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Inspiring Women - Women in Technology Panel

Panel discussion highlighting successful Women in Technology and their career journeys .

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Tue 17 May 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual + In person


The Globe Theatre, 312 Main Street, Palmerston North Central, Palmerston North 4410

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Inspiring Women - Women in Technology Panel

Women have always played a massive role in advancing digital technology. From its inception with Grace Hopper and her machine-independent programming languages, to the women behind the Apollo space missions, all the way to today’s Susan Wojcicki of Google and YouTube, women have left an indelible mark on the world of technology.

So why is it that women make up only 25% of the digital technology sector in New Zealand? Tech careers can be highly paid and flexible, as well as give you the ability to work in loads of different industries and with some really cool tech. And it’s not just good for the employees - studies show that companies with greater diversity at all levels are higher performing and meet customer needs better. Getting women into IT careers is important and it all starts with education!

UCOL’s Inspiring Women event is all about showcasing local Manawatū women in tech and their amazing career journeys, what inspires them and why they are passionate about IT. Attendees will be able to ask their burning questions about IT careers, network with the panellists over some free kai and enter in the running to win a $100 Noel Leeming voucher.

Join UCOL, ManawaTech and Author-it on Tuesday 17 May, 12pm - 2pm at the Globe Theatre 2 (Main Street, Palmerston North) and prepare to be amazed by the opportunities open to Manawatū women in the tech scene.

This community event listing is made possible with the support of NZTech


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Kate Hyndman

CTO, Author-it

Kate is the current ASC Author-it CTO.  Kate has carved a formidable career since graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Technology in Information Engineering (Hons). She was most recently CEO for a New Zealand software business, Radium, group CTO for FNZ, a fintech company which she helped grow from start up to large enterprise, and is also a non-executive director for other incredible global businesses. Kate knows how to scale software and build great teams, and has carefully but quickly built ASC to be set up for success.

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Sarah Ellison

Head of IT Operations, Author-it

Sarah is the Head of IT Operations at ASC Author-it. Sarah has a degree in Management Information Systems from Massey University as well as an MBA. Sarah’s previous roles were at NZTA and, most recently, Massey in Palmerston North. As her career has grown, she has held various roles including a Senior Database Administrator and Enterprise Architecture Manager. Alongside her deep technical knowledge, Sarah puts a strong emphasis on people development and their career progression, so is a talented and respected tech leader.  

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Hannah Love

Product Owner and former Software Engineer, Author-it

Hannah holds a Diploma in Science and Technology from Massey University and her technology career is flourishing. Hannah spent a few years in administration roles before moving into a technology role, where she grew her career as a Software Developer before joining ASC as a Software Engineer. Her positive attitude, strong technical skills and potential were highlighted early on. ASC Author-it have recently promoted Hannah to a Product Owner where she plays a key role between the Engineering team and Product team.

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Emma Glendinning

Project Manager, Yorb Ltd

A Project Manager at Yorb Ltd, Emma's goal is simply to be the best in her field and make a name for herself as the one you will need on your team when you have a challenging project. Emma has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information and Communications Technology with a double major in Business and Systems Analysis and Project Management. Since graduating, she has also become a qualified Agile practitioner and has the Prince2 Foundation certification. Having been a stay at home mum with no qualifications 6 years ago, she is pretty proud of what she has achieved in a short time and hopes she can inspire others to take that leap.

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