Jenine Beekhuyzen

Jenine Beekhuyzen

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Jenine Beekhuyzen

Tech Girls are Superheroes

Networking Lounge Topic: Engaging Girls in STEM


Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen is a Futurist, Diversity expert, with many accolades for her work, most notably the 2019 Women in Digital UQ Business School Community Change Award, the 2017 Qld Pearcey Award for Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2016 Westpac/AFT Women of Influence and the 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year. As one of Advance Queensland’s Digital Champions two years in a row (2017/2018), she was named by the Sydney Morning Herald as a female rising star in ICT, and the 2014 AIIA iAward Winner Queensland ICT Woman of the Year.

Feedback from WID judges: “The need for a movement, and program, of this calibre to champion equality for women in STEM is of great importance. The TGMF have developed a comprehensive program (and competition) that addresses the core of the issues pertaining to the low number of women currently in STEM roles and careers. The traction that the program and competition have gained within the education sector – and their understanding of the curriculum environment and support required to grow further is comprehensive and impressive”.

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen is a social entrepreneur and academic, and an advocate for increasing the number of women in STEM. She is the Founder & CEO of the non-profit Tech Girls Movement Foundation (TGMF), and runs her own research consulting company Adroit Research with her expertise in qualitative research. Dr. Beekhuyzen completed her Doctorate in Australia on unauthorised file sharing in 2010, and she has turned her research on gender into practice by producing the illustrative children’s books Tech Girls Are Superheroes (1 & 2) and Tech Girls are Chic! – free books which have received widespread success with 80 000 copies distributed to school girls and schools across Australia.

Her advocacy for girls and women in STEM is based on more than a decade of internationally peer-reviewed research; she has more than 65 published peer reviewed papers. Dr. Beekhuyzen is also the Queensland Authorised Trainer for QSR’s NVivo software with 20 years of research experience.

In 2012, Dr. Beekhuyzen was awarded the Claudio Ciborra Award for Innovative Research at the European Conference on Information Systems in Barcelona, and the University Award for Outstanding Teaching and Learning.