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Tech gender gap: state of play Computer science is still grappling with a diversity problem – here’s your low-down on the current situation and how we can fix it


omen represent ha lf of the popu lation, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at your average computer scien ce (CS) classroom. On ly 16% of Australian an d 36% of New Zealand ICT university graduates are women. In the workplace, on ly 28% of IT workers in Australia an d 23% in NZ are female. Then there’s the gender pay gap , currently sitting at aroun d 20%. It’s a lot to tackle . The first step in closing the gender gap is establ ishing that it is a problem. Shock ingly, one recent report showed on ly 21% of NZ businesses believe gender diversity is important to their business, while a sur vey

Top 3 apps for women, by women In an industry where a minority, these femawomen are apps are addressing le-driven needs through the firwomen’s experience of the founst-hand ders.

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Shebah is an Australian fem ale-friendly ridesharing app. CEO and founder Geo rge McEncroe was concerned about the danger s female drivers (and passengers) can face, so she founded Shebah to connect women on the roa d.

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Tec Auckland University of ghegh says that ha Mo hsa Ma lecturer Dr gender imbalance is while awareness of the l like an uphill battle”. increasing, “it can still fee quickly and impacts “Technology changes so s Ma hsa. “It’s relevant multiple industries,” say to everybody’s fut ure.” dicted to be home By 2023, Australia is pre professiona ls, but to more than 750,000 IT ge of work. In fact, it’s there’ ll still be no shorta 3.5 million job openings estimated that by 2021, rity alone. will appear in cybersecu n’t miss out, we need do To ma ke sure women calls “virtual barriers”. to remove what Ma hsa


Menstrual cycle tracking app s have grown in popularity, but Clue is one of the few apps with a female co-founder (Danish entrepreneur Ida Tin ). It empowers women with me nstrual health information that’s empathetic and acc urate.

Spotlight on diversity

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financia l ret urns above industry averages, accord ing to economics and business consultan cy McKinsey & Compan y. “No one can ignore the evidence of the benefits that a balanced , diverse workplace brings, such as increased productivit y and en hanced innovation,” says Ma hsa . But we still have a long way to go. Sad ly, 25.9% of IT workers have experienced bias or discrimination. “Our bu sin ess leaders need to get on board wi th advocating diversity and equality – initiating diversity progra ms and ma king a consci ous effort to change employee mind sets will have a big positi ve impact,” says Ma hsa. – Larissa Fed unik



Spitfire Athlete aims to tap into a market where gym sexism is prevalent: stre ngth training. Designed by two female eng ineers Nidhi Kulkarni and Erin Parker (Erin competes at Olympic-level weightlifti ng so she knows her stuff!), it allows women to design their own workout plans insp ired by female athletes.

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Academic Mahsa Mohaghegh is a mentor and diversity advocate for computer science students and young coders

e her first experience a fascination for tech sinc r Mahsa Mohaghegh has had isioned that it was dad. However, she never env building a computer with her iting future in technology”. the start of a “long and exc sity of Technology, began lecturer at Auckland Univer Her Mahsa, who is now a senior in Computer Engineering. a Masters degree and PhD . ngs Thi her academic career with of t rne the Inte ude AI, machine learning and current research areas incl rs and she loves being ste Ma her e sinc ts den uni stu Mahsa has been teaching ere’s a great degree of “Th . and knowledge to others ls skil art imp and re sha able to mentoring them,” she says. others, or in supervising and ing help ugh thro tion sfac sati since she was a student, is nge over the last 15 years, them What Mahsa hasn’t seen cha target our youth, showing her classes. “We need to k uni Fed the male-to-female ratio in issa she says. – Lar has to everyone’s future,” the relevance technology ering), PhD (Computer Engine Engineering, Zealand New of ity rs Master of Computerof Science ive Un ey Mass iversity Un n , Ira ng eri ine Eng r and Technology Bachelor of Compute ity Tehran Azad Univers hool of Computer, , Senior Lecturer, Sc matical Sciences the Ma d Engineering an rsity of Technology p ar Sh e Sh ive r, Founde Auckland Un


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We need to live in ely in a world where we gewnu ithout choose our passion any discrimination” Bachelor of Applied Mathematics / Engineering (Mechanical) & Studio Art, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Insights Manager, Microsoft, Sydney


onmayuri Ray (Mon) did n’t choose a career pat h in tech. She says she chose a peo ple-focused career, and tech was just the medium. “M athematical storytelling passion,” says Mon, who was my studied the “strange com bination” of applied maths, engineer ing and studio art. Mon has worked as a dat a scientist for the “who’s who” of the tech world – think com panies like eBay, tech ser vices firm Quantium and now Deloit te, where she’s a specia list manager. Ma king tech work for cu stomers and clients throu gh new innovation is what she loves most about her job . “We now have the capability to solve thi ngs that we cou ldn’t bef ore through the lens of Ar tificia l Int elligence,” says Mon. Mon believes the answer to more diverse gender representation in tech is to focus on pa ssion and talent, rat her tha n gender. “We need to live in a world wh ere we genuinely choose our passion without any discrimina tion,” Mon says. “Rather than promoting women in data and men in ballet, we need to do a better job of promoting ALL in data – or ballet!” – Larissa Fed unik

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at – g hard and breaking a swe atie’s no stranger to workin cer re time on and around soc she spends much of her spa tion lica coach. So when her first app fields, both as a player and d mu the off uccessful, she brushed for a job at Google was uns try again. and got back on the field to sity of science degree at the Univer er put It was during a com inee Tra er mm (Su P a 12-week STE Adelaide that Katie scored ught, tho “I . ney Syd in gle rnship at Goo Engineering Program) inte says. I want to stick around,” she this is actually pretty cool, re twa sof k wee 12r the ano She followed that up with t year – but when a soccer nex the hip rns inte ring enginee d she tes fell through, Katie realise scholarship to the United Sta ting ver con in the process involved hadn’t properly prepared for to k bac t wen ie a full-time gig. Kat her Google internship into loads of ours year, and applied for Hon an te Adelaide to comple a for self her e par pre – mainly to sof tware engineering jobs her And gle. Goo at job that dream second attempt at get ting off. d pai k hard wor re gle Photos team as a softwa Katie now works in the Goo




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engineer on the Application Programming Interface (AP I) which, she explains, “with users’ consent, gives third-p arty developers access to Goo gle Photos to do even more coo l things with them” such as digital photo frames. Katie reckons “everyone sho uld get into tech !” – especially more women. “Th ere’s always something exc iting happening,” she says. – Gem ma Chilton

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K LE SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER Loves: Games Career tip: “Understand you r strength, your weakness and what you enjoy in tech (it’s a big area!)”


KATIE WALKER SOFTWARE ENGINEER Loves: Soccer On diversity: “For me, diversity in tech is about giving as many people as possible the opportunity to find joy in something that I find so much joy in.”

PRASADI PILOSOF TECHNICAL PROGRAM MANAGER ch Loves: Cooking and the bea bt dou n’t “Do : Career advice h jobs yourself or your abilities. Tec e.” cod ting wri ut abo are not just

Loves: Time with her son ting Job highlight: “Collabora nt ere diff from ple with peo teams, with different skills.”

ROCHELLE ESTERMAN ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS PARTNER Loves: Arts and crafts Job highlight: “I love being the person people come to when they don’t know where to begin.”


SHENLU WANG SOFTWARE ENGINEER Loves: Changes all the tim e! Job highlight: “The people I work with are intelligent and nice . Well balanced work and life.”

FLORENCIA IRENA SOFTWARE ENGINEER TV series Loves: Bingeing on a good work nt, Career tip: “Be confide lf!” rse you hard, and believe in

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CLAIRE LEONG SOFTWARE ENGINEER Loves: Arts and crafts and fashion Career tip: “It’s never too late to start! I had never considered coding before trying out a course at uni, and I loved it enough to switch deg rees.”

don’t doubt yourself... tech jobs are not just about writing code”

RACHAEL MORGAN SOFTWARE ENGINEER Loves: Anything outdoors On diversity: “You can’t solv e the world’s problems if you don ’t have a good representation of the world in the room.”

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KRYSTAL HIGGINS UX DESIGN LEAD Loves: Scuba diving and painting On diversity: “Diversity makes for more thoughtful and creative design solutions!”

LAUREN MANZO SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER dogs Loves: Cuddle time with her rt. hea r Career tip: “Follow you t wha not do, to Do what you want do.” uld’ you think you ‘sho


AMY LO TECH LEAD MANAGER Loves: Swimming and reading Job highlight: “I mentor a lot of people and it’s always great to see when they grow or take the next step in their career.”

Loves: Travelling On diversity: “Women use technology, why shouldn’t they be creating it too?”

HANNAH SAMPSON SOFTWARE ENGINEER Loves: Video games and art Career tip: “People will be far more willing to help and give advice if you offer to buy them cof fee.”


SARA SCHAARE-WEEKS SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER Loves: Making things Job highlight: “The best part of working as a software engineer is that you can choose your own adventure – there are so many different types of work involved that you can try things out and figure out what you love to do.”

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Game on!

Match your electives

Programmer: IT, science, maths Designer: IT, art, graphic design, media studies, computer science Story planner: English, literature, design, languages

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Pathways to gaming

Some people come to the games industry from an unexpected direction – for example after going to art school or working as a wr iter or IT specia list. But for programmer Sam Crisp, it all began when he was 10 years old and started exp erimenting with online tools. Sam played and created games throughout school , but it was connecting wi th like-minded game ma kers on line that encouraged him to take his skills fur ther. “Finding other people to share my creations with was the driver, and being abl e to be creative,” he says. “Back then it was about all the fantasy and sci-fi stuff that I liked as a kid, but now it’s the problem-sol ving element that is more app ealing.” If you’re interested in the gaming industry, Sam reckons experimenting with your own games an d meeting other people is the best way to start.

Where could you work ?

Here are some of the in Australia and New biggest game-developing companies Zealand

nz PikPok (Wellington)

Games: Flick Kick and Into the Dead 100+ employees

Grinding Gear Games (Auckland) Game: Path of Exile 100+ employees

Ninja Kiwi (Auckland) Game: Bloons TD 20 to 50 employees

aus Big Ant studios (Melbourne)

Games: Big Bash Boom, Cricket19 – The official game of the Ashes 50+ employees


Torus Games (Melbourne)

Games: Beast Quest 20 to 50 employees


Krome Studios (Brisbane)

Game: Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 400+ employees

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Everything I enjoyed at school makes perfect sense now that I’m making games”

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Atlassian is an Aussie software company co-founded by two UNSW grads in 2002. It builds platforms and tools for other businesses, and has more than 3000 employees.

Team players

Meet three Atlassian employees working together to make great things happen



Kristy Hughes loves solutions to difficul finding elegant t problems

rist y, a senior engineer at Atlassian, is par t of a team that helps other teams bui sof tware. She works on one ld of Atlassian’s products call ed Bitbucket, which helps businesses to plan project s, as well as collaborate, tes t and roll out new code. Kristy works with designers , product managers, other developers and the custom themselves to improve Bitb ers ucket. “I enjoy developing features I know our custom going to love and will make ers are their job bet ter,” she says. The team even uses Bitbuck themselves, a practice call et ed ‘dogfooding’ (as in, eat ing your own dog food to ma it tastes good!). “By using ke sure the product I’m developing every day, I get to feel the pain many customers feel same and that helps me solve the ir problems,” explains Kris But not all of Kristy’s work ty. life is about Bitbucket. Atla ssian employees get five day ‘foundation leave’ a year to s of give back to the community . “I’ve previously used min tutor at the National Comput e to er Science Summer School for high school students,” “I’m so glad to be in a job she says. that’s fun, challenging and rewarding… I’m never bor ed! ” Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)/Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science), University of Sydney



Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering), UNSW


Software engineer, Atlassian

Senior software engineer, Atlassian

as tech careers can be Victoria Skalrud saysation and creativity as code much about collabor footsteps as a sof tware

r’s going to follow in her mothe ictoria says she was always m’s work playing computer mu her at she would hang out solving, engineer. From an early age in tech meant fun, problem osphere. “To me, a career to study her ired insp games, soaking up the atm s she says. Thi learning something new,” n. ssia Atla being challenged and always at k her to wor ore a series of tech roles led ch as sof tware engineering, bef sn’t get to code quite as mu doe a tori Vic d, Lea m Tea nt me elop Dev ior ers Sen Today, as er her team memb to ger responsibility – to empow big a has she , ead Inst . did she once work to be extremely their full potential. “I find my ock unl and ls goa uals, ir the achieve ching and growing individ she says. “I really enjoy coa e,” ativ cre and re. ve twa rati sof abo coll g we produce quality with my team and ensurin “There’s sparring technical options ible space,” Victoria adds. ess acc aborative and learning ous tinu “Tech is such a creative, coll con , think differently hy, challenging yourself to a high value put on empat iterate and improve.” and using those lessons to


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Harnessing hidden talent

Darren Hedley, an autism researcher at La Trobe University,

m can make a big impact People on the autism spectru lopment to cybersecurity in tech, from software deve ng their computer hile most kids grew up usi busy fixing them with to play games, Tim was vage old computers sal his fat her. “We used to I in,” he says. “Since then, and get them working aga d an are fig uring out how softw have been interested in hardware works.” 0 Australians who have Tim is among the 164 ,00 al er, a lifelong development autism spectr um disord iour, av beh e tiv eti rised by rep condition that is characte nno d an ech spe , on municati challenges in social com . age gu lan y bod g din rea such as verbal communication, y comes a unique wa But with these challenges d for a midable skill set, an of seeing the world and ped tap un to recognise this companies are beginning hnology. Tec C DX giants IBM and potential, including tech level r ate gre a d to detail an “I have a sharp attention a are ich wh ks, repetitive tas of patience when doing at rks wo o wh , Tim s say testing,” natural fit for software ys plo ser vice company that em Xceptional, a technology lls. on their technica l ski people with autism based


and logic-based games to recruit candidates instea d of interviews. “They can be ver y consci entious and thorough wo rkers, and they don’t like litt le errors,” says Darren. “If they’re unemployed or stuck in a job where they aren’t usi ng these skills, that’s a big waste.”

Employment and educati on

initiatives In 201 4, Hedley and his colleagues teamed up wi th DXC Technology to establish the DXC Dandelion Pro gram, which matches people on the autism spectr um wi th tech jobs, from cybersecurity to software development . Since its launch, 105 people wi th autism have been em ployed in the Federa l Government Departments of Defence, Human Ser vices, Home Affairs, and Socia l Ser vices as we ll as ANZ and Nationa l Austr alia Bank. The initiative also offers a paid work experience program for ter tiary stu dents, which includes a threeweek robotics software development course for primary schools that work with autistic children. When it comes to startin g a career in computer sci ence, Tim says it’s important for autistic students to exp lore how they can grow and best use their skills. “It’s helpfu l to understand your own strengths and weaknesse s, and consider ways you can develop the skills you ma y have difficult y with,” he says. – Gemma Conroy


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To share his knowledge, Gra nt developed a ‘caring for country’ workshop for IDX to teach kids and communiti es the basic skills of operating a drone and using it safely to manage land and map site s. He also honed his skills by enrolling for a remote pilo t’s licence. Grant is a Kamilaroi man and heads up an all-Indigenous team, which is a big plus when working with kids in Indigenous com munities. Other important factors are including local culture in the workshops, as well as training community members as facilitators and providing resources and sup por t to keep it going. Grant says the IDX worksh ops have worked really wel l for kids who have “slipped bet ween the gaps” of mainstream education. “W e can have that one-on-on e time in smaller groups wit h kids, where normal classrooms have over 25 kids at times,” he says. Grant’s tech skills are mo stly self-taught but workin g in the industry has made him want to learn more. He has started studying online for a Cer tificate IV in Digital Me dia Technologies and hopes to fit in more study around wor k and family in the future. – Nadine Cranenburgh

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Technology is changing the way we learn and teach – and opening up computer science career opportunities in education bedded in nearly s technology becomes em ter science (CS) skills everyt hing we do, compu and everywhere. One and knowledge are in dem cer tain proving their appeal to way CS graduates are im their to another specia lisation industries is by adding plethora a lls, ing education ski degree – and for those add . of job opportunities await aland ost 50,000 jobs in New Ze alm es Education provid ed ect exp are ple d 600,000 peo and by 2022, an estimate a. ali str Au in ls na sio ion profes to be employed as educat eady ver y different from Today’s classroom is alr ng n ago, with teachers usi its equiva lent a generatio ing yp collaborative tools, Sk electronic whiteboards, her rat F tributing texts via PD remote students and dis reduce t no do gy rs and technolo than on paper. “Compute posite op ct exa the cher. In fact, the importance of the tea . ller Mi tt Ma ching expert is true,” says US tech tea

(VR) displays used in cla ssrooms and in the field. Meanwhile students an d researchers at Macqu arie University’s Body Perce ption Lab are able to tra ck brain signa ls while using VR displays. Technology seems to wo rk best when it is applied to a task. Predictions of holographic teachers, for example, fell somewhat short when the rea l-life practice showed that the technolo gy affected teacher-stud ent interactions and learning . Now, it’s the simple tech transforming classroom s, with things like smartph one quizzes using the Ka hoot app, interactive visua l too ls like Popplet for design and mind mapping – and eve n a collaborative videoma king tool such as Flipgrid – all great ways to focus studen t attention on a centra l col laborative task. While CS and digita l tec hnology continue to chan ge how we learn, the one thi ng we can be sure of is tha t classrooms of the fut ure will be quite different to those of today. – Fran Molloy

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“When I left school I wo rked as a ban k teller wh ile I decided what to study, ” says Kirita. “As one of the younger people in the off ice, my co-workers often asked me to help them with the ir computers and I enjoy ed it. Then one day, I met a cu stomer who was a compu ter scientist. She told me abo ut her job and studying so I looked into it and decide d to give it a go.”

al fear of blood and aemophobia is an irration ’s plans to be a doctor it put Kirita-Rose Escott an assistant lecturer right off. Today, Kirita is ia y of Engineering at Victor in the Wellington Facult s. ret reg no s n and ha University of Wellingto says. “I’m for tunate to be she ” do, I at wh “I love gh ge and help others throu able to share my knowled ng ring my own learni teaching while also fur the puting.” com ud through a PhD in clo lor of Engineering che Ba a do Kirita decided to Engineering at Victoria with Honours in Software with n after a chance meeting University of Wellingto a computer scientist.


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to low-income, Indigenous and refugee students,” says Sarah. “This program helped shape who I am, and getting to give back and help other students along that journey is incredible.” Not only that, Macquarie has serious game face when it comes to Sarah’s favourite robotics comp. “They gave me the same preferential treatment for robotics that they give to sports stars going to the Olympics! Macquarie has always seen me as more than just a number. They’ve given me the flexibility and freedom to pursue what I’m passionate about and encouraged me along the way.” Sarah returned to Macquarie in 2018 as a Masters of Research student and she is about to jet off into her next career move – but if you think she’s leaving robotics behind, think again. “I’m about to move to California to start working at Google, but I’ve already found a FIRST Robotics competition team to mentor there! At this point, I can’t imagine my life without FIRST.” – Eliza Brockwell

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In medicine…

Consistent tech advancem ents in the pharmaceuti cal and medical fields have sav ed lives and the industry just keeps evolving. Biomedical en gineers work tirelessly to develop things like minimally inv asive robotic surgeries, 3D -printed prosthetics and VR-assis ted diagnoses.

Employer goals: Spokle! The expert-led, speech therapy app empowers parents to assist kids with communication ch allenges through a series of targeted – an d accessible – daily activities. “It’s designed to be a supplementary resource for speech therap ists to be used in bet ween appointments,” explains managing director Elisabeth Yuna rko, who is passionate about developing tech to create accessible healthcare. “Our goal is to provide resources to as many families as po ssible!”

Biomedical enginee r: A$ 56K-A $96K / NZ $46K-NZ$109K Software enginee r A$ 50K-A $102K / NZ (VR /AR): $46K-NZ$ 96K Mobile app develop er: A$49K-A $114K / NZ $41K-119K* * Source: salaries ac cording to

In sleep…

sleep are The tech innovations in th one in three wi ; ozy sno t bu anything , the market adu lts not getting enough l new is notoriously quick to tria art beds, Sm s. products and solution artphone sm s, ice sleep-measuring dev bles are ara we ng uri apps and data-capt ep aids sle l ita dig ny ma just some of the ustry up to expected to sca le the ind $79.8 billion by 2020. x! Developed Employer goals: Somno therlands, Ne ty, by Delft Universi resembles ot rob ep the Somnox sle less fluff le litt a th wi t a pillow, bu e device and a lot more brains. Th ile is designed to be held wh d an sic mu g yin pla , ng sleepi d sen to moving as if ‘breat hing’ (and tic no yp i-h users into a sem el Ste e ssi Ca – te. meditative) sta

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iomedica l engineer Been a Ahmed uses her tech skills to ser vice the medical industry...

Job title: “I’m a biomedic al engineer and senior lecturer at the UNSW School of Electrica l Engineering and Telecommunications. Wh en I was younger, though, my dre am was to work for NA SA .” Study background: “I spe nt my last years of high school and unive rsity studying in Pa kistan. Out of 300 people in my engineering classes, on ly 10 were girls!” Strengths: “I’m active in bot h research and teaching. My expert ise is in signa l processing – extracting patterns from electrica l signa ls.” Current gig: “I work a lot with speech – studying electrica l signa ls to diagnose disorders and to predict the risk of a patient developing dementia. Plu s, I also create algorithms to help identi fy sleep problems.”

beena ahmed biomedic and senior lecturer al engineer school of electricalat the UNSW and telecommunicatio engineering ns

ere Office set-up: “Every wh of lot a ve ha I and anywhere! home or even a café.” m fro rk wo can flexibilit y so g I’ve always loved puttin Interests: “As an engineer ich wh – d en the solution at things together to get a like baking too!” I son rea is probably the but I’ve never worn a lab Fun fact: “I’m a scientist, coat!” – Cassie Steel

An app a day keeps t he doctor away 6 health applications killing it on mobile

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Connects with wearable activity trackers to download fitness data, record analytics and set goals

A series of easy-to-digest guided meditations, designed to ease anxiety

PillBoxie A medical reminder app that alerts patients when they need to take a pill

mySugr Allows those with diabetes to log their food intake and blood glucose levels


Symple A tracking app that allows patients to record and rate their symptoms on an intensity scale before sharing with a doctor


Simple Contacts A digital eye exam designed to demonstrate whether a user’s current contact lenses are still effective


For a career in computer science and health, get your study on in these subjects:

Advanced maths • physics biology • chemistry computer science • robotics

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the ineer Jackson Cleary knew s a student, sof tware eng able valu was . The experience stress of living on a budget ia tral Aus of k monwealth Ban for his current role at the Com ls to help others improve too lds bui (CBA), where he now so lived pay-to-pay for years, their financial situations. “I l ncia fina ing fac h wit t comes I understand the stress tha se tho and s ual ivid ind on have stress and the impact it can nce scie er put com died stu o wh n, around them,” says Jackso land, Armidale. at the University of New Eng building these tools, which be to “It’s ver y rewarding I use myself,” he says.

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ting cod Jackson’s role involves wri ank nd Tracker on CBA’s CommB Spe and w Vie as Cash Flow and me inco ir the k trac tomers to app. These tools allow cus e a number of categories. “Th oss acr nth mo h eac spending s. of customers,” Jackson say work I do impacts millions because it’s all about role Jackson also loves his ghs. d to solve puzzles,” he lau problem-solving. “I get pai tand ers und to m gets together “Early in projects, our tea nt ere diff the to solve and what problems we’re trying m.” the ing solv approaches to out is vital to get ting the best A happy and healthy team as role his ugh thro this ure s ens of people, and Jackson help rs, is means identifying blocke team ‘scrum master’. “Th uring ecessary meetings and ens protecting people from unn he explains. any other needs are met,” (and on the jobs they’re good at us foc m “It helps the tea the and tly cien effi ction more enjoy), making the team fun ir roles.” the in pier hap ers team memb r also paramount to look afte it’s t tha s sise pha em n Jackso r you ng. “You need to prioritise your own health and wellbei tty tware engineering is a pre physical health because sof rcise, exe for e u need to make tim sedentary job,” he says. “Yo and you’ll feel bet ter for it.” to be ding sof tware engineers not Jackson also advises bud and ges gua lan ing s programm overwhelmed by the variou ies used to write code for log hno tec (the frameworks m well technologies and learn the programs ). “Pick one or two Dean else up,” he says. – Jake before you pick something


It’s very rewarding to be building these tools, which i use myself”




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australia has a unique view into the galaxy”

d create 20,000 industry to $12 million an alia has a unique new jobs by 2030. “Austr d a lot of great new view into the galaxy an ovative technology,” companies creating inn Deputy Head of says Anthony Murfett, ency. “What we Ag the Australian Space ether and tog t tha want to do is pu ll .” rld wo showcase it to the se jobs will A huge proportion of tho computer be filled by people with developers science skills – software and control and engineers to create eers to gin spacecraft, robotics en and data s tem design automated sys ms of rea the se scientists to analy ce. spa in ted lec information col

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co-founder of space eco system builder Delta-V NewSpac e Alliance, says that small er, cheaper technology is ma king it possible for more people to get involv ed. “It used to be on ly govern ments who cou ld afford to go to space, and they cou ldn’t afford to fai l,” Tim says. “Now you can get a CubeS at [miniature satellite] into space for les s than $500,000 instead of $500 million, so you can operate more like a dotcom where you’re trying stuff, doing new things and it’s failing but you’re learning and trying aga in.” – Ch loe Wa lker

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Ben Tran is a front-end developer at satellite tech startup, Myriota

oftware developer Ben Tra n always had a thing for spa ce, but it wasn’t until a few years into his working life that he rea lised it could be his career. “When I was little, I liked looking into the sky and wondering what was out there,” he says. After studying software eng ineering at the University of Adelaide, Ben’s first job was as a gra duate developer at health info rmatics company Alcidion. During his rotations through testing, dev elopment, quality assurance and project management, he discovered he enjoyed being part of the ser vice delivery team. “They dep loy services to the client and ma ke sure everything works,” he says. Now, Ben is a front-end dev eloper at Myriota, a space technology startup that lets users receive maintenance updates from things like remote water pumps and wind turbines using sensor s that communicate with satellite technology. Ben works on a number of projects including the dashbo ard where users can check on their equipment and receive notifications of problems that need fixin g. “I like that we’re solving real-world problems,” Ben says. “I like to see the users satisfied with the products I’ve made.” – Chl oe Walker


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s n a i l a r t s u A s u Indigeno look to the stars The first Earth-ground station built on Aboriginal-owned land is expected to bring e-space jobs and economic opportunities to remote Australia

Geoscience Australia’s ant enna currently on the CfAT pre mises in Alice Springs with des ign painted by local Arrernte artist Roseanne Kemarre Ellis



new Earth-ground station will be owned and run by Indigenous Australians on Aboriginal land in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT), an Aboriginal-owned not-for-profit technology company that works with Indigenous communities to provide needed infrastructure, has partnered with global satellite company Viasat to build and operate this awesome new facility. The station will track and communicate with low-orbiting satellites observing the Earth and provide data to shipping, environmental, oil and gas, and government sectors. Aboriginal Australians were the original pros in astronomy and now this project will provide amazing opportunities to local businesses, as well as long-term employment to local Indigenous people.


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Tech visionaries uters ientists helping comp Meet two computer sctions out of this world see – with applica winning computer r Tat-Jun Chin is an awardconsider himself the scientist, but says he doesn’t ost everything you do in greatest programmer. “Alm of computing,” he says. STEM will involve some form ks well, you need to develop “If you want to do these tas .” intuition about computers a deeper understanding and at ) (CS e enc Sci er put Com An Associate Professor in Tat-Jun studied electrical the University of Adelaide, ore doing his PhD in engineering in Malaysia bef algorithms that enable ing elop dev Computer Vision – ). t information from images computers to ‘see’ (ex trac ial fac on cifically His PhD research was spe m are helping develop tea his and he Now n. recognitio can do sat ‘intelligent ellites’ that ce debris spa ect det like gs thin and unknown spacecraft.




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Hammond Pearce was one of four New Zealanders to take part in the first ever NZ Space Scholarship

Hammond Pearce on the ground at NASA with his SUPERball V2 rob ot (below)


ammond Pearce is trying to describe what the SUPERball V2 robot looks like – and it’s not an easy task. For the past eight weeks, Hammond has been living and working at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, where he has been investigating how the SUPERball robot moves around in hostile environments. “Up to this point, all my code has been done in a simulation environment,” Hammond says. Now he’s getting out of the lab and can test it IRL. “I’ll be working on the Roverscape, which is a section of the base that’s been modelled to look like Mars. They’ve got a couple of robots they drive around there and the tensegrity is one of them.”

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It’s all part of an amazing program called the NASA International Internship, or NASA I² for short. Hammond is one of four New Zealanders who were selected earlier this year to receive the first ever NZ Space Scholarship. Managed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the scholarship is designed to provide high achievers in STEM with the chance to learn about the industry, and to show the world what New Zealand can do. Hammond always knew he was interested in robotics, but it wasn’t until the first year of his engineering degree at the University of Auckland that he realised the coding part was his fave. He had to put his PhD on hold to join the NASA I² program, but getting to explore the NASA research centre, play with technology and network with other interns from around the world has been a dream come true. As Hammond says, “Who doesn’t want to work at NASA?” – Chloe Walker


who doesn’t want to work at nasa?”

Playing with space robots


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king a big discovery but ver y scientist dreams of ma . l Seo has found two in one hae CSIRO researcher Dr Mic to nd a much cheaper way First, he and his team fou l often used in electronics, eta i-m make graphene, a sem ike n they discovered that, unl using waste cooking oil. The so er wat to e abl irs was perme other types of graphene, the ter, fas nts ina tam con t removes could be used as a filter tha . ged clog get and doesn’t n ions of people access to clea This discovery could give mill n bee e ic research, it wouldn’t hav water and, like most scientif science. Michael spends as er possible without comput een as he does in the lab. much time in front of a scr m a lot in my work. We use the “I use digital technologies as l wel as , ation system to monitor the water purific like data,” he says. Scientists the ng lysi ana and interpreting ring nito mo ly ote rem like things Michael need tech skills for help “Digital technologies can d. fiel the in ing pen hap what’s .” tly, wherever they are scientists work more efficien ree in commerce and deg ble Michael studied a dou . Now g nanomaterials in his PhD science before researchin rcially me com ke rce skills to ma he hopes to use his comme ple is peo help to e rs. “Being abl viable graphene water filte Walker oe Chl – s. say he scientist,” what I love about being a


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al studies puter science (CS) for leg hin king of ditching com Think it”? d “probably won’t nee or commerce because you before ce sin d un job has been aro again. Even if your dream of list r you on should be high the digital age, tech skills ping elo dev are s ida panies such as Ad ng must-haves. Clothing com sti boo are ich wh , user experiences richer customer-centric data analy tics lism is increasingly using rna brand loyalt y, and jou s. Industries such icles from large data set to identify potentia l art tech- and nting become increasingly as law, finance and accou ht skills to re graduates with the rig data-driven, they need mo ons. enable their transformati


Jobs on the rise


Banking is another indust ry experiencing rapid digita l transformation. A World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report in 2016 predicted the financia l ser vices and inv estment sector was due to undergo a significant shift, “with major job growt h for computer an d mathematical roles suc h as data analysts, inform ation security analysts and database and network professiona ls”. Those sur veyed for the report anticipated the computer and mathema tical field would have a huge surge – not just in the information and

Tech + finance The rise of digital currencies is just one reason Christopher Head reckons tech skills will be pivotal to his future career in finance d year of a dual hristopher Head is in his thir degree at the business and mathematics logy – and he hno Queensland University of Tec sically learning (ba ths reckons computational ma owerful er-p sup as how to use computers ly pivotal in his ing eas incr ing calculators ) is becom nce. favoured profession of fina [digital currency] , m boo pto cry “Since the much more like a main finance has started to look thematics with a side course of computational ma n the other way order of finance, rather tha r. around,” says Christophe



“I knew I wanted to go into finance before I chose my uni course,” he says. “I chose to do computational mathematics as well because I thought it would give me an advantage in the finance industry.” Christopher’s advice: “Computer science and computational mathematics are growth areas so I’d advise anyone to really examine this landscape to see what’s changing. Make your studies as broad as possible so you get a more varied skill set and better job prospects.” – Matthew Brace


make your studies as broad as possible so you get better job prospects”

Code of law The digital age is transforming the way lawyers work, so Angus Vos is skilling up in both areas his fifth year of a double ngus Vos – about to start , majoring in computer degree in law and science larly interested in how the science at ANU – is par ticu s. public accesses legal ser vice nce to improve how scie er put com “You can use people access the law,” he law yers work but also how meant to be a ser vice to the says. “The legal system is st you have a system that mo population. It’s not great if people find inaccessible.” h something completely Angus’s studies started wit nce ly I was going to do a scie different, however. “Initial do ld cou I d s. “But I realise degree, in biology,” he say n on having diversit y in my kee te qui was law with it and er opportunities with comput studies. I also realised the k wor can You y. log bio with science were greater than


You can use computer science to improve how lawyers work but also how people access the law” on regulation and writing contracts, as well as on improving how the law works.” Angus is currently underg oing an ICT cadetship at the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency, which helps other government departments improve their digital ser vice s. “I’m in a tech team but also work with the policy tea m and do some legal work, with a focus on privacy,” he says. – Matthew Brace

As industries such as law, finance and accounting become increasingly digital and techand data-driven, they need more graduates with the right skills to enable their transformations” gy (ICT) industry but communication technolo ustries. across a wide range of ind Australia (CBA) is of nk Ba Commonwealt h than $5 billion over the planning to invest more it direct ly into the ban k’s next five years, much of h on the security and technology systems – bot tch mu ltinational ING is ser vice front. While Du es hitect ure, which involv creating global digita l arc d an ) (AI ificial intelligence using data analy tics, art s’ bot ‘ro uses about 1200 robots – ING currently th names like Inga, Bill wi ots – including chatb 7. to customer queries 24/ and Marie that respond

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lving rapidly. Many larger The legal profession is evo w developing their own firms in Australia are no well as document practice management as house. inmanagement software systems means there use ho in“The adoption of for people with excellent is an increased demand s and manage them,” say STEM skills to develop n. lse ire Nie Sydney-based solicitor Cla becoming automated, o als is ry ust ind al The leg rch ng AI. For example, sea with a push towards usi on ns alyse legal decisio engines will be able to an over a period of time, to es particular types of cas

find the current status of the law on cer tain issues , says Claire. Machines can analyse the vast number of decisions much faster than humans – but they need to be programmed and taught how. “Everyone is talking abo ut how we can change the profession to move it for ward. Everyone is looking at how to delive r those ser vices to clients more cost-effectively an d efficiently,” Claire say s. – Matthew Brace




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Coding and finance go hand in hand at the Commonwealth Bank


hen Henry Zhao was still a couple of years away from finishing high school, he was already solving problems with his DIY pro gramming skills. “I wanted to make a simple music player app with hug e but tons that my grandpare nts could use,” he recalls. “I did some online tutorials and hacked it together.” By year 12, Henry knew he wanted a career in sof twa re development, which led him to enrol in a computer science degree at UNSW. He also picked up comme rce to complement his tech skil ls and explore his interest in finance. “I wanted to be at the intersection of finance and sof tware development,” say s Henry. Following a stint as an inte rn software developer at stoc k exchange firm Nasdaq, Hen ry applied for the Commonwe alth Bank graduate program dur ing his final year of studies . The 18-month program consist s of two rotations, which Hen ry spent in Global Markets IT and CommSec, CommBank ’s online stockbroking and inve sting platforms. When Henry joined the gra duate program in the Global Markets IT division, he had the opportunity to work on a new web app from start to finish. “It was pretty awe some building the app from scratc h,” says Henry. Now in CommSec, Henry is busy refreshing the divi sion’s apps and transferring them onto a cloud-based platfor m. He is also looking forward to developing some new app s of his own that will keep Com mSec running smoothly. “It’ s such a massive system,” say s Henry. “Improving someth ing that affects millions of Aus tralians is so rewarding.” While CommSec’s huge num ber of apps keep Henry’s coding skills sharp, he also has the freedom to delve into his own interests every six wee ks on Innovation Day. From solving problems at the ban k or a personal side project , employees have the freedom on these days to learn wit hout the pressure to deliver a fina l product. Henry says one of the bes t things about sof tware development is that you don ’t need to wait until univers ity to start. There are heaps of free online resources that you can try out for yourself. “You just need access to a computer and a problem you want to solv e,” he says. – Gemma Con roy

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Tips on how to get into coding careers at any level




Get some basic skills. Start with, the simple, free block coding program to get the basics. You can also choose to learn other programming languages like JavaScript or Python – there are plenty of ways to get some experience trying out coding. Remember no-one is an expert, you can always pick up the tech skills later. Try the coding app for beginners, Grasshopper: or the hundreds of Hour of Code activities:

Choosing electives. Finding your passion is critical to a happy work life, so study what you love – you can combine it with computer science(CS)/tech fields later. Not all of us love maths, but it’s a great brain trainer and leaves you with plenty of options in deciding on your future career. Keep at it and remember you don’t need to be a genius, persistence is more important. CS is also about teamwork and creativity. Learning languages and being a good communicator is important, so English and humanities subjects are also relevant if you’re looking to choose your Year 11/12/13 subjects.

Further study. How much you study is up to you. You may choose to go to uni or polytech/TAFE and if you do, look at a bunch of options. There will be computing courses in Business and Science degrees, and Engineering, as well as IT, CS and Software Engineering bachelor degrees. You can also combine degrees to keep your options open – whether that’s arts, music, media, marketing or any other combination. You can also move to a CS field after studying something totally unrelated. It’s a good idea to keep your options open by including a programming or data course.

Team up. Because learning with others is more fun! Join a code club or start your own. Try these or search your area:

Alternative options. There are plenty of pathways into CS. You can get skills by learning short courses online and at polytech/TAFEs. Many universities also offer flexible alternatives into study after a gap year – so if you’d prefer to get some life/work experience first, go for it.

Boot up. Boot camps are short training bursts – from three-to-six months that get you qualified and into the workplace. They may give you the opportunity to do an internship at the end of this time, which can help you meet potential employers and get valuable on-the-job experience. These won’t suit everyone, as you need to be able to keep up with an intense workload and be very self-motivated, but could be an option if you like a challenge.

Do a hackathon. Hackathons are a great way to get a taste of what CS involves! There’s teamwork, problem solving and genuine businesses and charities that you can help out – whether it’s designing a game-style app or setting up their website to work with external data. You’ll meet people with a bunch of skills, so just remember you have plenty to offer – no-one is just like you and everyone is welcome at a hackathon! Search for something near you and check out this guide to setting one up yourself

Getting work. If you’ve done some further study above Years 12/13, check out graduate internships – a diverse range of companies offer programs where you revolve around their workplace learning new sets of skills and getting paid. Try it yourself. You can get in-depth learning activities from the CS Field Guide, Grok Learning or Code Avengers.


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