location_city Sydney schedule Aug 29th 02:10 - 02:30 PM AEST place Martin Place people 11 Interested

If you had grown up on another planet, had stalks for ears and didn’t understand the concepts of male & female, how would you make sense of the gender imbalance in technology?

Seen through the eyes of a Martian anthopologist, this talk explores the curious lack of human females in full-time programming roles. In 2019, despite generations of campaigning, why are so few women writing code?

In a good-natured look at a serious topic, we ask what drives the odd Earthling behaviour. Why do they exclude half their talent from key roles in the modern economy? Is there some basis to the disparity and is there anything the strange bipeds can do to bring their technology sector into balance?


Outline/Structure of the TED talk

  • Women in technology: then & now.
  • Martians drop seed pods. It's so much simpler.
  • Ziggy goes on a field trip.
  • The finance team: functional programming.
  • Database administration: declarative programming.
  • Other cultures: East-Asia and Southern Asia.
  • Actually, most software developers were women until the 60's. What the?
  • So where does that leave us?
  • We've tried that: Twitter, Reddit & Flame-wars.
  • Starting early - girls in technology.
  • But ultimately, it starts at home; it starts here.

Learning Outcome

Challenging old assumptions about who can code.

Target Audience

Developers, IT Managers, Agile Coaches and Change Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

A willingness challenge old assumptions.

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