Past Events News

CODE REBEL: Ally Watson

Thursday August 23, 2018

Recently SIGNAL, Code Club Aotearoa, and Christchurch Woman in Tech hosted an event called CODE REBEL with Ally Watson. Ally is the inspiring CEO & Co-founder of Code Like a Girl, which is an Australian based social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding. Ally was in NZ for the 2018 New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin (6th to 15th July), where she also appeared at a Women In Tech event alongside Kylie Robinson, a Dunedin based tech founder and Managing Director of Igtimi,  whose Yachtbot product assisted the recent successful America's Cup campaign. 

Ally Watson’s story is similar to a "rags to riches" feature film. Raised in a small working class village in Scotland to being named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs of 2017. Ally’s original dream was to become an artist, only to be rejected from art school twice in two years. Armed with the determination to get into University, the aspiring artist enrols in a Software Engineering course… turns out she loved it and well the rest is history! Ally is passionate about removing the stereotypes.

Ally is an incredibly engaging speaker and the audience, which was a mixture of all ages, were treated to an inspiring evening of insights and strategies to boost more diverse  participation in the tech sector worldwide. 

SIGNAL’s goal is to boost NZ's tech sector capability in New Zealand, as it is now NZ’s third largest export earner, topping $10 Billion dollars last year. Over 9000 new tech jobs are expected to be created in the next two years. SIGNAL provides tech specific professional training, both for those looking to enter the tech sector, and those who are already a part of this dynamic and diverse sector. 

It is through events such as the NZ International Science Festival and CODE REBEL with international guest speakers that SIGNAL hopes to help grow awareness and inspire more people to join NZ’s growing tech sector.  Keep up to date with Signal's news and events via our facebook page


Photo Gallery

See also...

People Past Events
ImpactNPO Dunedin Hackathon Weekend
Tuesday December 11, 2018
The inaugural Dunedin ImpactNPO Hackathon Weekend brought together volunteers with tech, design, and business skills, to help provide tech solutions for three local charities. SHIFT student Nathan Moffatt took part, and shares his experiences here.
Past Events
Work Future Dunedin Event @ Petridish - Nov 7 - 5.30 - 7pm
Sunday October 28, 2018
A fantastic crowd attended a future-focussed discussion with four of Dunedin's tech community stars last night in Dunedin. Conclusion - the future looks bright!
Educate News
ATTN TEACHERS: Educate 2019 Scholarships open for applications!
Thursday October 18, 2018
SIGNAL has already awarded some Educate Scholarships for 2019, but there are still several available. These scholarships will help teachers and schools access the professional development needed to deliver the Computer Science (Computational Thinking) aspects of the new Digital Technologies curriculum, and boost the capabilities of their fellow teaching team.