Coding classes for girls and the wonderful women in their life to role model learning in STEM
Girl Geek Academy school holiday workshops will upskill parents and guardians alongside their children to address the wider societal issues of gender imbalance
Australia, 9 January 2019: Girl Geek Academy has partnered with regional women’s health promotion agency, Women’s Health East to deliver a series of STEM-focused workshops aimed at tackling gender imbalance in technology careers and promoting equality in the classroom.
The workshops will be rolled out in January and March 2019 across Melbourne’s East to support mums, daughters, aunts, nieces, grandparents, neighbours, and more groups of women and girls to learn coding together. Every young person will bring along a parent or guardian and Girl Geek Academy will be delivering the successful #MissMakesCode program model, which is specifically aimed at engaging young girls aged 5-8 into STEM.
Girl Geek Academy co-founder and CEO, Sarah Moran said: “Currently there is a lack of a STEM-based program that educates both women and girls in the same classroom, and we know the exponential value of working to build intergenerational STEM knowledge. By bringing women and girls together into one workshop, we are able to create something more vital and long-lasting — an instant role model within their immediate family.
“By upskilling the women parents and guardians, the girls have a role model in their household who shows confidence and interest in technology, and can work with them on coding games and STEM schoolwork. It could also be an opportunity for the women to explore a new career path option if they wish to cross-skill into this in-demand profession.”
The sessions will focus not only on technical coding skills, but also contain content and discussions around gender equality and cyber safety. Studies show that gender equality is a precondition for the prevention of family violence and other forms of violence against women and girls.
“It’s a privilege to partner with Women’s Health East on this initiative. Studies have shown societies with more gender equality have decreased rates of family violence, because it creates a society based on respect. Gender equality affects everyone, men and women, and should be a priority both in the workplace and in the home,” said Ms Moran.
Women’s Health East is the women’s health promotion agency for the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) of Melbourne. Its vision is equality, empowerment, health and wellbeing for all women. A key priority of Women’s Health East is advancing gender equality, through important projects like #MissMakesCode.
“Women are underrepresented in STEM-related fields. This is not because of a lack of talent, rather women and girls experience a range of gendered barriers to getting involved in STEM. Some of these begin early where girls are not encouraged to develop analytical and spatial skills through play. #MissMakesCode is a fun way to begin to bridge this divide for young girls in the EMR,” said Jayde McBurnie,Together For Equality & Respect Manager.
Through this initiative, both Girl Geek Academy and Women’s Health East hope to address the issue of gender inequality in STEM subjects, which is a leading cause of workplace inequality as there are simply not enough women with the skills to work in technology and STEM careers.
Ms Moran continued: “Our long-term aim is to explore whether this important behaviour modelling will result in influencing more girls to continue with STEM education, which we will do with ongoing evaluation at regular intervals after the workshop.”
These workshops are supported by the Victorian Government as part of Free From Violence – Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. The initiative’s goal of creating a safe and equal society for all Victorians is championed by Girl Geek Academy, whose focus is on addressing a broad range of technology gender equality issues.
Supporting partners also include Yarra Ranges Council, Inspiro Community Health, Maroondah Council, Whitehorse Council and Monash Council.
For more information, please visit: www.girlgeekacademy.com/events
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CA ANZ partners with Fishburners to capitalise on disruption in the profession
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High-profile alumni that were ‘born’ at Fishburners include successful startups such as Koala, GoCatch, graphic design marketplace DesignCrowd, Code Camp, Tinybeans, Madpaws, Jayride and Hyper Anna. Koala, Australia’s highest-rated mattress, raised $15m and generated $14m in revenue in its first year.
Tyro to develop one-stop POS and app integration for SMEs
Tyro platform to connect customer apps with POS systems and merchants to reduce admin for all
Sydney, Australia, 14 May 2018 – Tyro, Australia’s business-only bank, today announced a deal that will see it deliver an API platform designed to remove the complexities and expense of integrating multiple apps and point of sale (POS) systems, by providing a single integration solution.
Expanding on its deep experience in payments integration with POS systems, Tyro’s platform will sit at the centre of a network that seamlessly connects POS systems and apps. It will eliminate the need for POS players to build and maintain multiple integrations, and in doing so, they will benefit from significant cost savings, and an increased value proposition to their customers. For small to medium enterprises (SMEs), it will radically simplify how they onboard, manage and switch between the plethora of apps available to businesses and those that are increasingly being demanded by consumers.
Initially focusing on the hospitality industry, Tyro has formed partnerships with six leading POS providers in the sector to develop and deliver a much-needed transformation to the connectivity between POS, apps and merchants. Central to the agreements is Tyro’s role as the exclusive app integrator and platform provider for these six POS providers in respect of certain integrations (including but not limited to delivery, ordering, reservation, data and analytics, logistics and workforce management apps). Tyro believes that this innovative ‘one-stop’ solution will encourage other POS providers to sign up alongside foundation partners, Bepoz, Fedelta, Idealpos, OrderMate, Redcat and SwiftPOS. Tyro already has a number of arrangements in place with app providers and is looking to significantly increase this number over the coming months, focusing on those that provide the best experience for merchants and their customers.
As it stands today, consumers are ’loving’ the accessibility of order-ahead apps – they can order from anywhere to anywhere at their convenience, receive offers, discounts and loyalty points instantly, and save time. Meanwhile, merchants are weighed down, currently requiring the installation of multiple separate devices and plug-in points in order to service the range of different order-ahead, loyalty and booking apps their customers want to use. This causes clutter and mayhem at the front counter. At the end of the day, reconciliation of the orders generated from each separate app is a labour-intensive chore.
Robbie Cooke, CEO of Tyro, said, “Merchants are increasingly interacting with their customers through order-ahead apps, loyalty and rewards apps and bookings apps, amongst others. While customers are loving how easy these apps are to use, the complexity of juggling multiple systems to accommodate different apps and POS systems is an onerous by-product of meeting customer expectations, not to mention the counter space all the devices occupy and the tangle of cables.”
“Tyro is uniquely positioned to solve this problem and streamline merchant processes with our POS partners. Currently, we directly integrate with more than 240 POS and PMS systems, more than any other bank in Australia, and we have the in-house technical capability to take a lead creating a broad ecosystem of POS software providers and apps.”
Mr Cooke said the scaling potential for the platform is exciting and far-reaching. Merchants will not need to be payments or banking customers of Tyro to access the connectivity benefits of this initiative.
Tyro is diversifying its offering and responding to merchant needs through innovative design and a single-minded focus on delivering a better business experience. The platform will extend Tyro’s offerings outside its existing EFTPOS and banking space.
Tyro’s launch into app integration is another indication of its strong commitment to SMEs following the release of its industry-first least-cost routing product, Tap & Save, and the launch of Flexible Settlements, which allows merchants to choose a daily settlement time to suit their business operations.
“In time, we intend to extend the platform to offer benefits to retail and health merchants, as well as other uses including staff management, analytics, loyalty, marketing, booking and inventory management. The platform will also enable us to consolidate and deliver insights gathered across multiple applications to help merchants run their businesses,” Mr Cooke added.
Tyro plans to bring the platform to the hospitality sector during financial year 2019 and roll out across other sectors shortly thereafter.
Tyro is an Australian Bank and operates under the supervision of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).
Tyro provides credit, debit and eftpos card acquiring, Medicare and private health fund claiming and rebating services, as well as an interest bearing transaction and deposit account offering integration with Xero cloud accounting. Tyro takes money on deposit and offers unsecured cash-flow based lending to Australian EFTPOS merchants.
Tyro currently serves more than 22,000 customers with its own in-house, cloud-based mobile core banking platform.
For more information, visit tyro.com.
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David Thodey AO to join the Tyro Payments Board
Sydney, Australia, 25 October 2018 – Tyro, Australia’s fast-growing business bank, today announced that David Thodey AO has accepted an invitation to join its Board as a non-executive director with the appointment to take effect in November 2018. In announcing the appointment Tyro’s Chairman Mr Kerry Roxburgh said:
“It is with great pleasure that I announce David Thodey is joining Tyro as a non-executive director. David’s extensive management, leadership and technology experience makes him a welcome addition to our Board. I am looking forward to David joining us in November and having the benefit of his expertise as we chart Tyro’s future course”.
Mr Thodey is a global technology and telecommunications executive with more than 30 years of experience – 25 of those in Asia. He has a track record of creating brand and shareholder value and has been successfully involved in innovation across a wide range of sectors. Mr Thodey was the CEO of Telstra (2009 to 2015) and prior to that had a 22-year career with IBM, working in senior marketing and sales positions, including CEO of IBM Australia/New Zealand.
He is currently Chairman of CSIRO and Director of Ramsay Health Care and Jobs for NSW. He is active in the venture capital industry as an advisor to Square Peg Capital and holds Board positions with several private companies. Mr Thodey is also Chairman, NSW Quantum Computing Fund, a member of the Advisory Board of United Healthcare and is on the Investment Committee of Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund that listed on the ASX in August 2017.
Mr Thodey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Anthropology, from Victoria University in New Zealand, and completed post-graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business in Chicago, Illinois. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016 and was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for integrity and leadership in business.
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