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Series 1/3 - If we want diversity in tech where and how do we start?

This is part one of a three-part 'GD1 diversity in tech series.' How can we address and alleviate underrepresented groups in Aotearoa?

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Wed 18 May 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Nationwide (more than one region)

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Series 1/3 - If we want diversity in tech where and how do we start?

This is part one of a three-part 'GD1 diversity in tech series.'

How can we address and alleviate underrepresented groups in Aotearoa New Zealand tech industry?

Join our Community Manager Erin Anderson Scott as she hosts a panel and Q & A session + interactive workshop with key industry players.

From building youth and university pathways to hiring and employment, what is currently being done, and how can we do better will all be covered in a way that is not simply 'listen and learn but engage, share and collectively learn.'

In alignment with 'less hui, more doey' this session will go beyond talking about diversity and inclusion as a topic and deep dive into what actions we as individuals and businesses can and are taking to change the landscape of tech in Aotearoa New Zealand.



Edwina Mistry

Founder CreateOps and Y-Tech

Edwina is the Founder and Director of CreateOps. She started ShadowTech which is now run by TechWomen NZ and is on the board of Tech for Good NZ, a member of the Industry Advisory board of School of Product design – University of Canterbury, NZ and a member of the Age Concern Auckland board.

She has over 30 years of experience in the tech sector and has worked with large technology companies both locally and overseas.

As Industry and Community Engagement Manager for Manukau Institute of Technology, she received the Excellence award for designing and implementing the internship model and she and her team were placing over 400 students per year in industry, the internship model was recognised by NZQA as one of the best in tertiary.

She is passionate about encouraging more women and youth to consider careers in technology and has initiated and started many programmes in partnership with industry such as Ytech, ShadowTech, Jhack, Experience IT in the Real World, Programming Challenge for Girls and Codecamp.

Edwina has worked for many years mainly in low decile school areas and with Maori and Pasifika youth by empowering, motivating and creating opportunities for them with industry.

In 2017 she was recognised for her work with youth, industry and community and won the CIO100 - ICT Enabled Community Award. In 2018 ShadowTech the programme she founded 10 years ago to encourage school girls to consider careers in technology and is now run in collaboration with TechWomen was awarded the CIO award for Community enabled project. 

Edwina has been a keynote speaker at the Women in STEM Leadership Summit as well been a speaker at many corporate and education diversity events.  She represented NZ as a speaker at the 'APEC WORKSHOP ADVANCING INCLUSION THROUGH ENHANCING WOMEN AND GIRLS' DIGITAL LITERACY AND SKILLS IN THE CONTEXT OF INDUSTRY 4.0.'

Through her work, she is very keen to bridge the gender gap and be inclusive by educating men and women to encourage and empower women to consider careers in technology. 


Phil Kupenga

Creator of the Tairawhiti Tech Talent Incubator

Phil’s early career was with the New Zealand Police, before embarking into the field of Business Analysis where he’s spent the last 13 years. After building a solid foundation with the Department of Corrections, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Inland Revenue he formed his Consultancy business “Next Chapter” in 2013. 

SInce then he has been utilising his expertise engaged as a contract Business Analyst Consultant for a range of government departments in Wellington for the past 8 years. This has seen him work on a range of both Information Technology (IT) and complex business projects. Gisborne born and bred with strong Ngati Porou and Te-Whanau-a- Apanui connections he is passionate about getting more Maori into technology as a career choice. 

This has seen him return to his hometown of Gisborne in 2020 with the support of Ministry of Social Development, Dev Academy and Taiki E, to provide a programme that trains the local community to gain advance digital skills (coding), with the goal of getting them employment in the region. Phil is passionate about this kaupapa and getting more diversity into the Aotearoa Tech industry.


Athena Q. Churchill

Co-Founder at HireLyte | Startup Club President

Athena is a final year University student studying Bsci/Bcom (Statistics, finance, economics). Whilst still at Uni she started her own business in talent acquisition for tech startups and has worked for some of New Zealand and Australia’s fastest growing startups.

Athena started a new club this year open to all New Zealand students, StartUp Club NZ, which aims to educate students on a career in startups and connect students with jobs in startup land.

Athena is passionate about climate tech and sustainability. She has also interned at Macquarie Capital in the Investment Banking division and Fletcher Building in the sustainability division.

She is an absolute delight to chat with. Her passion for diversity in tech, and creating tech and startup pathways is second to none.


Greg Denton

Co-Founder at Matchstiq.io

Greg Denton, is the Co-founder of Matchstiq, a career pathways platform on a mission to make a career in tech more accessible to everyone.

He is passionate about helping more young people see the opportunity to work in Aotearoa's fastest-growing industry and give them access to relatable people who can help light the path.

Modest to say the least, Greg has an impressive and diverse range of international experience working across multiple industries and countries.https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-denton/


Erin Anderson Scott

Community Manager GD1

Erin is passionate about connecting people, businesses, and communities.

Currently, she is the Community Manager at GD1 VC firm. Her international experience and diverse background have given her a strong understanding of the digital divide, the benefits of technology, and how they can be utilised to create positive change.

She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and collaboration over competition. In a previous role with Australian based company Fitted for Work, she helped deliver Australia's first transgender women in work programs, worked alongside large corporates to streamline sustainability and inclusivity initiatives, and has delivered thousands of programs and services to women and gender diverse clients facing disadvantage.

Outside of work you'll find Erin coaching tennis, exploring art galleries, out on an adventure, or investigating sustainable fashion avenues.