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2018 Tech Diversity Winners

2018 Tech Diversity Winners

Congratulations to all the #TechDiversity Winners and Nominees who have shown real action in promoting diversity in our industry.

The 2018 #TechDiversity Awards & Gala Dinner was a wonderful evening of sharing and learning with like-minded individuals who care about supporting diversity and making a difference.

FourPL were proud to once again be sponsors of the event and present the judges overview and merit awards at the Merit Awards Ceremony.

#TechDiversity Champion 2018

The 2018 #TechDiversity Champion was the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria) for their Rise at DHHS program, led by Dr Steve Hodgkinson, CIO of DHHS.

Around one in 68 people worldwide is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An estimated 70% of these people are unemployed or under-employed. Many people with ASD end up in our disability and unemployment systems, unable to realise their potential. Rise at DHHS is a successful program to employ a cohort of people with ASD in the department for two years.

The program’s main focus is to create a repeatable and sustainable employment approach. This was achieved by partnering with Specialisterne, the Copenhagen-based global organisation dedicated to creating employment for people with ASD, to recruit a team and to support their successful transition into the workforce. The goal is for the program participants to successfully perform meaningful work and to gain the skills and confidence required to be selected on merit for other roles within the department or other organisations.

Other 2018 winners

Full list of 2018 Merit Award Winners


BTS (Business Technology Services) talent & capability initiatives (Telstra)
Diversity – We’re Growing With It (The Yield)
Outcome.Life – Connecting Internationals in to the local startup ecosystem (Outcome.Life)
Paddl Co. (Paddl Co)
REA Group Women in Technology Program (REA Group Limited)


Grad Girls Program 2018 (Vic ICT for Women)
Queerly Represent Me (Queerly Represent Me)
SSET-CS: Sex-differentiated Student Experiences in early Tertiary Computer Science education (The University of Melbourne)
SuperDaughter Day (WORK180)
Thinking Globally and Acting Locally (Deakin University)


Code for Victoria – Women in Tech (Code for Australia)
Rise at DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services Victoria)
Start-up Photo Library ­– Diversity by Design (City of Melbourne)


Gender parity on industry panels and speaker line-up for FST Government Victoria 2018 (FST Government)
LLULAS Universal Communication (BeInSync)
REA Group Women in Technology Program (REA Group Limited)


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