How GIS saves lives and a female internship opportunity!

Amir Farhand women in tech

Cyclones and women in tech: two whirlwinds that need our attention

You’re probably sick to death of hearing that women are a minority in the technology industry. So are we, which is why Takor Group have teamed up with Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) to create an internship for a female developer. This is part of our efforts to encourage more women to embark on careers in programming, engineering and all things tech, so we’ve teamed up with WiTWA to spread the word, but more on that later.

Two weeks ago Takor helped WiTWA with their annual event Techtrails, which aims to encourage teens to take up careers in technology. When we met again on Thursday it was to educate tech enthusiasts on how geospatial technology is paramount to managing natural disasters and disease breakouts.

The evening was opened by WiTWA’s Chair, Marjolein Towler. Marjolein welcomed guests and introduced us to Stephen Caroll, Director of accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron in Perth. Stephen let us hold the event in the RSM Bird Cameron boardroom, which gave everyone an awesome view of the sun setting over King’s Park and the Swan River. #OfficeEnvy.

kings park

WITWA

Stephen Carroll

After some networking and canapés, it was over to our geospatial advocate Alistair Hart. Alistair’s career in GIS has spanned over 20 years and throughout that time he has used his knowledge of spatial technology to help manage disasters all over the world. From bush fires and cyclones in Australia, to the outbreak of Ebola and Dengue Fever, Alistair has volunteered to control these crisis all over the world. His stories highlighted just how important geospatial technology is for saving lives and managing these unstoppable disasters.

WITWA presentation

“People don’t know the power of geospatial technology and what can be done with it” he explained. “We understand the power of this technology, but society doesn’t.”

Alistair Hart presenting

After his inspiring presentation, it was over to our CEO Amir Farhand to announce the internship. To help with the male dominance in the technology industry, Takor Group are offering a paid summer internship to one female applicant. The successful candidate will assist the developers for eight weeks to practise their skills in coding and gain an insight into working in a unique technology company.


Amir Farhand women in tech

If you are or know a female with a passion for coding or GIS, we’d love to hear from you! Stay tuned for details on how to apply for the internship on this blog, or by following Mappt or Takor on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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