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Event 2021

Women in Technology - 11 November 2021, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
University of Tasmania, Podium Building, Hobart

Program Agenda

Introduction and Keynote Address (3:00pm to 3:30pm)

Workshop options 1 (3:30pm to 4:00pm)

Workshop option 2 (4:00pm to 4:30pm)

Networking (4:30pm to 5:00pm)

Note: All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

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Job Readiness and Skills Transfer

Room A - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

  • Resume Content and Preparation
  • How to successfully apply and interview for an IT role
  • Using your current skills to find a job in the IT Industry
  • Why non-IT skills are needed to support the IT Industry


Headshot Georgi Brown Georgi Brown, Managing Director of Red Apple IT, is Tasmanian born and relocated to Sydney for 20 years to build a successful career in IT Recruitment.

Having worked with a range of clients including Accenture, MLC, Optus, NBN Co, Woolworths, Federal Government and NSW Government, IBM, Cochlear, Canva, Icon Water, etc and placed hundreds of contract and permanent IT people across Australia, she knows the importance of being happy at work.

Georgi is a big believer in diversity in the Tech Industry. As we enter a world of AI, machine learning and decision-making software, it’s more critical than ever that we work towards gender and diversity balance. Women are widely underrepresented in technology and Red Apple IT is on a mission to change that.

Now solely based in Tasmania, Red Apple IT are a proudly female-majority and Tasmanian owned business and have a current female ICT contracting workforce of 60%. Red Apple IT is passionate about connecting the right people to the right environment, so that people can find their happiness and learn to put it first.

Entrepreneurship and building a meaningful network

Room A - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

  • Mentors - how to find and make the most of good mentors
  • Entrepreneurship Hacks
  • Being a female in the Technology Industry


Headshot Georgie ArmstrongGeorgie has been practicing as a designer for over a decade, working across many sectors, listening to, and solving problems for her clients. UX has been a focus, with human behaviour and the human experience at the centre of her curiosity. Georgie has always valued being connected to her community, and driven by impact over profit.

With community hubs in their sights, Georgie first developed Gretel Analytics to observe human behaviour in public arts spaces, but her interest was quickly piqued in February 2020 when she read the Royal Commission’s (Aged Care Quality and Safety) preliminary findings. It was clear that the sector could benefit from a system which provided accountability, transparency and insights. Subsequently, conversations with aged care providers were immediately engaging.

"Technology can provide evidence-based insights in the place of previously unreliable anecdotal evidence. The ability to report accurately in real-time, and provide powerful temporal analytics is a game changer in a dynamic aged services sector seeking meaningful solutions."

"Using smart data, and being in-tune with users and their needs, we can propel aged services in Australia to where they need to be, through risk mitigation, hazard identification and augmentation of existing human resources. To a place where quality consumer-centric care is provided in a manner which advocates the dignity, and agency our ageing population is entitled to."

On the road to finding her passion in serving a vulnerable segment of our community, Georgie has come to believe that dignity driven, consumer centred, quality care is not just a possibility, it's an economic and social imperative.  For transparency, efficiency, and quality to prevail in the next chapter of aged care, Gretel is providing data to drive best care decisions. Georgie is excited to be a part of the solution.

Technology Adventure Part 1

Room B - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

  • How a career in Technology can lead you down career pathways you could never imagine. Explore the potential career adventures and what it may look like for you


Headshot Kristy de Salas.Kristy de Salas is an Associate Professor in the Information & Communication discipline in the School of Technology, Environments and Design, University of Tasmania in Australia.

Kristy primarily teaches and researches in the domains of Business Process Management and Information Systems, with a specific focus on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Kristy also studies project management, identifying opportunities for improvement in methodology and implementation.

Most recently, Kristy has commenced studies in human behaviour in the areas of health, education, and conservation and the opportunities to modify individual and group behaviours through technology-based interventions

Headshot Erin RoehrerBefore joining the University of Tasmania Erin worked in the financial industry as an ICT project consultant.  Erin joined the University in 2009 as a research assistant in the school of Accounting in the Faculty of Business (now the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics) and has been an academic member of staff since 2010.

Erin is a core member of the transnational teaching team from the School of ICT that manages the delivery the Bachelor of Information Systems to the AIEN Institute at Shanghai Oceans University (AIEN SHOU).  This team has worked towards creating innovative mechanisms in the delivery of Transnational Higher Education and the team’s success was recognised with a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in 2015. In 2016 Erin’s continuous leadership in improving the learning experience for the students resulted in her appointment as an Academic Mentor for the BIS Degree at SHOU by the then Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Erin is currently the program leader of the UTAS SHOU TNE program and reports to both the College of Business and Economics and the College of Sciences and Engineering. Her individual success in learning and teaching excellence has also been recognised by her peers, most recently by receipt of her second Teaching Merit Certificate in 2019.

Technology Adventure Part 2

Room B - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

  • Learn how jobs from technology permeate every sector from Service Provider, Banking & Finance, Manufacturing, Education, Health, Government and Retail.
  • Know what it means to leverage the power of global relationships, collaboration and learning to build a strong eco-system of Women in Technology
  • Understand how a woman can manage work life balance with IT and flexible working environments.


Headshot Punam PantaA Consultant with over 25 years of experience in Networking working closely with key customers in a range of various industries including Service Provider, Banking & Finance, Manufacturing, Education, Health, Government and Retail to design and deliver technical solutions to complex business problems.

Punam started her career as a Frontline Junior Network Engineer and followed on working for a Leading Networking Company in various roles including Senior Network Engineer, Solutions Architect, Program Manager, Customer Success Manager and Senior Project Manager.

Punam is currently working as a Senior Project Manager at the University of Tasmania