Sean Audain - Council is a chocolate chip cookie

Sean Audain - Council is a chocolate chip cookie

Sean Audain works at the Wellington City Council and has been a civil servant in one manner or another all his professional life ... wait, wait, come back, this is NOT boring!

This is a story of many things, open data, smart cities, guiding others through red tape, and compassion for the startup but most of all this is a story that is in no way finished.

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#WiDSWellington Event Day

#WiDSWellington Event Day

Note: you should also listen to part 1 and part 2 of the #WiDSWellington 2019 Speaker series.

The day of the event and we got to catch-up with a staaaaaack of people including ALL of the speakers not already represented on the podcast (see above), and all of the exhibitors. We asked 3 simple questions 1) Who are you; 2) Who are you representing; 3) Why this event?

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WiDS Wellington speakers (pt 1) - Talking to the Wizards of Data Science

WiDS Wellington speakers (pt 1) - Talking to the Wizards of Data Science

In the run up to the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Wellington event we find out who, what, where, and why from four of the speakers - you will hear from:

  • Mary-Ellen Gordon

  • Kat Greenbrook

  • Amanda Hughes

  • Ernestynne Walsh

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Kate Kolich + Mary-Ellen Gordon: WiDS 2019 (9th March, Wellington)

Kate Kolich + Mary-Ellen Gordon: WiDS 2019 (9th March, Wellington)

We had a brief chat with Kate Kolich and Mary-Ellen Gordon, the co-organisers of WiDS Wellington (Women In Data Science) being held at Wellington’s Victoria University on Saturday 9th March. They take us through the global event, the Wellington one, and what everyone can expect when they come along …

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#WellyTech 2018 - Liz MacPherson (CEO Stats NZ, Government Statistician, and Chief Data Steward)

#WellyTech 2018 - Liz MacPherson (CEO Stats NZ, Government Statistician, and Chief Data Steward)

The #WellyTech event doesn't happen without partners standing next to us and making it happen. We are honoured to hear from Liz MacPherson, CEO Stats NZ, Government Statistician, and Chief Data Steward.

Watch out for our #WellyTech partner podcasts coming over the next few days:

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Jim Boutcher - Gorilla Giving

Jim Boutcher - Gorilla Giving

Jim Boutcher is mild mannered data nerd by day and by night came up with Givahoy - no more walking past the charity bucket shakers when you have no cash in your pockets.

We at Access Granted LOVED this concept and had to talk to JIm, and then we had to bring Jim and the #WellyTech charity, The Neonatal Trust together which we did.

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Nat Dudley - Accidental Designer

Nat Dudley - Accidental Designer

Nat Dudley launched her UX career in a queue at Gather and subsequently emerged as one of the countries top UX designers with a true empathetic approach to her work. Nat discusses how there are very few true career paths for UX, equability and diversity within tech, and the most awesome "Do Better at Conference Diversity".

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Kate Kolich - You Can't Be What You Can't See

Kate Kolich - You Can't Be What You Can't See

Katarina Kolich is Head of Enterprise Data and Information Services at BNZ. Whilst we touch on her work we focussed mostly on her role in engaging more women into tech and specifically into the data sciences arena. This work includes New Zealand's first ever Stanford Women In Data Sciences (WIDS) Conference to be held in Auckland on March 5th.

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Sam Daish – Do little things that make a big difference

Sam Daish – Do little things that make a big difference

Sam started in recruitment to HR and strategy which lead to information management and analytics. These days Sam spends his time at Xero as Head of Data Innovation, so he’s all about how to use data and conveying information in interesting ways. 

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