Jenine Beekhuyzen is an advocate for diversity in IT and has a long history of organizing and presenting at girls and computing events and visiting schools. She has volunteered in many committees and mentoring programs over the past decade.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Jenine and learn more about her passion for girls in Tech.
Jenine has a strong academic publishing record on gender and IT and runs her own research consulting business, Adroit Research. Through her community, consulting and academic activities, she has built connections at a local level in Australia with women working in the tech industry, tech companies, industry groups, government, schools and teachers, and educators in school, vocational and tertiary education.
Jenine is a university lecturer in Information Technology and she serves a number of editorial roles in academic journals. She is the Asia-Pacific representative for the Association for Information Systems-National Center for Women in Technology (US) and the United Nations PRME Coordinator of the global repository on gender and technology. Her networks extend to Europe, the United States and Asia. She has research collaborations with Deakin University, QUT, the University of Muenster (Germany), the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and the University of Liechtenstein.
Jenine is the Founder of the Tech Girls Movement, a non-profit to inspire girls into technology careers. She produced Tech Girls Are Superheroes and Tech Girls are Chic! — books which have received widespread success. Jenine has collaborated with research associates Sue Nielsen and Liisa von Hellens on the Women in Technology (WinIT) Project and was a guest Professor in Gender and IT within the Maria Goeppert-Mayer foundation (Germany 2008). In 2012, Dr. Beekhuyzen was awarded the Claudio Ciborra Award for Innovative Research at the European Conference on Information Systems in Barcelona, and in the same year she was awarded the University Award for Outstanding Teaching and Learning.