Tech Week is always such an exciting time of year for us here at RUSH. It not only allows us the opportunity to learn about how the technology and innovation sectors in New Zealand are growing, it also provides us with a platform to speak on how we design technology to better serve humankind.
As part of Tech Week, one of our Computer Vision Leads, Eleanor, was asked to speak at Women in Tech. An event focusing on how we can better create a network of support for women who are interested in pursuing a career in the tech field.
Eleanor shared her journey in the technology sector. She spoke to her experiences at university and in the industry, giving women an insight into how she built her career.
One of the main points she touched on was her learnings from building confidence in a male dominated industry.
“The last idea I’d like to leave you with is something that I work on everyday, which is confidence. Most people think you need to have confidence before you say yes to a new challenge but that isn’t the case. Confidence comes from doing something over and over. Take a risk and leave your comfort zone, you will be amazed at what you can achieve”.
Some of the ideas discussed were - grit versus perceived natural ability, passion, persistence and not being afraid of failure. The key take away from Eleanor’s presentation at Tech Week was that the lack of confidence, especially for women, can come from feeling like you don’t have what it takes. But instead of letting those fears hinder you, quiet those voices that tell you, you aren’t good enough and take a leap of faith.