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Women in Tech and Startups

#SheHacks – Bootcamps, Hackathon and Incubator

Women in Games

#SheMakesGames and #SheHacksGames

Women who Make

#SheMakes and our very own robot, #MissBOT

Women in Tech and Startups

#SheHacks – Bootcamps, Hackathon and Incubator

In 2014, Girl Geek Academy launched the first all-women hackathon in the world, #SheHacks. Running from Friday to Sunday, teams of 3-4 begin the ideation process, before iterating a product or solution on the Saturday and pitching on the Sunday. The program is fully supported by specialist mentors and recognises the diversity of skillsets of participants – creative, business, and technical.

In 2017, with the support of LaunchVic, we developed a comprehensive bootcamp program to new women talent to the startup world. We also launched the #sheHacks Incubator. This incubator program included a series of workshops covering lean principles, customer acquisition, HR basics, brand, marketing and PR basics, finance basics, legal basics, pitching feedback and raising capital from investors.

Women in Games

#SheMakesGames and #SheHacksGames

Currently, only 18 per cent of employees within Australia’s video game development industry identify as women, yet women are consuming games just as much as men. Girl Geek Academy co-founder, Lisy Kane, is dedicated to increasing the number of women visible in key positions within the industry, which she believes is a huge barrier to other women seeing themselves as valuable contributors to the gaming community.

#SheMakesGames is a one-day event designed to meet the learning needs of early career practitioners in the games industry. This event is a great place to start if you’re building a successful career in the games industry, with panel discussions, networking, game play and more.

#SheHacksGames is a weekend game jam where women are strategically matched into teams and have two days to create a game of any genre and any platform. Providing a premium opportunity for women looking to hone their skills in game development, participants are guided by key mentors from the game development industry.

These initiatives are designed for women who are new or early into their games industry careers and are seeking more hands-on experience, more exposure to the industry, and more opportunities to experience how their skills fit within the game development industry.

Women who Make

#SheMakes and our very own robot, #MissBOT

If you’re full of curiosity about 3D printing, wearables and everything in between this event introduces basic Making concepts in a friendly way. More advanced makers also have the opportunity to get down and dirty with design software and coding, soldering your wearables and messing around with the printers we have for the event. Like all of our events, #SheMakes is a great way to learn new skills, test new business ideas and meet new people to build things with.

On Saturday October 11, 2014 Girl Geek Academy launched Australia’s first all-women makerfest, #SheMakes. This event starts with a presentation on making and what it means for women, and in our inaugural year this included a keynote talk from one of the world’s leading speakers on 3D printing and modelling for Women; Ann Marie Shillito, Founder and CEO of Anarkik3D.

Panel discussions, maker talks and workshops including Girl Geek Makers 101, 3D Printing Hands On (and associated technology) and Wearable Hands On and more interactive experiences shine light on the possible pathways for women makers and those new to making.

Want to make awesome wearables? Got a 3D printer and don’t know how to use it? Want to scan yourself with a 3D scanner? Come and play with us as we explore the possibilities of making at our next #SheMakes.

PROGRAMS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

Can’t make our workshops? No worries! We can come to you and offer a program in your community. It’s a fabulous opportunity for parents and guardians to experience coding alongside their girls.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tech Savvy Women: Free event for women of all ages

Wednesday 27 June

July School Holiday Program: #MissMakesCode (5-8 years)

Wednesday 4 July

July School Holiday Program: #MissMakesCode (5-8 years)

Friday 13 July

Sep/Oct Holiday Program: #MissMakesCode (5-8 years)

Thursday 27 September

Sep/Oct Holiday Program: #MissMakesCode (5-8 years)

Friday 5 October

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