Women in the technology industry are intelligent, passionate and knowledgeable. However, as a minority in both the sector and at tech-related events, the uneven ratio can make it difficult or unwelcoming for women.
Gender mustn't get in the way of the fun stuff: the technology, the innovation and the spread of new ideas. So, there's Refactor.
What Refactor is
A movement which encourages, supports and motivates women working in, or passionate about, technology. We:
Highlight amazing women who are working in technology – whether in the business, development/technical or design aspects. They tell their stories as a way of inspiring and building resilience in others
- Provide a technology-focused event that women are excited to attend, at which they won’t be the minority
Create a pipeline of talented women speakers that other events and conferences can draw on to assist with a ratio change at those events
Exist as part of a framework which is working to address the issue at all ages and levels
Who we are
Amanda Wood loves the internet so much she dropped out of law school over a decade ago to work with the web full-time. Since then, she has managed digital projects from both the client and agency side. Amanda is the Head of Digital at the New Zealand Automobile Association. When not online, Amanda likes to mount ambitious personal projects and once drove a New York City subway train over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sacha Judd didn’t drop out of law school, and went on to specialise in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and takeovers. She is now the Managing Director of Hoku Group, a family office combining private investments, early-stage technology ventures and a non-profit foundation. Sacha’s first computer was a Commodore Vic 20, and she’s determined that the next generation of young women will have as much fun with technology as she does.
We've been running Refactor events since 2012, originally under the Girl Geek Dinners banner, We rebranded in 2015 because we felt that the name Refactor better reflected the character of the events.