Introducing ed/it women co. event at Microsoft

On Tuesday September 18, ed/it women co. hosted our first event at the Microsoft Store in Sydney.

The  ed/it women co . founders L-R: Kim, Emma and Jess

The ed/it women co. founders L-R: Kim, Emma and Jess

This event gave our members the opportunity to get to know us better, and to see what drives our philosophy at ed/it women co. It also gave them the chance to connect with other like minded people who are committed to empowering women to increase their presence and prominence in educational technology.

Attendees were invited from a variety of schools (across public, independent and Catholic education), universities and corporate, all with an interest in increased diversity in the educational technology field. We also welcomed inspirational men who have been supportive of our initiative to join in our celebrations.

As founders, we shared how we connected to one another and the value we placed on the other. We told stories about how we met and modelled the vulnerability and mindsets we hope others will display when forming supportive networks in our community.

We structured the event so that attendees were able to connect in a relaxed atmosphere, but also challenged them to answer questions and to reflect on the following questions; ‘Who has made an impact on your life?’ and ‘When have you been part of something great?’

Guests also explored what they were curious about, and what they wanted to see improved and developed in the educational technology space. They were encouraged to follow up connections made on the night, by swapping of ed/it exchange cards - a fun activity where people answered the question: ‘Where can you find me?’

The event had a positive vibe, and we received some great feedback from those that were able to make it - we are busily planning our next event, High Tea for Women in IT. This concept is aimed at bringing our members together, to connect and share stories in a unique dining experience. It’s networking, the ed/it women way.

The night couldn’t have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Microsoft, who provided the venue and catering. We would also like to make a special mention to Megan Townes who has been an avid supporter of our cause, and also MITIE for their continued support of our community.

Jessica Lonard