It's Refactor 2018! We have an extraordinary lineup for the February event, as we welcome meriko borogove from the United States, together with Carolyn Luey and Alexia Hilbertidou. Read on to learn more about them or grab your ticket now!
Wednesday 28 February 2018, 6-8:30pm
Room WG308 at AUT, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland CBD
Tickets $25 – open to all
meriko played a key role in some of the most innovative technologies of the last 25 years. She spent 23 of those years at Apple, most recently as Senior Director of Engineering in the Special Projects Group. She was an early member of the QuickTime team, led the Mac graphics & media transition to Intel, and managed teams for the original iPhone. meriko was responsible for building the iPhone camera, turning it into a must-have capability beloved by everyday people and professional photographers alike. She is passionate about human-centric technologies, products, and diverse teams that work across the intersection of hardware, software, silicon, and design. meriko advises Sense Medical, ScanLAB Projects, and resists the patriarchy at every opportunity.
Carolyn Luey is the General Manager, Enterprise Solutions and New Zealand at MYOB. She leads MYOB’s division focused on providing ERP and Payroll solutions for mid market businesses across Australia and New Zealand one of MYOB’s fastest growing divisions and she also leads MYOB’s NZ operations. She has over 15 years of experience in strategy, marketing, product management, business development and digital media across a range of industries. Prior to joining MYOB, she held executive roles at NZME as Chief Operating Officer responsible for operations across the digital, radio and print and Group Strategy and Operations Director responsible for strategy, technology, product and development of new businesses during the transformation to NZME. In addition, Carolyn spent 8 years at Telecom New Zealand in marketing, strategy and product roles.
When Alexia was 14 she was the only girl in her IT class and when she was 16 she was the only girl in her advanced physics class. Concerned about the lack of women in these future focussed classes Alexia set up GirlBoss New Zealand - an organisation which encourages young women to embrace male-dominated fields such as STEM, leadership and entrepreneurship. In just 2 years, GirlBoss has 8000 members and over 2200 GirlBoss Ambassadors across the country. Engaging young women, and other underrepresented groups into STEM fields is instrumental in improving outcomes and addressing inequalities within New Zealand. The first step is to show young people that they don’t have to look like Alan Turing or Steve Jobs or even Isaac Newton to have a stimulating and well-paid career in STEM. Alexia’s passion for future-focused education is why she was named the most influential woman under the age of 25 at the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards and a 2018 Queen's Young Leader.