Oracle exec: We need more Kiwi women in tech
There needs to be research into how to attract and keep women in New Zealand's technology sector, says Eva Sherwood, an Oracle account executive.
The NZTech board member says there needs to be collaboration on how to increase the number of women in the tech workforce and research will help.
"We need better education on the variety of roles within the tech industry that women can go into; it's not just computer science or engineering skills we are short of," she said.
Ms Sherwood, who chaired a meeting in Wellington last week to discuss diversity and inclusion issues, said the perception that people needed to be an engineer or coder to be part of the tech industry needed to be broken down.
Just 3 percent of 15-year-old New Zealand schoolgirls consider a career in tech, while women make up only 23 percent of those employed in tech-related occupations.
With more than 28,000 companies employing about 100,000 people, the tech sector is the fastest growing and the third biggest industry in New Zealand.
NZTech is helping organise "shadow tech days" all over New Zealand from May 31 through to June 22.
The idea is to help companies give schoolgirls a peek at the life they could create if they take on a career in tech.
Events will take place in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.