Vogue Australia Encourages Female Tech Innovation At VOGUE CODES 2018

Vogue Australia Encourages Female Tech Innovation At VOGUE CODES 2018

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann (main photo) today announced key partnerships and schedule of events for VOGUE CODES 2018.

VOGUE CODES 2018 returns with an expanded program of events and an impressive line-up of local and international speakers, designed to inspire women to be creators of the digital future and encourage female innovation. 

Vogue Australia, in partnership with Westpac, will hold the VOGUE CODES 2018 Summit in Melbourne on Tuesday 12 June and in Sydney on Friday 22 June. VOGUE CODES Live, aimed at young tech-minded women early in their careers, returns and will be held on Saturday 23 June followed by VOGUE CODES: KIDS on Sunday 24 June.

New to the program of events is breakfast series, VOGUE CODES In Conversation, presented by Audi, being held in Melbourne on Wednesday 13 June and in Sydney on Thursday 14 June.

Speakers participating in this year’s events include global head of fashion at Instagram Eva Chen, founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI Leila Janah, head of strategy and leadership at Uber Meena Harris, co-founder of Envato and CEO/co-founder of Hey Tiger Cyan Ta’eed, creator of Go-To Skincare Zoë Foster Blake and Canva co-founder and CEO Melanie Perkins.

McCann said: “VOGUE CODES is our crusade to see women empowered by technology, not disabled by it. The statistics of female participation in the commercial and education tech-sectors are still appalling and our hope is that by challenging stereotypes and presenting women and young girls with panels of incredible female role models, a successful career in technology will be something future generations won’t think twice about.

“The response to VOGUE CODES since we launched the initiative two years ago has been overwhelmingly positive with tickets to this year’s events selling fast – two of them are already sold out. We are particularly looking forward to bringing the VOGUE CODES Summit to Melbourne for the first time this year.

“We’re delighted to have Westpac return as presenting partner for VOGUE CODES 2018 along with our supporting partner HP, and that Audi has come on board for our breakfast series this year. We are all committed to making this a highly successful campaign which really makes a difference.”

Westpac’s general manager, business integration Anastasia Cammaroto said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Vogue Australia on VOGUE CODES for the third consecutive year. This year our focus is on something I’m really passionate about – building the next generation of female scientists, engineers and mathematicians, as well as technologists by showcasing the people that inspire them. Westpac is committed to addressing the gender imbalance in the technology industry and our partnership with VOGUE CODES is another way we can help break down the stereotypes and make roles in technology more attractive to women and girls.”

VOGUE CODES was launched by Vogue Australia in 2016 to encourage women to be empowered by technology in an effort to see more women pursue careers in tech-related industries and be the creators of the digital future.

HP returns as supporting partner of VOGUE CODES 2018.

VOGUE CODES 2018 – Program of Events


MAIÁ – Tuesday 12 June

The inaugural VOGUE CODES Summit Melbourne will feature empowering discussions on fashion, business and technology as the Vogue team hosts a curated conference dedicated to female innovation. The aspirational agenda of the VOGUE CODES Summit Melbourne consists of a series of panel discussions and keynote addresses by some of the world’s most successful female entrepreneurs and business women including: Instagram’s head of fashion Eva Chen and beauty entrepreneur and creator of Go-To Skincare’s Zoë Foster Blake.

VOGUE In Conversation

Vue de monde, Melbourne – Wednesday 13 June

Bistro Guillaume, Sydney – Thursday 14 June

A breakfast event series recognising women who drive progress in their fields, VOGUE CODES In Conversation presented by Audi Australia will highlight the growing importance of emotional intelligence to technology and business. Lisa Wilkinson (Melbourne) and Sandra Sully (Sydney), two of Australia’s most respected women in media, will share their own anecdotes of challenging the status quo, along with contributions from special guests with a background in business, media and technology. Join the conversation, connect and network through a uniquely female perspective.


Barangaroo – Friday 22 June

The VOGUE CODES Summit Sydney will include keynote addresses by Leila Janah (founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI) and Meena Harris (head of strategy and leadership at Uber). They will be joined by a raft of local and international guest panellists all leaders from various fields within the tech and entrepreneurial space. The VOGUE CODES Summit aims to not only inspire attendees with some of the world’s most influential and insightful case studies, but arm them with actionable skills that will help them continue to innovate and drive their own success stories.


Carriageworks, Sydney – Saturday 23 June

VOGUE CODES: Live creates a platform for young women starting out in their careers to engage and be inspired by leading entrepreneurial women in tech from various sectors of the industry. In 2018, ticket holders will hear from speakers including co-founder and CEO of Canva Melanie Perkins.


Carriageworks, Sydney – Sunday 24 June

Back by popular demand, VOGUE CODES: KIDS in partnership with Code Club Australia encourages primary school children to interact with and learn about technology and basic coding skills. VOGUE CODES: KIDS provides a fun, engaging and educational experience for the whole family.

For further information on VOGUE CODES visit codes.vogue.com.au/

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