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MELBOURNE - Women Dominating in Tech

  • YBF Ventures 520 Bourke St Melbourne (map)
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WHAT: Panel Discussion

WHERE: YBF Ventures, 520 Bourke St, Melbourne

WHEN: Wednesday, 14th November 2018

TIME: 6.30pm for a 7pm Start - 8.30pm

TOPIC // Blazing A Trail - Women Dominating in Tech

How do you arm the next generation of women with the tools & confidence to flourish in the world of coding? How do you disrupt the $628M rideshare industry to offer product that is designed by women, for women? And how do you use technology to ensure happy couples maintain their sanity throughout the wedding planning process?

Join us for an inspiring evening as we hear from a star-studded lineup of women who are blazing the trail in the tech world. We’ll be delving into topics that include addressing the gender gap in the tech industry, how to take an idea from nothing to beta launch in a few short months, how to scale a tech startup nationally, and much, much more.



Ally Watson || Co-founder, Code Like A Girl @codelikeagirlau

The Age named Ally Watson one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs of 2017. After spending seven years working as a .NET developer across the UK and Australia her unique and refreshing insights into the life of a woman in a male-dominated industry led her to co-found the highly acclaimed ‘Code Like a Girl’ in 2015. Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter and flourish, in the world of coding.

Ally is a values-led entrepreneur and at the heart of her work is a passion to create innovative and accessible learning pathways into technology where every girl, from any background, feels included, inspired and capable. Code Like a Girl's efforts in addressing the gender gap in tech has been commended numerously; receiving a Gold Disruptor award at 2016’s Australian Computer Society Awards, 2016’s B&T Women in Media Award for Technology and taking home an Education merit award at the City of Melbourne's 2017 & 2016 #TechDiversity Awards.


Ayla Toyokawa || Co-founder, Wedsites || @wedsites

Ayla Toyokawa is the founder of WEDSITES, a digital wedding planner on a mission to make the planning process easier, more efficient, and guide couples through the next 12 months of their planning journey. She is also the co-founder of ThemeBoy, a studio specialising in creating website templates and plugins for sporting organisations. ThemeBoy's products are used by over a million athletes and sports fans around the world.


Georgina McEncroe || Founder & CEO, Shebah || @shebahride

George is the Founder & CEO of Shebah, Australia’s first and only active all-female rideshare service. Launched in March 2017 (on International Women’s Day!), the app became the most popular download in the app store within 24 hours. Shebah is now available in Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and Perth.

George has had a long background in disability support work, education. George also worked with the War Crimes Tribunal preparing an Amicus Curiae Brief taking testimony from victims of war crimes residing in Australia after the war in Former Yugoslavia. George and her peers managed to establish rape as a War Crime. The kit she helped to develop is currently being used in the Rwandan Trials.

George took a turn to stand up comedy after her post grad in Writing and Editing. She moved to Brisbane and was a member of The Cage brekky show on Triple M and then worked as a presenter on the ABC, The Circle, Spicks and Specks and other tv and radio programs while she kept her hand in teaching Events Management, Public Speaking, Pitching and Presentations as well as tutoring “tricky” students. George has written for every major newspaper and several Anthologies including Mothermorphosis, Kitchen Table Memoirs, Blind Spots and Listening to the Silences: Women and War.



Rosa Thompson || Consultant & Project Manager, ConsenSys || @r0sadisco

Rosa is a Consultant and Project Manager at ConsenSys, a global blockchain venture studio working on building solutions to power the new economic, social, and political operating systems of the planet. Based in APAC, she is the Co-Director of Women in Blockchain Melbourne and Blockchain for Social Impact Melbourne. For the past several years, Rosa has worked in the startup industry both in Australia and in the United States where she founded a Las Vegas chapter of the global non-profit Girls in Tech and spoke on diversity in the tech industry at SXSW Version 2.0. She is passionate about new economic models, decentralised governance, the future of work and emerging tech. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University of Technology and has also completed professional training in product management, front-end web development and user experience design.


If you’re a female entrepreneur or thinking of owning your own business, this Meet Up is the perfect setting to meet other women in the same boat. This is not a networking group – we’re here to have real conversations and make real connections.

What do we mean by real? Well you know when you walk into a room and feel welcome even when you don’t know anyone? Or when you share experiences with someone and they say “me too!”? How about when you share tough times with someone and they don’t try to give you the advice to fix it but rather - they just get you. This is what happens at League of Extraordinary Women Meet Ups.