ShadowTech Day provides young women in years 9 -11 with an opportunity to experience what working in the tech sector could be like, encouraging them onto education pathways that lead into tech sector roles.
The programme connects young women at school with women working in the tech sector, who act as a mentors. Secondary school students get to spend a day with the woman in tech, experiencing a day in the life of an IT professional. Students also have the option to partner with a tertiary student, who can provide mentoring and advice on study options.
ShadowTech was founded by MIT, and is delivered in partnership with NZTech. The program was first run in 2014 under the name Shadow IT and changed to ShadowTech in 2016. Our objective is to see an increase in the number of females who choose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects at a secondary and tertiary level and ultimately choose a career in tech.