STEM Hub Wins Victorian State Government 2019 Tech Diversity Merit Award

STEM Hub has come a long way from the LaunchHub Accelerator Program at RMIT Activator to last night making it through to the finals, and then winning a 2019 Tech Diversity Merit Award!

The Hon. Martin Pakula MP, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Victorian Government last night joined leaders from varying industries and sectors at a ceremony to present the awards to Victoria’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and start-ups who have been recognised for creating positive change for under-represented groups in the digital tech sector.

The #TechDiversity Awards were created in 2015 in Melbourne to inspire tech based organisations to implement long lasting change around diversity, based on the examples set by others. The goal is for #TechDiversity leaders to inspire and educate – to build momentum for the future. 

The #TechDiversity awards raise the profile of those who are building inclusion: to share their stories of courage and commitment, and to amplify their achievements, and to inspire others to act.

At the Awards dinner we were inspired to hear Harriet Green OBE, CEO and Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific, to speak about IBM’s 108-year heritage in diversity and inclusion, one of the key reasons, 5 years ago, that she knocked on IBM’s door. Harriet has launched a reverse mentoring program between her 50 strong AP leadership team and 50 Next Gen IBMers earlier this year. She informed us that in Australia, 39% of LGBTI people say they hide their sexuality or gender identity at work. It is numbers like this that inspired IBM to get behind the Victorian Pride Centre, which she proudly put her signature to on behalf of IBM as the Founding Principle Partner earlier this year.

A big thank you is extended to The Hon. Martin Pakula MP, RMIT Alumni, REA Group, IBM, AIIA, Avanade, and a huge congratulations to the 2019 TechDiversity Champion, Go Girl, Go for IT – VIC ICT 4 Women led by Chris Skipper Conway. Similarly, a special congratulations go to all the other winners:

Lastly, but not least congratulations to all the Tech Diversity Merit Award winners. I was so humbled to be in the presence of so many outstanding startups and organisations, and to be part of such an inspiring cohort.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, The Hon. Martin Pakula said:

“TechDiversity Awards are a great way to recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals that are making such important contributions in this space”.

TechDiversity Foundation Cofounder Deirdre Diamante added:

“This year we had the highest number of nominations ever from entrants who are truly aware of the value of diversity and what it can do for businesses and organisations.” 
“From neurodiversity and indigenous programs to CALD communities and the LGBTIQ+ community, this year’s entrants show just how far-reaching the impacts of diversity reach across Victoria and Australia.” 

Thank you to the Victorian State Government and the Tech Diversity Awards for supporting this important initiative. STEM Hub are proud to have won a Tech Diversity Merit Award in the Marketing Category, and congratulate all the other Merit Award winners and Finalists.

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