Women in technology

Women are under-represented in the fields of engineering, technology, science and mathematics but it doesn’t have to be that way. These fields change the way we live but they urgently need more women and people of colour to help create new developments that serve all of society, not just a small segment. Our female students, staff and alumni are proving they can play key roles in these male dominated fields. The problem needs to be addressed much earlier than when people attend university. That's why we also run programmes for high school and primary school students and so we can inspire more girls to get into these fields and help engineer their futures.  

Events, meetups and groups

AUT STEM Women Facebook group

AUT STEM Women is a Facebook group run by students which aims to encourage and support women studying in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses by helping them develop networking skills and succeed in their field of study. They focus on bringing together driven women from different backgrounds and positions to form a tight community within the university and also get connected with women working in the industry.  

AUT Women in Engineering

AUT runs mix and mingle events for female engineering students during the year. These feature guest speakers who are women working in the engineering industry to inspire AUT students and help to build networks. Attendees even receive a tee-shirt! If you would like to know more, email Shirley Liew at shirley.liew@aut.ac.nz.

Programming Challenge for Girls

PC4G is an annual one day event to introduce junior high school girls to computer programming, no experience necessary. The event originated at AUT in 2008, and since then it has become international, with sites all around New Zealand and the world. 2017 will be the 10th year we have run PC4G at AUT.

She Sharp 

She# aims to encourage women in computer science, computer engineering, IT, and tech-related fields to develop academically and professionally.


Refactor wants to keep improving the New Zealand tech industry by inspiring women to not only stay in it but get to the top — running teams, in board positions, on the speaker line-ups at conferences, and as visible leaders to inspire an incoming generation of smart women. 


An eight-week software adventure for young women aged 15 to 25. 


GirlBoss was founded to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to become the changemakers of the future. They encourage girls to embrace male-dominated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) fields, develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, connect with like-minded youth, and aid and enable their communities.

Women's Collective

Women's Collective runs workshops and speaker events with an aim to foster conversations about global issues that affect our community.

Hardware Meetup AKL

Showcasing New Zealand's coolest products and the founders & engineers creating them, Hardware Meetup holds bimonthly events in which 50% of tickets are available to people who identify as women and non-binary, and 50% to people who identify as men.  

Auckland Game Developers Meetup

Every month AUT's Colab hosts the Auckland Game developers Meetup. The Meetup is a large and diverse group of game developers, programmers, artists, musicians, animators and game enthusiasts that meet to discuss game design and collaborate on computer game projects. 

AUT Women in Tech - video

Check out this video featuring our inspiring staff and students talk about why they are interested in technology and engineering.


Last updated: 06-Mar-2018 3.17pm

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