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Inside the DIF #5 - Spotlight on Diversity & Inclusion

12 May 2019


Digital inclusion is one of the three themes of the annual Digital Innovation Festival. The latest DIFvicBlog articles feature how the not-for-profit sector is embracing technology and explores how inclusive innovation leads to diverse outcomes. DIFvic actively encourages underrepresented voices and diverse stories from across the Victorian tech ecosystem to be part of the festival. If you want your event to be in DIF2019 please sign up and post directly to the DIFvic Online Events Hub. Read the DIF2019 Event Partner Guide for more info.


Event News

May in Melbourne is gearing up to be month focused on diversity and inclusion kicking off with the Connecting Up NFP Tech Conference (8-10 May), Geelong Youth Innovation Summit 2019 and the girledworld WOW STEM Expo Summit (Sat 11 May), #TechDiversity Awards launch (15 May), Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference (15-16 May) TechInclusion Conference (22 May), Startup Victoria Pitch Night: Diversity and Inclusion (28 May) and of course Melbourne Knowledge Week MKW (20-26 May). DIF2019 events are in development and the early program will be released in June. 
Catalyst Conference 2019

The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference is a can’t miss opportunity to get amped about your career and meet the community of people who can help get you where you want to go. No matter who you are. Get a 30% discount by entering promotional code DIF2019.

Binary Shift 2019
Binary Shift Gippsland is back for its 3rd year in DIF2019.  As one of Australia’s top conferences focused specifically on regional innovation, technology and startups, it’s run by the regions, for the regions. Early bird tickets are on sale until 31 May.


People Who Make the DIF



Dr Amanda Caples Victoria’s Lead Scientist

As Victoria's Lead Scientist, Dr Caples connects people to grow an effective and flexible innovation system. As a DIFvic Champion, she is an advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and worked with the Department of Education to release a map Connecting Victoria’s STEM Ecosystem.  She is also a mentor in the STA Superstars of STEM program. You can find out more at the Victorian Connection… or follow her on Twitter @Vic_LeadSci.

Dr Caples delivered the 2016 Pearcey Oration as part of the first Digital Innovation Festival. Annually an eminent Australian reflects on critical issues around the introduction of advanced technologies into our society. Follow @pearcey_org to find our who will be the 2019 Pearcey Orator.
Connecting Up is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Australian Not-for-Profit Technology Awards at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 9 May to a packed crowd of digital social innovators.


“Technology Volunteer of the Year”
Priyanka Ashraf from She Loves Data
“Best Accidental IT Person” 
Kate Fazio from Justice Connect
“Best Digital Storytelling by an Indigenous Australian”
Brett Leavy from Virtual Songlines
 “Best Social Media Campaign of the Year”
This Life Cambodia
“Not-for-Profit Technology Innovator of the Year” 
Feros Care and Orange Sky (draw)

See the full list of finalists...



Keep up to date


The DIFvic Online Events Hub digital inclusion events across the state from tech help and coding for kids in libraries, Meetup groups for female entrepreneurs and more are added weekly. You can sign up and create your account, for event alerts to receive a #DIFlist of digital inclusion events to your inbox. 





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