This article first appeared in edition 9 of Behind the Dot magazine. Read the full article by downloading the magazine now.

The City of Melbourne, National Australia Bank and University of Melbourne were among an inspiring group of organisations recognised earlier this year in the inaugural #TechDiversity Awards.

The awards were presented by Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade The Hon Philip Dalidakis MLC at a gala dinner at Melbourne Town Hall in August.

diversity-awards-philip-dalidakisRecipients represent organisations and programs that demonstrate excellence in gender and cultural diversity. Winners included corporate initiatives such as those at software designer ThoughtWorks Australia, and educational programs such as Code Like a Girl, which runs a series of tech-focused events and workshops around Melbourne focused on increasing the number of females in technology.

Mr Dalidakis highlighted the importance of the event in shining a light on the positive impact of diversity as well as celebrating those who are leading the way in these fields.

“Victoria’s tech industry is leading the country in attracting major global tech leaders to base here and generating revenues of more than $34 million annually for the economy but there is no doubt, we need more diversity – it is what will make our industry great.

Read the full article in edition 9 of Behind the Dot magazine. Edition 9 also featured an interview with Startup Victoria chief Georgia Beattie as well as the annual .au survey report.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]