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Introducing the new and improved Go Girl Avatars!

The Go Girl, Go for IT Communications has been hard at work over the last 2 months to work on evolving the Go Girl brand and we are thrilled to introduce you to our new look and feel. Introducing our new Go Girl avatars!

As part of this process, we have made the decision to retire the Go Girl pink head after 16 years of representing the brand. She has done us proud however the team felt it was time to evolve and continue the growth from 2016 when we introduced the Go Girl Avatar with the pink and navy blue colour scheme.

Secondly, we have updated the Go Girl colour palat moving away from the traditional pink. We wanted to make sure that Go Girl is empowering girls to think outside of the box and away from the stereotypes we are all too familar with. As a result the main colors for Go Girl are Marigold, Black and a pink.

We now have 2 colour schemes - Marigold is our primary scheme and black is our secondary. You will see these popping up on our social media and other marketing material over the next 24 hours.

These new avatars will continue to break glass ceilings with the Go Girl team. We hope you like them!

There are a lot of amazing things happening with the Go Girl. For those who are not already following us, please check out and follow our social media channels to stay up to date with all things Go Girl.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoGirlGo4IT/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gogirlgo4it/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/GoGirlGo4IT

We have also created a NEW LinkedIn Page - check us out and follow us at https://www.linkedin.com/company/18254587/

Go Girl Videos - Meet Rajitha Rajasingham​

As part of the lead up to Go Girl, Go for IT 2016  we partnered with Digital Careers to  create short videos that showcase some of the amazing female professionals currently working in IT. We want to show our future female IT leaders why we love working in IT and why they should follow in our footsteps. These local heroes each have a unique story and path to share and showcase the wide range of roles available in IT.

Please meet Rajitha Rajasingham, a Delivery Director at Oreta. Check out her story at our Local Heroes Page.

Local Heroes - Introducing Kelly Benson

As part of the lead up to Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 we will be showcasing some of the amazing women who are studying and working in IT and give them a chance to tell you their story. Our local heroes each have a unique story and path to share and showcase the wide range of roles available in IT. Please meet Kelly Benson, a Developer at Thoughtworks. To read more about Kelly, check out our Local Heroes page

Go Girl Videos – Meet Esther Lim

As part of the lead up to Go Girl, Go for IT 2016  we partnered with Digital Careers to  create short videos that showcase some of the amazing female professionals currently working in IT. We want to show our future female IT leaders why we love working in IT and why they should follow in our footsteps. These local heroes each have a unique story and path to share and showcase the wide range of roles available in IT.

Please meet Esther Lim, a Cybersecurity Specialist at Hivint. Check out her story at our Local Heroes Page.

Go Girl Videos - Meet Amelia Schmidt

As part of the lead up to Go Girl, Go for IT 2016  we partnered with Digital Careers to  create short videos that showcase some of the amazing female professionals currently working in IT. We want to show our future female IT leaders why we love working in IT and why they should follow in our footsteps. These local heroes each have a unique story and path to share and showcase the wide range of roles available in IT.

Please meet Amelia Schmidt, a UX designer and front-end engineer at Equiem. Check out her story at our Local Heroes Page.

 

 

 

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 8: Volunteers

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 8:  Volunteers Team.

The Volunteers team is a small team who recruit and then maintain a database of volunteers who work together to make the Go Girl Event a success.

Closer to the event date the volunteer team will ensure that Volunteers understand what is required of them, where to be and when, and register volunteers on the day. Around 200 volunteers are required to assist with the Go Girl event.

The volunteers come from many different backgrounds but all share a passion to inform girls about the wide range of exciting careers available in IT.

To find out more information or to volunteer for the margwilde@gmail.com

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 7: Facilities

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 7:  Facilities Team.

The Facilities team are Deakin University staff who liaise with the Go Girl steering committee to ensure that the event has all the space it needs to provide you with a fun, engaging and interesting day finding out about a career in IT. The team consists of just three passionate volunteers who between them have over 20 years’ experience organising and running Go Girl events.

Deakin University sponsors the event by providing the rooms, the technical infrastructure and other resources to accommodate the talks, workshops and trade show. You will have access to wifi through Deakin’s networks when you are on campus so bring your smartphones, iPads and tablets! You will be able to engage interactively with many of the activities on the day.

Deakin University’s Burwood campus is currently undergoing major renovation works but don’t worry, we have plan B and plan C in place to ensure you have a great experience on the day.

We look forward to seeing many of you at Deakin on 16th August.

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 6: Tradeshow

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 6: Tradeshow

The Tradeshow team is in charge of creating, planning and running the Tradeshow Expo at Go Girl. This is where sponsors and partners of Go Girl will be able to set up their booths, and showcase their companies and the IT careers they present.

The Tradeshow team are planning an awesome expo with interactive technology components where girls will be able to play around with a digital wall, pick their own music to play in the background via an app, take photos in the Insta-Photo Booth, command robots using phones, attend 3D printing demos, and talk to leading companies in the IT industry about what they do in IT, and how they got into their roles.  Attending girls will also be able to pick up a free showbag that we organise filled with tech sponsored goodies!

Our large team is made up of amazing IT professionals who have dedicated their own time to own and support the Tradeshow; by working on the concepts, processes, and logistics to pull together such a big and fun filled event.

If you have any questions about the Tradeshow please contact the team at tradeshow@gogirlgoforit.com

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 5: Account Management

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 5:  Account Management Team.

Have you always wondered what it would be like to be an Account Manager or have wondered what they actually do?  Here is your opportunity to find out.

The Go Girl Account Management team provides a single point of contact for all of our sponsors so they understand the expectations from all parties who require information from them for this large event.  We funnel that information back to the respective teams in a timely manner.  One of the first pieces of information we need to find out is if the sponsor is providing a speaker on the day or if they will be exhibiting in a booth.  There are different Go Girl teams that need this information to enable them to get on with their jobs so we liaise with the sponsor and feed the details back to the relevant team members.

To be part of the Account Management team all you need is good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to provide a high level of customer service.  It gives people a perfect opportunity to trial this career path before committing to a longer term role in an technology organisation.  If you think the role of Account Management is something you have always wanted to aspire to then give it a go by becoming part of our customer oriented team.

To find out more about the Account Management team please contact us the Account Management team lead at Joanne.Stubbs@bakersdelight.com.au

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 4: Communications team

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 4:  Communications team.

The Go Girl Communications team is in charge of creating, maintaining and evolving the Go Girl brand, social media strategy, key messages and look and feel of all Go Girl external communications. This means we are in charge of

  • Go Girl Website
  • Go Girl Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts
  • Creating and running campaigns throughout 2016 to increase Go Girl awareness
  • Designing Go Girl posters, brochures, artwork and event documentation
  • Writing stories and facilitating the publishing of stories about Go Girl
  • Maintaining close contact with our event patron Sophie Blachford

The communications team works closely with all other Go Girl streams to ensure consistent messaging and information is getting to the appropriate target audiences and stakeholders in the lead up to the event.

At the Go Girl event in August, our team gets to interact with all attendees and live tweet/post about the day. Our big goal for the 2016 event is to get #AnyGirl4IT and Go Girl trending on Twitter both in Melbourne and across Australia.

If you have any interest in joining our team or have any questions please contact us on communications@gogirlgoforit.com

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 3: Event Program

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 3:  Event Program team.

The 2016 Go Girl,Go for IT event aims to excite and engage female high school students by introducing them to the vast range of global, lucrative and varied career options in IT. The event will focus on inspiring students with fantastic role model speakers, showcasing latest technologies, getting some hands on experience and challenging any preconceptions of a career in IT! The Go Girl Go for IT Event Program itself requires careful planning and exceptional communication in order to achieve this ambitious goal.

The role of the Event Program team is to help shape the day by working with our sponsors and partners to craft an exciting line up of content for the girls to experience. The team plan out the structure of the sessions occurring on the day including who is speaking about what along with when and where they will need to be. There are a lot of logistics involved in running the day including the movements of the girls, teachers and the speakers. The team are very much focused on ensuring that everyone has clear view of where they need to be any given time and what exciting things they can expect on the day! And don’t worry, we’ve planned some break times in their too so everyone can share their stories with each other J

The Event Program team liaise with the program speakers to help them finesse their presentations/workshops. The aim is to make sure the girls will have a fun, engaging and on point experience which gets them excited about a career in IT!

Our awesome team is made up of 9 super-talented IT professionals from all different backgrounds and levels of experience, and who have themselves entered IT in a range of ways!  Each member volunteers an amazing amount of time and skill to support the Event Program while still doing their normal day job and juggling their daily lives and commitments. The team are very much looking forward to bringing together the best Go Girl program yet!

If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to get in touch with the Event Program team by emailing program@gogirlgoforit.com and we will be happy to respond to you!

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 2: Schools Liaison Team

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 2:  Schools Liaison Team.

Welcome to an insight into the Schools Liaison Team.  It is our job to work with the schools to get them inspired to come along to the event. We kind of figure that without the schools, we really don't have an event. I guess that makes our team super important?  Well, we think so!

So far, we have reached out to all the schools in Victoria and are now working through ways to get more and more of them to come along on the day. Once schools register their interest, it is our job to make all their problems go away. We are here to make it easy for schools to get to the event and to answer any questions they may have.

The most important message for schools is that funding is available to cover the cost of transport.  We want the schools to feel confident that the day is an event they won't want to miss!

Our team leader, Conrad, is making good use of his military and management background to keep us all in line. Or maybe we are all pretty good at that anyway. We are a team who are passionate about encouraging girls to participate in IT and we're looking forward to making Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 great.

To get in touch with the Schools Liaison team please email schools@gogirlgoforit.com

 

Meet the Go Girl Team Part 1: Sponsorship Team

The Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 team is made up of 9 streams which will be introduced through in a series of blog posts.

Part 1:  Sponsorship team.

Proud Sponsor of Go Girl web banner Horrizontal

One of teams that supports the Go Girl initiative are the Sponsorship team. As you can imagine, an event like this requires significant financial and corporate support to make it successful. The role of the sponsorship team is to identify, engage and build strong partnerships with our sponsors so that the Go Girl function has the funds and artefacts needed to be successful.

Sponsorship of the Go Girl event can take many shapes and sizes. From being a key contributor such as a Platinum sponsor, to being a Friend of Go Girl. There are no limits to the variations available to our sponsors and our goal is to provide the best outcome for both our sponsors and the Go Girl team.

Our volunteers in the Sponsorship team are from all different backgrounds and levels of experience. They provide their time to support the sponsorship team while still doing their normal day job and family commitments. Their goal is to ensure our sponsors work through the sponsorship process easily and quickly and with minimal disruption to the sponsor’s day to day operations.

If you are interested in finding out further information about the sponsorship opportunities available for the Go Girl Event, please contact Kathy Koschel, Head of Sponsorship on 0439 699 881 or via email at sponsors@gogirlforit.com

For more information about the levels of sponsorship available, check out the Sponsor Go Girl page

Volunteers needed for filmed interviews for Go Girl

Vic ICT for Women is partnering with Digital Careers to create short videos that showcase some of the amazing female professionals currently working in IT as part of the lead up to Go Girl Go for IT 2016. We want to show our future female IT leaders why we love working in IT and why they should follow in our footsteps.  We are looking for volunteers to participate in a filmed interview which will be broadcasted on our website and social media channels from June 2016. If you are interested in volunteering we will provide you with the list of questions before the interview so that you feel prepared and more at ease.

Eligible volunteer applicants will be:

  • Working either in a professional IT role, or is someone who has combined or applied IT to their profession e.g. web developers, digital and social media, creative services etc.
  • Working in or around Melbourne
  • Available for a 1 hour interview in April or May
  • Love their job and be willing to share their passion!

Please contact us at communications@gogirlgoforit.com  by Monday 29 of February 2016 if you would like to be considered.

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Vic ICT for Women Sponsor Eltham College e-LEMON-ators in F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge

Vic ICT for Women recently sponsored a team from Eltham College to compete in the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge. This challenge is world’s largest secondary school technology program which involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations. Each year the program engages more than 40,000 high school students in Australia and delivers industry-standard technology into schools which is made available to a further 300,000 students outside the program. The program relies on public speaking, project planning, development and management, resource procurement, industry links, graphic design and manufacturing engineering. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.

The Eltham College team called the e-LEMON-ators competed in the Victorian State Finals on the 25th and 26th of November at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. The team was made up of year 8 students Jenna Fehring, Mia Taranto, Rose Whitlock-Whyte, and Leon Catt and year 7 student Ruby Kahans.

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Vic ICT for Women are proud to sponsor to Eltham College to compete in the Victorian state finals. Programs like the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge are a great opportunity for students to learn new skills and get a chance to experience IT in new ways. Congrats to everyone on the team for a fantastic job!

Go Girl and Robogals attend Digital Learning Victoria Showcase

On the 23rd July, Sue Hogg from Go Girl Go for IT and Robogals Melbourne collaborated to deliver a presentation for 90 year 8 to year 11 female students at the Digital Learning Victoria showcase. The presentation aimed to give the students more information about IT and engineering and inspire the girls to consider these as a career option. During the presentation Sue listed many inspirational female role models for the girls and showed the students the rapid change and improvements of today's technology. The representatives from Robogals Melbourne, Qalissa and Shirley introduced different disciplines of engineering and ran an interactive robotic demonstration, which featured everyone's favourite, the robot puppy, the Segway robot and the Rubik’s cube solver.

From the survey conducted during the presentation, we found the students are more interested in 3D printing, laser cutting and robotic programs. These new technology trends will be great learning materials for students and should be targeted as interactive activities for future events.

Overall, the presentations were very successful and we received very positive feedback from both teachers and students.

If you want Go Girl to attend any event please reach out to us at enquiries@gogirlgoforit.com

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Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 Steering Committee Members

The Vic ICT for Women is proud to announce the establishment of the Steering Committee for the Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 event. Each is volunteering their time and skills to ensure that Go Girl 2016 is the best event yet. Director - Fi Slaven Account Management - Joanne Stubbs Communications - Sara Ogston Competitions - Jessica Bircsak Facilities - Jo Coldwell-Neilson Program - Sue Hogg School Liaison - Conrad Harvey Sponsorship - Kathy Koschel Tradeshow - Belinda Boo Thank You Event - Jessica Bircsak Volunteers - Margaret Wilde Program Management - Lyn Windsor

Watch this space for the call out for volunteers to help plan Go Girl 2016. We need your help to make our event possible.

Go Girl Competition winners

Vic ICT for Women is thrilled to announce the winners of the Go Girl Competition. The winners are

Poster design

The winning poster design and theme goes to Jacynth Lim from Macleod College. We will be using her poster design for all advertising of the Go Girl event.

Go Girl Hashtag

The winning Go Girl hashtag goes to Georgia Smith from Inaburra School inspired #AnyGirl4IT.

 

Congratulations girls on a job well done! We are so happy to be able to showcase your fantastic ideas for Go Girl.

 

 

 

 

Go Girl, Go for IT 2016 Date and Venue confirmed!

Vic ICT for Women is thrilled to announce that the next Go Girl, Go for IT event has been confirmed for Tuesday 16 August 2016 at Deakin University. We are excited to work with Deakin University again and looking forward to another exciting event.

Deakin announcement