In a world where women are underrepresented in Creative Tech, how do we attract the next generation of women to this career path? This session examines how we can make sure they are included, breaks down the perceived barriers to entry, and showcases the stories and achievements of women who are leading the way in their industry.
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When she was ten Katie Mangai wanted to be a ballet dancer or an engineer. Around the same time, she built her own dolls house with working light-switches and her family’s back room was generally awash with paper mâché and sewing projects.
Katie majored in theatre studies at university and after a brief stint as a freelance handbag designer and costumier she spent a few years as a drama teacher in the UK. A passionate belief in the transformative power of arts participation led to a Masters in Applied Theatre, which in turn led to a stint running an arts-based language school followed by four years using arts-based methodologies to teach financial literacy to primary students in Australia. From here she moved onto a creative team responsible for large scale behavior change programmes for young people addressing issues ranging from financial literacy to digital citizenship, social inclusion and attitudes to digital technology. Through all these endeavors a common thread has been a commitment to constant innovation, and the pursuit of the transformative moment, the ‘ah ha!’ of transition from disempowerment to empowerment.
In 2018 Katie worked on the launch of the Digital Ignition | Mapura Matihiko programme into NZ primary schools with a specific focus on supporting the bi-cultural foundations of this program designed to support the NZ digital technologies curriculum in decile 1 - 3 primary schools.
Katie now splits her time between her role as Arts Coordinator at St Hilda’s Collegiate School and that of student of fashion at Otago Polytechnic School of Design where she continues to be in passionate pursuit of creative solutions that embrace technology to bring lasting positive change to the world.
Zoe is the Managing Director of Runaway Play, an independent game developer and publisher making beautiful games inspired by the natural world. Runaway Play is located in Dunedin with 27 staff and makes games for players from all over the world - Runaway games are played by over a million people every month. Zoe has a strong background in the media industry. Prior to entering the games industry, she worked in Media, Television and Film for 15 years. Zoe was awarded the ‘Future Business Leader’ award at the 2014 Obiz Awards. She has been a speaker at NZGDC, is a board member for NZGDA and Startup Dunedin and is a key contributor to Runaway's #GirlsBehindTheGames campaign.
Starting, building and growing New Zealand businesses is the key driver for Bex Twemlow and all of the businesses, organisations, events and community programmes she is involved in. Bex is a founder of both Firebrand and Hail, sweat equity shareholder in Get Home Safe, strategic marketing advisor to Fiordland Lobster Company (China focussed) and lead strategist for Youth Employment Success - speaking authentically to "Going International from Dunedin" while continuing to nurture her community is without challenge.