TechDiversity
Awards Winners
& Nominees

Welcome to the 2024 Winners & Nominations page for the TechDiversity Awards, where we proudly display the diverse array of DEI initiatives submitted this year.

 

Our judges faced the challenging task of selecting from these impactful entries to determine the finalists and winners. To view the winners and list of nominations in each category, please click on the plus sign (+) to expand the list. Please see below some images from the night.

2024 TechDiversity Awards Winners

DO NOT DELETE
1. Business

Winner

Mantel Group Women & Gender Minority Traineeship Program

by Mantel Group

Merit Recipients

  1. Services Australia’s Aurora Neurodiversity Program
  2. The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Science and Technology Focused Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  3. Embedding inclusiveness in Motorola’s DNA
  4. Deadly Coders
  5. The Atturra Pride Chapter
2. Government

Winner

Women in Security Mentoring Network

By Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Women in Security Network and OK RDY

Merit recipient

  1. THE DYILYA PROJECT
  2. The Inclusivity and Accessibility Toolkit by Accessibility NSW
  3. Interview Ready™ by Getmee AI
3. Education

Winner

Services Australia’s Aurora Neurodiversity Program

By Services Australia

Merit recipients

  1. Stem X outreach
  2. Deadly Coders
  3. Grad Girls program by VIC ICT for Women
  4. World’s First Industry and Academia STEM co-teaching model for the early childcare children aged 3-5 Years: Emotional imagination and relational expertise in STEM education for automation, robotics and manufacturing engineering.

Avanade Australia STEM-Education Program

4. Campaign of the Year

Winner

SAARI Collective’s 101 South Asian Australian Startups Founders List

By Saari Collective

Merit Recipients

  1. Safer Spaces Summer by She’s A Crowd
  2. Moonhack Coding Challenge
  3. She Lives Tech / Project Grace Initiative
5a. Tech for Good

Winner

TalkiPlay – enhancing language access through inclusive, interactive learning opportunities

By TalkiWear Pty Ltd

Merit recipients

  1. Yindjibarndi creation story language app
  2. National Head to Health website: A digital experience connecting people to mental health support
  3. Australian Spatial Analytics – providing professional data services and Geospatial and Digital Engineering careers for young neurodivergent adults.
  4. LOGiT Australia Weavr
  5. jobs – Levelling the playing Field in Disability Employment

TechDiversity Awards 2024 Nominations

DO NOT DELETE
1. Business

Deadly Coders by Deadly Coders and Junior Engineers

Avanade Australia STEM-Education Program

⇒ Apple Foundation Program at RMIT (video reference)

⇒ _nology: diverse tech talent from nontraditional pathways by _nology (reference)

⇒ Rainbow Women, a network connecting professional LGBTIQ+ women across organisations and industries, and empowering them to be their authentic selves by Scyne Advisory, AGL Energy, and ANZ

⇒ Wellbeing Face Pty Ltd (video reference)

⇒ Transform the customer experience and data centralized in hospitality industry with Majesty AI by MAJESTY AI (video reference)

⇒ Women@Symbio by Symbio (reference)

Emerging Tech Hub by Emerging Tech Hub and Women in Emerging Tech

⇒ D&I Employee-led Framework and InclUSive by Microsoft

⇒ Circuit Force for Good by Circuit

⇒ Services Australia’s Aurora Neurodiversity Program by Services Australia (reference)

⇒ The Atturra Pride Chapter by Atturra

⇒ Embedding inclusiveness in Motorola’s DNA (video reference)

⇒ The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for Science and Technology Focused Small and Medium Sized Enterprises by Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) (reference)

⇒ DataGPT: The First Conversational AI Data Analyst by DataGPT (video reference)

⇒ Mantel Group Women & Gender Minority Traineeship Program (audio reference)

⇒ CTRL+ALT+ Speak Toastmaster Club by Microsoft

⇒ Melbourne Branch D&I Pillar by Microsoft

⇒ Project F DEI Accreditation Program by Project F Australia (video reference)

⇒ Mob Tech by Westpac Group (video reference)

⇒ Asian ERG: A Catalyst for Change and Innovation by Microsoft (reference)

⇒ Interview Ready™ by Getmee AI (video reference)

FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia Creating an Inclusive Work Environment for Women

2. Government

⇒ Services Australia’s Aurora Neurodiversity Program (reference)

Emerging Tech Hub by Emerging Tech Hub and Women in Emerging Tech

⇒ THE DYILYA PROJECT by Generation Australia (video reference)

⇒ Interview Ready™ by Getmee AI by Getmee AI (video reference)

⇒ Women in Security Mentoring Network by ASD, AWSN and OK RDY (video reference)

⇒ The Inclusivity and Accessibility Toolkit by Accessibility NSW

3. Education

⇒ Hack Inclusive Cultures – Mindset & Behaviours by Wellbeing Face Pty Ltd, Message Media, Gattacca Plc (video reference)

⇒ Services Australia’s Aurora Neurodiversity Program (reference)

Deadly Coders by Deadly Coders and Junior Engineers

⇒ Grad Girls Program by VIC ICT for Women (video reference)

⇒ World’s First Industry and Academia STEM co-teaching model for the early childcare children aged 3-5 Years: Emotional imagination and relational expertise in STEM education for automation, robotics and manufacturing engineering

by (1) Monash University; (2) Fleers Conceptual Playworld; (3) Project Leaders: this co-teaching model was led by world renowned Oxford fellow, Australian Research Council Laureate Professor and Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor Marilyn Fleer; Principal Investigator School of Educational Psychology and Counseling; (4) Industry Partner: Krillin Robotics. This co-teaching model was co-led by Victorian Honor Roll Inductee 2022- Aishwarya Kansakar, CEO, Co-Founder Krillin Robotics;  (5) Team Members: Dr Yuwen Ma | 马钰雯, PhD student Monique Parkes, PhD student Sonya Nedovic, PhD student Oriana Ramunno, Dr Anne Suryani, Ebony Hall; (6) Poets Grove Child Care Center Educators: Sarah Bogey, Michelle Marchant; (7) Filming and Production: Basil Gerard; (8) Production Interviewer: Dr Rebecca Lewis

Video references: From SBS, Marilyn Fleer YouTube

⇒ KPMG Technology Traineeship Pathway, in collaboration with FDM (video reference)

Avanade Australia STEM-Education Program

⇒ Transports of the Future STEM Program by The Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Amazon Web Services (video reference)

⇒ Tech Career Paths 4 Girls (video reference)

⇒ THE DYILYA PROJECT by Generation Australia (video reference)

⇒ Apple Foundation Program at RMIT (video reference)

⇒ STEM X Outreach by UTS

4. Campaign of the Year

⇒ Moonhack Coding Challenge by Code Club Australia (reference)

⇒ More than words. Representing the real REA Group (video reference)

⇒ SAARI Collective’s 101 South Asian Australian Startups Founders List by SAARI Collective (video reference)

⇒ Verve’s No More Cupcakes IWD Campaign by Verve Super & Verve Money

⇒ She Lives Tech / Project Grace Initiative by FDM Group (reference)

⇒ Safer Spaces Summer by She’s A Crowd (video reference)

5a. Tech for Good - Accessibility and Inclusivity

⇒ Living our commitment to Wellbeing through Acts of Kindness by Motorola Solutions (video reference)

Indigenous Australian Datathon by KJR for the Indigenous Australian Datathon

⇒ SolveSquad (video reference)

⇒ Shining a light on untapped potential by SeenCulture (video reference)

⇒ Australian Spatial Analytics – providing professional data services and Geospatial and Digital Engineering careers for young neurodivergent adults by Australian Spatial Analytics (video reference)

AWS The Dream House

⇒ Yindjibarndi creation story language app by Brains Design, Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal (reference)

⇒ Smilo.AI by Oral Tech Ai (video reference)

⇒ theField.jobs by Kiandra and theField.jobs (reference)

⇒ TalkiPlay – enhancing language access through inclusive, interactive learning opportunities by TalkiWear (video reference)

⇒ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at D2L

⇒ Ensuring Equity and Access to Learning & Development by Peeplcoach (video reference)

5b. Tech for Good - Health & Wellbeing

⇒ The Aquarium Portal / ESG & RAP Platform (First Tech Nation) by Alliance ICT + The Aquarium

⇒ Evitat, transforming renovation choices into climate solutions! by Evitat

⇒ SolveSquad (video reference)

⇒ Australian Spatial Analytics – providing professional data services and Geospatial and Digital Engineering careers for young neurodivergent adults by Australian Spatial Analytics (video reference)

The Mindful CIO Community “Improving the lives of people working in IT by upgrading organisation and leader capabilities.”

⇒ Living our commitment to Wellbeing through Acts of Kindness by Motorola Solutions (video reference)

⇒ Delivering a framework to embed diversity in the aged care system by Department of Health and Aged Care and Liquid Interactive

⇒ National Head to Health website: A digital experience connecting people to mental health support by Department of Health and Aged Care and Liquid Interactive (video reference)

5c. Tech for Good - Social Impact

⇒ The Aquarium Portal / ESG & RAP Platform (First Tech Nation) by Alliance ICT + The Aquarium

⇒ Delivering a framework to embed diversity in the aged care system by Department of Health and Aged Care and Liquid Interactive

The Mindfful CIO Community “Improving the lives of people working in IT by upgrading organisation and leader capabilities.”

⇒ theField.jobs – Levelling the playing Field in Disability Employment by the Field (video reference)

⇒ Ensuring Equity and Access to Learning & Development by Peeplcoach (video reference)

⇒ TalkiPlay – enhancing language access through inclusive, interactive learning opportunities by TalkiWear (video reference)

⇒ Charitable recycling by Victoria Police

⇒ Smilo.AI by Oral Tech Ai (video reference)

Indigenous Australian Datathon by KJR for the Indigenous Australian Datathon

⇒ LOGiT Australia Weavr (video reference)

⇒ Deliver Application to support Impact for Woman organisation by PhoenixDX, OutSystems and Impact for Women (video reference)

⇒ Shining a light on untapped potential by SeenCulture (video reference)

⇒ Women in Security Mentoring Network by Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Women in Security Network and OK RDY (video reference)

⇒ Yindjibarndi creation story language app by Brains Design, Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal (reference)

⇒ Tech Career Paths 4 Girls (video reference)

⇒ Welfare and Assistance Database – St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

AWS The Dream House

⇒ Australian Spatial Analytics – providing professional data services and Geospatial and Digital Engineering careers for young neurodivergent adults by Australian Spatial Analytics (video reference)

⇒ SolveSquad (video reference)

5d. Tech for Good - Environmental Sustainability

⇒ The Aquarium Portal / ESG & RAP Platform (First Tech Nation) by Alliance ICT + The Aquarium

⇒ Evitat, transforming renovation choices into climate solutions! by Evitat

⇒ Charitable recycling by Victoria Police

The TechDiversity Awards invites you to become a catalyst for change and impact.

Ways to get involved:

Attend the Awards

Immerse yourself in the inspiring journeys of trailblazers harnessing DE+I to drive remarkable outcomes. Get your tickets now!

Sponsor the Awards 

Sponsoring the TechDiversity Awards offers a unique opportunity to align your brand with the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, showcasing your commitment to fostering an inclusive tech ecosystem. It’s a powerful platform to engage with industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers, amplifying your organization’s role in driving meaningful DEI progress within the tech community.

Find out more here. 

Elevate Your DE+I Initiative or Nominate Another

Shining a Spotlight on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Tech workforces in any industry.

Nominations closed 18 January 2024

Why Submit a Nomination?

In the ever-evolving landscape of today’s workforces, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives have become not just a necessity but a driving force for innovation, progress, and societal transformation.

It’s time to shine a spotlight on these remarkable initiatives that are not only shaping tech workforces but also weaving a tapestry of inclusivity across sectors like retail, banking, energy, and more. At TechDiversity, we understand that diversity knows no boundaries, and that’s why our nominations are as diverse as the organisations and individuals submitting them.

Whether you want to showcase your own DEI achievements or celebrate the inspiring work of others, this is your opportunity to contribute to the impact of DEI and raising awareness of it’s power to drive business success only propel business success but also enhance the well-being and productivity of individuals and the broader community.

Join us in celebrating and learning from the stories of organisations and people who are championing DEI across industries.

Download a full description of each category and share this opportunity with your team. Click here.

 


Here are some of the organisations that

have submitted in the previous years:

TechDiversity previous nominations

Explore previous awards

So many inspirational stories and speakers. It was a fantastic evening. I still find myself reflecting back on the phenomenal evening filled with so many inspirational people, stories and speakers that are making real change for so many. It has supercharged me too to expand my thinking and be a catalyst for change. – Nerine Erasmus, Delivery Manager at REA Group

TechDiversity Awards Categories

Here is a summary of each category:

Business

This is the category for you if you work:

  • Within a traditional business model
  • For a traditional tech company
  • In a tech department within any industry
  • At a consultancy working with businesses
  • For a scale-up/start-up

What might this look like?

  • Creation of a hub to help solve the problem of employability for International Students, focusing on empowering these students and graduates to participate in the Australian startup ecosystem.
  • A ‘Developer’ program offering a paid scholarship and full-time salary to women changing careers or re-entering the software engineering field.
  • An initiative progressing diversity across the whole organisation.

Education

This is the category for you if you work:

  • For an academic institution
  • Run research projects aligned with education
  • For an organisation running a joint project/initiative with education
  • At a consultancy working with Education / Academia
  • For a scale-up/start-up that works with Education.

What might this look like?

  • A research project that trials female-only tutorials in a first-year programming subject to increase female student engagement in Computer Science.
  • A social innovation showcasing the talents of people with Autism.
  • An outreach program introducing STEM to school-age students.

Government

This is the category for you if you work:

  • For any government agency, federal or state
  • For an organisation running a joint project/initiative with a government agency
  • At a consultancy working with government
  • For a scale-up/start-up that works with Government.

What might this look like?

  • Developing an app that indicates local available services for people without a home.
  • Creating an online accessibility toolkit for digital platforms and content that are accessible and inclusive.
  • A program employing people with ASD into a Government department for at least two years.

Campaign of the Year

This is the category for you if you work for any organisation and have been involved in creating and/or developing a campaign to support a DE+I initiative, product, or solution.

What might this look like?

  • A campaign encouraging the Australian LGBTI community to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
  • A campaign promoting a ‘Return to Work Program’ to help individuals (particularly women) who have taken a career break of two or more years transition back to the workforce.
  • Creation of a quarterly digital publication empowering women of color in STEM in Australia.

Tech for Good

This is the category for you if you work for any organisation that uses technology for good to create a product or solution AND addresses, includes, or benefits DE+I.

Tech for Good Categories:

  • Social Impact – Addressing societal challenges to help society flourish and organisations succeed. Examples: Education, Utilities, Poverty & Homelessness, Healthcare, Unemployment, Gender Inequality, Property Prices, Human Rights.
  • Environmental Sustainability – Interacting with the planet responsibly to conserve natural resources and protect ecosystems. Examples: Climate Change, Recycling, Conservation, Eco-friendly Packaging, Reducing Emissions, Clean Water, Reforestation.
  • Accessibility & Inclusivity – Building a more inclusive and accessible world. Examples: Assistive Technology, Language-based Services, Minimising Inaccessibility, LGBTQ+, Race & Ethnicity, Free/Low-Cost Tech.
  • Health & Wellbeing – Helping individuals and organisations create a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Examples: Fitness & Recreation, Mental Health Services, Physical Health Tech, Harm Minimisation, Sport, Community Engagement.

Let's hear from you

We love hearing from our community and what topics YOU think are important.