Morning Startup Perth – 27 July 2016

Diversity as a competitive advantage, with Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie

Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie will show you the real-world impact of diversity on your startup’s success.

Numerous studies have shown that diverse teams are not only more effective, but also more innovative. So, improving organisational diversity is not just about doing the right thing – it can have a clear return on investment.

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Women are now key consumers in areas seen as male only — for example 50% of gamers are now women yet only 10% of those creating those games are actually women — diverse companies will have a huge advantage in creating products that have appeal beyond the traditional demographic.

Kate will outline the why and how of supporting diversity, including a number of actionable steps you can use right away.

Recorded on 27 July 2016 @ 7:30am AWST (GMT+8)

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From the meetup.com event page

Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie is an entrepreneur, game designer, professional educator, technologist, community activator, researcher, advocate for women in tech, and champion of the games industry in WA.

Last month she was presented with WAITTA Incite’s Professional Achiever of the Year Award for her work supporting diversity and growth in WA’s games and tech industries.

We are excited to host Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie at this week’s Morning Startup for what we’re sure will be a mind-opening presentation on the real-world impact of diversity on your startup’s success.

Numerous studies have shown that diverse teams are not only more effective, but also more innovative. So, improving organisational diversity is not just about doing the right thing – it can have a clear return on investment. Furthermore, as women are now key consumers in areas seen as male only — for example 50% of gamers are now women yet only 10% of those creating those games are actually women —  diverse companies will have a huge advantage in creating products that have appeal beyond the traditional demographic.

Drawing on 15+ years working in and around the tech industry and supporting diverse and inclusive projects, Kate will outline the why and how of supporting diversity, including a number of actionable steps you can use right away.

About Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, BA (hons), PhD

Kate has lead a variety of inclusive, collaborative and innovative projects with a variety of stakeholders in Canada and Australia, including a privacy literacy game co-created with children that was funded by the Privacy Commission of Canada; an Aboriginal culture game created with Weerianna Street media in Roebourne, Western Australia; and PrivacyCampTO, an open ‘unconference’ funded by Mozilla for citizens, researchers and practitioners to come together to address privacy and surveillance issues.

Kate also lead usability testing in Nigeria for TakingITGlobal — an NGO with a strong user base on the African continent — for their web platform redesign.

Kate has spoken at SXSW, TEDxPerth and PAX Australia and has received multiple international awards and accolades for her work — most recently she was named one of the most influential women in the games industry in Australia and New Zealand by MCV Pacific for the second year running.

Kate is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University, where she holds a PhD in internet studies and is the Director of the Games and Interactive Program at FTI.

Find out more at http://raynesgoldie.com and http://www.k4t3.org, and follow Kate on Twitter @oceanpark