Anna Thomas – Kinetic IT
Go Girl Workshop Topic: How technology has evolved in the Police Force, what it looks like in action today and what we can expect to see in the future. In 1987 the movie Robocop featured technology like integrated prosthetic limbs, laser vision, bionic exoskeletons and super weapons. Back in 1987 this was fantasy, dreamed up by Hollywood to entertain audiences. And while killer robots might still be a while off, technology has made some serious strides in 20 years and plays an important role in how our local Police Force are keeping us safe. From high tech facial recognition, finger printing and number plate scanning software the advancements in tech have been worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Anna is also passionate about empowering women in all industries, she believes that now is the time to carve the way for the women of the future, as so many brave women have done before us. Be daring, and disruptive, have your voice heard and make waves!
What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
The amazing things that you see people do every day. Everyday is different and every person in the industry is passionate about what they do, because it’s also what they love!
As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
Not especially, but I have always been a curious person, interested in science, but also art and humanitarianism. This industry allows all those sides of me to come out!
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
The coolest thing I have done personally is the Inca Trail. Four days of hiking through the mountains of Peru to get to Machu Picchu through rain, hail, snow and shine, made me realise I can do anything! Professionally, the coolest thing I have ever done is work on a large scale IT project that allowed me to move to Victoria and be a key leader on one of the biggest IT migrations Australia has ever seen!
Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
I think there is a real stereotype when you think about people who work in IT, and I think women are they key to breaking that stereotype. Its about being innovative, creative, inquisitive, but also practical and analytical. Who run tha world?
What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Self belief is key! I know that’s easy to say now, but 15 year old me did not have enough self belief. Exploring different options and knowing what you passionate about as well as what you are good at is your key to the future. It’s ok to be different!