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Sarah Moran is CEO and co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, a social enterprise on a mission to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025.

Sarah has been immersed in tech and STEM for most of her career. Learning how to code at the age of five and building websites and digital products throughout her teens, Sarah was confronted by the negative stereotypes around girls and tech within the teaching world. She has also worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, where she witnessed first-hand the challenges faced by women in the industry.

Sarah established Girl Geek Academy in 2014 alongside her four fellow co-founders Lisy Kane, Tammy Butow, Amanda Watts and April Staines, as a place to learn, connect and inspire change. The Girl Geek Academy programs are for girls from the age of five right through to 95.

Helping inspire a generational shift in the way political leaders, schools, young girls and professional women think about and practice STEM, Girl Geek Academy has trained more than 1000 teachers in #MissMakesCode, the world’s first hackathon for girls aged five to eight. That equates to a reach of more than 10,000 students in Australia now exposed to STEM education from the age of five.

Girl Geek Academy is also behind Australia’s first all-women hackathon, #SheHacks, and Australia’s first all-women makerfest, #SheMakes. An Anthill Smart 100 finalist, it partnered with the Victorian government to deliver a hackathon tackling domestic violence in Australia and and launched the world’s largest all-women incubator. Always innovating, this year the academy broadened its youth focus with a cyber security pop-up workshop for tweens, aged 9-13.

Sarah’s vision is to challenge the stereotypes and create positive and visible new role models – whether that’s for women within the tech and games industries, making and wearables, building startups, or executive leadership for women in large technology organisations.

In 2018, Sarah was awarded the Australian Women’s Weekly Woman of the Future Award and also the QUT Young Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alumni Award. She was also a finalist for Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year.

In demand as a speaker and commentator, in 2017 Sarah joined the panel on the Network Ten and Foxtel Lifestyle topical news show, Common Sense. 2017 also saw Sarah attend the world’s largest tech summit – Web Summit – in Lisbon in November. She was one of only three Australians invited to deliver a conversation around inclusion in the workplace amongst fellow speakers including Al Gore, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, and the late Stephen Hawking.

An active community contributor, Sarah works with the Leonardo group and Science Gallery Melbourne, is a member of the Victorian Minister’s Advisory Council for Gender Equality, an ambassador for Brisbane City Council’s youth program, Visible Ink, and is a member of the Future of Work Summit advisory board. She also sits on the VicHealth Youth Taskforce and is a VicHealth champion.

Sarah and Girl Geek Academy will publish a young adult fiction series with Penguin Books in 2019.

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