The alliance was formed by a collaboration of industry organisations, government agencies and businesses that together amplify awareness and strengthen frameworks to increase the participation of women and minority groups in the digital tech industry.
#TechDiversity is now seeking nominations for individuals and groups who have demonstrated diversity leadership across one or more of four key awards categories –education, business, government and/or advertising. These "leaders" will be announced in early July and recognised at #TechDiversity’s gala dinner at Melbourne Town Hall on August 4, when an overall "champion" will also be announced.
Award nominations will be accepted via the #TechDiversity awards website. Nominations close on June 26.
The initiative to form #TechDiversity is spearheaded by a committee representing 13 industry groups and businesses, including Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Industry Association, Females in IT and Telecommunications, Vic ICT for Women, SeniorPreneurs — Mia, Artesian Venture Partners, Method9, Startupbootcamp — and Optus and Nexec Leaders.
In addition to the awards and recognition program and gala dinner, the new industry group holds quarterly networking functions for members to share ideas for initiatives and projects that drive diversity across the digital sector.
To contact #TechDiversity co-founder Deirdre Diamante, AIIA Victoria Council Deputy Chair and Mia director, to get involved or express interest in #TechDiversity by emailing her at email@example.com.