Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Inspiring 10,000 girls to become tech savvy superheroes

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen is a researcher, entrepreneur and CEO of her own research/technology consulting company Adroit Research. She also founded the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit organisation dedicated to attracting more girls into technology studies and careers. The movement aims to engage 10,000 girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) entrepreneurship by 2020.

Through the Tech Girls Movement, Jenine leads a youth entrepreneurship program – Tech Girls Are Superheroes – to equip school girls with digital literacy, business and technology skills. She has become an impressive role model for young women wanting to work in technology.

The program includes:

  • ICT outreach in schools
  • the creation and distribution of free books
  • an annual national competition for teams of young girls to pitch and develop an app to solve a problem in the community.

Jenine’s free books ‘Tech Girls Are Superheroes’ and ‘Tech Girls are Chic!’ have received widespread acclaim. Now it’s also possible to read about the Tech Girl Superhero characters in a format suitable for girls aged two to seven years via Kindergo.

Dr Beekhuyzen received the 2017 Tech Diversity Merit Award (Education) with Diverse City Careers for the Tech Girls Movement 2017 Superhero Daughter Days, held across nine cities in Australia and New Zealand.

Her achievements in the digital technology space are significant, including:

  • more than 60 academic peer-reviewed publications
  • serving in voluntary roles at the United Nations
  • international research collaborations
  • multiple awards for her university teaching and research
  • cited as a ‘rising female star in Australian Tech’ (Sydney Morning Herald 2014)
  • named as 2014 Australian Information Industry Association, Queensland ICT Woman of the Year
  • awarded 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year.

Jenine is passionate about building digital literacy and self-confidence around technology in girls and young women from two to 17 years old.

She is scaling up the program, making it available to all schools across Australia and New Zealand, to engage school students in real-world problem solving, building skills, knowledge and confidence.

Jenine was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, she will work towards building a digital tech community hub for tech girls to continue their digital innovations. She will also host showcase events across Queensland and the rest of Australia for tech girls who completed the ‘2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero’ to display their app in an expo to the general public.

Jenine is nominated by: The University of Queensland

Inspiring 10,000 girls to become tech savvy superheroes

Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen is a researcher, entrepreneur and CEO of her own research/technology consulting company Adroit Research. She also founded the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit organisation dedicated to attracting more girls into technology studies and careers. The movement aims to engage 10,000 girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) entrepreneurship by 2020.

Through the Tech Girls Movement, Jenine leads a youth entrepreneurship program – Tech Girls Are Superheroes – to equip school girls with digital literacy, business and technology skills. She has become an impressive role model for young women wanting to work in technology.

The program includes:

  • ICT outreach in schools
  • the creation and distribution of free books
  • an annual national competition for teams of young girls to pitch and develop an app to solve a problem in the community.

Jenine’s free books ‘Tech Girls Are Superheroes’ and ‘Tech Girls are Chic!’ have received widespread acclaim. Now it’s also possible to read about the Tech Girl Superhero characters in a format suitable for girls aged two to seven years via Kindergo.

Dr Beekhuyzen received the 2017 Tech Diversity Merit Award (Education) with Diverse City Careers for the Tech Girls Movement 2017 Superhero Daughter Days, held across nine cities in Australia and New Zealand.

Her achievements in the digital technology space are significant, including:

  • more than 60 academic peer-reviewed publications
  • serving in voluntary roles at the United Nations
  • international research collaborations
  • multiple awards for her university teaching and research
  • cited as a ‘rising female star in Australian Tech’ (Sydney Morning Herald 2014)
  • named as 2014 Australian Information Industry Association, Queensland ICT Woman of the Year
  • awarded 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year.

Jenine is passionate about building digital literacy and self-confidence around technology in girls and young women from two to 17 years old.

She is scaling up the program, making it available to all schools across Australia and New Zealand, to engage school students in real-world problem solving, building skills, knowledge and confidence.

Jenine was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, she will work towards building a digital tech community hub for tech girls to continue their digital innovations. She will also host showcase events across Queensland and the rest of Australia for tech girls who completed the ‘2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero’ to display their app in an expo to the general public.

Jenine is nominated by: The University of Queensland