Sydney: Vogue Codes 2019
The 2019 event series saw the Vogue Codes movement visit Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The Summit took place in Sydney and Melbourne, Live and Kids visited Sydney, and the In Conversation breakfast series went to all four cities. The Vogue Codes platform aims to inspire more females to study and take up careers in technology.
In Sydney, the Summit event was a highlight, graced by talent like fashion designer Karen Walker, PepTalkHer founder Meggie Palmer, Sunfed founder Shama Sukul Lee, Estee Lauder senior vice president of research and development Jane Andfers and Plann founder Christy Laurence, who all delivered incredible keynote speeches for the occasion.
Brighte founder Katherine McConnell and head of growth at Atlassian Mairead O’Donovan participated in a Q&A session outlining what a career in tech really looks like, whereas Away luggage founder Jen Rubio talked through the idea of building a successful digital brand. The stage also saw Shandre Kushor of Crimson Education, Creatable co-founder Greg Attwells, and Barker College STEAM coordinator Virginia Ellis discuss STEM at an educational level, and building confidence in female students.
Artificial Intelligence was another topic up for analysis, thanks to a well-versed panel made up of Soul Machines’s Rachel Rekart, Afiniti’s Caroline O’Brien and Samantha Wong of Blackbird Ventures.
Held at Westpac’s Barangaroo headquarters, the full-day event was equal parts inspiring and enlightening, carving out the why, and the how when it comes to increasing female presence in tech industries.
Held at Carriageworks, Sydney, Vogue Codes Live was jam packed with panels and keynotes, all focused on the tech industry and evening out the gender gap within it – namely, encouraging women to pursue professional endeavours within the space.
The morning kicked off with a keynote from PepTalkHer founder Meggie Palmer, before Samantha Wong of Blackbird Ventures and Alicia Geary of Faebella walked through the process of getting your pitch perfect, in business and in life.
Next up came a panel focused on fashion, made up of Mode Sportif founder Deborah Symond O’Neil, MCMPR founder Marie-Claude Mallat, fashion designer Karen Walker, and Spell Designs co-founder Elizabeth Abegg. Collabosaurus founder Jessica Ruhfus then shared her keynote, before the day was wrapped with Kate Morris, Bree Johnson, and Kate Gildea talking beauty, tech, and the digital revolution.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge proved the ultimate backdrop for the city’s Vogue Codes 2019 In Conversation breakfast, as presented by Audi. Held at the iconic Café Sydney, Google’s Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, Melanie Silva, and seven-time surfing world champion and Audi ambassador Stephanie Gilmore took to the stage to talk through all things performance, productivity, and positivity.
Hosted by Vogue's editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, the panel discussion flowed from females in tech, to equal pay and quotes both women lean on during times of stress. As it turns out, elite athleticism and mammoth global tech companies actually draw some similar conclusions – namely the importance of gender equality, and the importance of growth and resilience.