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DEAKIN EDGE AT FEDERATION SQUARE | MELBOURNE

FRIDAY 1ST MARCH | 10AM - 3PM

 
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THIS 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 11 extraordinary women who are building tech products of the future or harnessing tech to build global businesses; 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.

 

01.

SPARK that
inspiration.

You can't be what you can't see. These extraordinary women will light a fire of possibility within us.

02.

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.

03.

STRENGTHEN your mindset & strategy.

Walk away with nuggets of gold on how to create results and accomplish more. Think smarter not harder. 

04.

REINVENT yourself.

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.

05.

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.

 

2019 SPEAKERS

 

Helen Souness was appointed to this role in August 2017. As CEO of RMIT Online, she leads the business to support a growing community of learners to successfully navigate the world of work by offering directly relevant, accessible and flexible educational opportunities online. She is a senior leader with a career that spans more than 25 years of commercial experience working in digital strategy, marketing and product across market-leading enterprises including Seek, Lonely Planet, Envato and Etsy. She has operated in General Manager, Managing Director and Board Director capacities for Envato, Canteen, Etsy and Sendle. Most recently as Managing Director of Asia for New York-based digital marketplace Etsy, Helen Souness led her team to triple the size of Etsy’s Australian seller community and enter new Asian markets.

Stephenie is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, female founder, and she is passionate about personal safety. With more than 25 years in technology and more than 55 countries visited, Ms. Rodriguez is renown for her work in the travel sector working with big brands including Club Med, Sydney Airport, Cebu Pacific Air, and Accolade Wines as a digital transformation solution architect. In 2016, she founded JOZU for WOMEN Inc, and in 2017, launched WanderSafe.com with a mission of positively impacting 1 billion lives by 2025 and reducing human trafficking and illicit crimes. Partnered with CrimeStoppers International, Airline Ambassadors and other NGOs addressing this growing epidemic, Ms. Rodriguez launched Beacon by WanderSafe, an IoT safety ecosystem in Cannes in October 2018. Connect with her on social media @DigitalGodess.

Stephenie is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, female founder, and she is passionate about personal safety. With more than 25 years in technology and more than 55 countries visited, Ms. Rodriguez is renown for her work in the travel sector working with big brands including Club Med, Sydney Airport, Cebu Pacific Air, and Accolade Wines as a digital transformation solution architect. In 2016, she founded JOZU for WOMEN Inc, and in 2017, launched WanderSafe.com with a mission of positively impacting 1 billion lives by 2025 and reducing human trafficking and illicit crimes. Partnered with CrimeStoppers International, Airline Ambassadors and other NGOs addressing this growing epidemic, Ms. Rodriguez launched Beacon by WanderSafe, an IoT safety ecosystem in Cannes in October 2018. Connect with her on social media @DigitalGodess.

 
 
Prinitha Govender is a well known face in Australian retail. She is the Founder and Editor of retail and lifestyle publication Prinitha & Co. and a Creative Consultant, helping retailers and e-commerce companies to provide an outstanding customer experience and collaborating with retailers and brands to create engaging content. She is also the Co-Founder of retail tech startup Buttonzz. Prinitha made her mark in the retail space during her role as Editor of Power Retail, Australian news publication for online and multichannel retailers. She also has three successful books on retail, e-commerce and technology under her belt.  Prinitha is a thought leader in the retail and e-commerce space. As Editor, she has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest retail strategies, consumer trends and vendor pitches. She sees all the wins, the fails and the hopes lined up around the next big thing. Her strong editorial voice, technical grasp and expertise on the retail industry and her passion for shopping, and the consumer experience, blends well to provide a well rounded scope around retail.  Prinitha also has a background in TV news and sports presenting, an editorial background in digital and newspaper publishing, as well as communications advisory in politics. She is a self-confessed health nut, is big on fashion and she certainly loves a bit of retail therapy to compliment her personal style.

Prinitha Govender is a well known face in Australian retail. She is the Founder and Editor of retail and lifestyle publication Prinitha & Co. and a Creative Consultant, helping retailers and e-commerce companies to provide an outstanding customer experience and collaborating with retailers and brands to create engaging content. She is also the Co-Founder of retail tech startup Buttonzz. Prinitha made her mark in the retail space during her role as Editor of Power Retail, Australian news publication for online and multichannel retailers. She also has three successful books on retail, e-commerce and technology under her belt.

Prinitha is a thought leader in the retail and e-commerce space. As Editor, she has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest retail strategies, consumer trends and vendor pitches. She sees all the wins, the fails and the hopes lined up around the next big thing. Her strong editorial voice, technical grasp and expertise on the retail industry and her passion for shopping, and the consumer experience, blends well to provide a well rounded scope around retail.

Prinitha also has a background in TV news and sports presenting, an editorial background in digital and newspaper publishing, as well as communications advisory in politics. She is a self-confessed health nut, is big on fashion and she certainly loves a bit of retail therapy to compliment her personal style.

Rebekah is the Founder of Zambesi.com, an education marketplace that enables expert practitioners to create and lead their own face-to-face training programs. Zambesi launched in October 2017 and already offers 30 courses taught by leaders at companies including Canva, Airtasker, Hipages, Domain, TEDxSydney, Evernote, St George Bank and more.  Prior to Zambesi, Rebekah Cofounded Hey You, Australia’s largest technology application for cafes and quick service restaurants. Hey You is transforming the way we discover and interact with storeowners and order and pay via our mobile phones. The company processes more than 150,000 paid transactions per week has raised more than $10M in venture capital from high profile investors including Westpac (via Reinventure).  Rebekah is a serial entrepreneur. At age twenty-two, she founded Scorpio Music, which grew to become one of Australia’s most successful music companies, launching the careers of Matt Corby, George, Evermore, Lisa Mitchell and many more. In 2010, she developed a new model in online ticket promotion which she sold to Future Music two years later.  Rebekah writes extensively on entrepreneurship and innovation. She held a weekly column in The New York Times from 2012 – 2015 and she currently contributes to The Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine. Rebekah is a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council advising the State Government on innovation initiatives for NSW.

Rebekah is the Founder of Zambesi.com, an education marketplace that enables expert practitioners to create and lead their own face-to-face training programs. Zambesi launched in October 2017 and already offers 30 courses taught by leaders at companies including Canva, Airtasker, Hipages, Domain, TEDxSydney, Evernote, St George Bank and more.

Prior to Zambesi, Rebekah Cofounded Hey You, Australia’s largest technology application for cafes and quick service restaurants. Hey You is transforming the way we discover and interact with storeowners and order and pay via our mobile phones. The company processes more than 150,000 paid transactions per week has raised more than $10M in venture capital from high profile investors including Westpac (via Reinventure).

Rebekah is a serial entrepreneur. At age twenty-two, she founded Scorpio Music, which grew to become one of Australia’s most successful music companies, launching the careers of Matt Corby, George, Evermore, Lisa Mitchell and many more. In 2010, she developed a new model in online ticket promotion which she sold to Future Music two years later.

Rebekah writes extensively on entrepreneurship and innovation. She held a weekly column in The New York Times from 2012 – 2015 and she currently contributes to The Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine. Rebekah is a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council advising the State Government on innovation initiatives for NSW.

 
 
Paula is a recent career changer, making the switch from Electrical engineer to Software Developer. She loves the challenge of solving difficult problems alongside inspiring and honest human beings. Mum of two and learner for life, Paula still enjoys living in (what's left) of the analog world.

Paula is a recent career changer, making the switch from Electrical engineer to Software Developer. She loves the challenge of solving difficult problems alongside inspiring and honest human beings. Mum of two and learner for life, Paula still enjoys living in (what's left) of the analog world.

 
 

TECH & INDUSTRY PANELLISTS

 
 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS //

 
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MAJOR PARTNER 2019

 
 
 

 

GIFT SPONSORS 2019

 
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FAQ //

What time is registration?

Registrations open at 9.00am and the event will commence at 10AM. There will be free coffee so come early, grab a coffee and enjoy mingling with other attendees.

Are men welcome to attend?

Of course! Whilst this conference will be showcasing Female Entrepreneurs and Women in Tech, just like other years, we will be welcoming everyone to attend. We encourage men to be part of the conference, and the conversation.

What ID requirements do I need to bring to enter the event?

League Members: If you are a League of Extraordinary Women member you will need to show any form of photo ID with your full name at the registration desk so that we can double-check that you're on our League member list.

Students: If you are a student please show your student ID at the registration.

Please ensure that you bring your ID on the day, failure to show either of the above may result in an additional charge for the difference to a general admission ticket or refusal of entry to the conference.

What should I bring to the event?

The most important thing...yourself! But also don't forget to bring your business cards, your smartphone and last but not least, an open mind and positive attitude.

Is there a cloakroom?

No, unfortunately not however you will have plenty of room for your personal belongings, where you will be seated.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch break will be from 12.20PM - 1PM. Although there are snacks included in your goodie bags, lunch will not be served at this conference. There are several cafes and restaurants around Fed Square within 2 minute walking distance or you are welcome to bring your own lunch along.