on product teams is vital to meet the needs of a diverse range of customers.
Having worked alongside web developers, UX designers and product owners since the beginning of her marketing career, Priya is passionate about technology, product and brand and how all three converge to create memorable customer experiences. Now as Senior Product Marketing Manager at Eventbrite Australia and New Zealand, Priya is focused on bringing together Eventbrite’s global story of innovation and tech leadership with specific market insights to build the brand locally.
Jeanette is chief strategy officer and co-founder of The Hacker Exchange, a global education program connecting the next generation of founders to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and beyond.
The Hacker Exchange has been academically accredited at leading Australian universities, and ran Austrade's first student-focussed mission to Israel in January 2018.
Earlier in her career, Jeanette spent 15 years building digital products and innovation at brands such as ANZ, AMP and Origin Energy, leading small agile teams through to multi-million dollar projects. She is also co-creator of the Gingerbread Demolition non-profit event, a regular speaker at General Assembly, SXSW, Melbourne Knowledge Week and more, and was listed in this year's International Women's Day Showcase by Smart Company.
Date + time
Fri 13th April, 2018
10AM - 3PM
700 Bourke Street
Docklands, VIC 3008
NAB Arena is easily accessible via Public Transport - via the Southern Cross Station concourse.
Parking is available next door at Etihad Stadium - https://etihadstadium.com.au/parking-more-info/
Attendees can enter through any car park entry. They are located on Bourke Street or Wurundjeri Way. You will need to look for Gate 4 (red section of car park on all levels) as the access lift to Level 1 and walk out on the concourse which will bring you behind the NAB building.
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As a women’s empowerment organisation, we feel it’s our duty to do something about the appalling lack of diversity in the tech space and help to change the game.
So in 2018, for the second time, we’ll be exclusively showcasing female leaders in the tech space in order to inspire the next generation of tech and digital mavericks - so that women feel more included in the conversation, and more energised to take part.