Women making their mark on design and development

Women making their mark on design and development


The month of March is Women's History Month and celebrates the achievements and contributions women have had in society. From Kate Sheppard leading the New Zealand suffragette movement in 1893 to 18-year-old high schooler Emma Gonzalez fighting for gun control in 2018, women have been making an impact since day one. Women's History Month is in place to remind us all that we can make a difference and strive for change. At UiRevolution, we want to spend Women's History Month celebrating the unsung female heroes in design and development; the women we look up to and are making a real difference in the digital world.

“We can all be agents of change. National Women’s History Month is an opportunity to look at the contributions of extraordinary women and reflect on how we can work to make the world a better place.”
— Naz Beheshti - ForbesWomen

Development & Software Engineering

Firstly, let's talk about development and software engineering. It's no surprise that careers in IT and engineering are dominated by men. Only 13% of engineers in New Zealand are female, which includes all types of engineering including software, mechanical and civil. Although everything may seem all doom and gloom, things are looking up for female engineers. The University of Auckland aim to encourage more women to study engineering and increase the measly 13% to above 20% by the end of 2020. By targeting women specifically for these programs, over the last 10 years the percentage of women entering the engineering workforce through the UoA has increased by 50%.

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper was a graduate of Yale, with a PHD in mathematics. During World War II, she joined the Naval Reserve in 1943 where she became a lieutenant and was assigned to work on the Harvard Mark I, the predecessor to the modern computer. Hopper was involved in developing the programming language COBOL, one of the original programming languages. Hopper was also the inventor of the compiler, a program that translates code to machine language, essentially inventing the connection between human and machine. She was also credited with coining the terms "bug" and "debug" to describe errors in code and the action to fix them. Grace Hopper died on New Year's Day 1992 and was laid to rest with full military honours.

Here are some other awesome female computer scientists for you to admire:

  • Ada Lovelace - Mathematician in the 1800s who is regarded as the first ever computer programmer

  • Annie Easly - An African American computer scientist who worked on sending some of the first rockets into space at NASA

  • Marissa Mayer - Former CEO at Yahoo! and founder of Lumi Labs


In the world of design, according to a 2013 report by the University of the Arts London, "of the 12,930 students at the University of the Arts London ... 9,370 are female – a pretty weighty 72.5%". When the amount of female students is promising, only 40% of working designers are made up of women. Rebecca Wright, programme director of graphic communication design at Central Saint Martins, wants any and all designers to strive for success and for those who are at the top to address the issue of diverse leadership roles in the design industry.

“But if we want to equip our students to have influence in industry, and for its shape and face to change, perhaps it is time that more of us did so.”
— Rebecca Wright - It's Nice That

Jessica Walsh

One of the ladies on top of the graphic design world is American graphic designer Jessica Walsh. Art director and partner of the infamous Sagmeister & Walsh in New York city, Walsh started designing and coding websites at age 11. When she graduated from fine arts school, Walsh made her way to New York where she met the legendary Stefan Sagmeister and was signed on as partner. Walsh's work focuses on blending traditional art forms, like painting and photography, with digital design. Her portfolio spreads far and wide, from clients such as The New York Times, Jay Z (yes, that Jay Z), Adobe, and Levi's to name a few. In an interview with ADC Switzerland, Walsh acknowledges the lack of female leadership in the world of design and how to overcome it. "In order to change that [we should be] fostering healthy connections between women and providing more opportunities".

Here are some other awesome female designers for you to admire

  • Paula Sher - A revolutionary typographer who was the first female principle at Pentagram, a legendary design studio based in New York and London

  • Carolyn Davidson - The graphic designer responsible for designing the infamous Nike Swoosh

  • Cathy Pearl - Vice President of User Experience at Sensely. Her work spans multiple projects including a virtual nurse that helps manage chronic health conditions and designing helicopter simulators at NASA.

International Women's Day is about celebrating women like Jessica Walsh and Grace Hopper who overcame adversity to prove that it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, straight or gay, black or white, you can achieve great things if you apply yourself in a field you are passionate about. UiRevolution celebrates our diversity and we aim to improve and learn everyday. If there is a woman in your life that inspires you, reach out and let her know.

From all of us at UiRevolution, Happy International Women’s Day!

Spotlight: Fulton Hogan Annual Innovation Report

Spotlight: Fulton Hogan Annual Innovation Report

Every year, Fulton Hogan release their Annual Innovation Report. This year, UiRevolution was featured along with our Blue Skies innovation portal. The following is a transcript of the published article.

Blue Skies

Fulton Hogan with UiRevolution has developed a new system to capture and share innovation.

With 6,500 people spread across Australasia, one of the biggest hurdles we faced was improving communication and collaboration.

Blue Skies is a multi-faceted communication and interaction tool. Initially released via Salesforce as an idea dumping ground it has been redesigned with our partner, UiRevolution, to form a complete database of every innovation, big or small, that has delivered value for our people and our customers. Key benefits include:

  • Blue Skies enables the ability to capture and share innovations, comment on and like ideas; upload photos, drawings and documents; apply for funding; and search through existing ideas to solve current issues onsite. Blue Skies can also be used to recognise individuals who conveyed an idea, or developed a new product or service.
  • Blue Skies is unique in that it makes innovation accessible. Our teams can contribute, view, or share at any time from multiple touch points where they work, rest or play. Blue Skies is on any web-capable phone, from every desktop, as an iPad application, available on kiosks in our lunch rooms and reception areas, and even formatted for the big screen televisions in our boardrooms.
  • Blue Skies improves engagement around innovation, therefore, encouraging the development of a culture where innovation is seen as business as usual. Improved engagement means more ideas are developed and embedded in the business to improve productivity, safety, environmental sustainability, business performance, and delivers increased value to our customers.
  • Blue Skies is also utilised to run our internal awards. It drives update of our awards by making them accessible to a wider audience and by providing real-time feedback directly from the judge to the entrant.

Blue Skies for Our Customers

Blue Skies kiosks are located in Fulton Hogan regional offices and are now available for our customers.

Already up and running in the Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council, these kiosks give our customers direct access to all innovations that have been developed and trialled on site.

Enabling our customers to raise a challenge.
Do you have a challenge that you would like to put forward to our people to solve? Within Blue Skies we have added in a challenge space, where any challenge can be made visible to our people with the end goal of solving our customers' biggest problems. These challenges are visible for entry for a set period of time or until the challenge has had successful resolution, with the top entries being assessed by the business for development and trial. Challenge winners receive a certificate, presented by the regional manager, and a voucher for Mitre 10, as recognition of their idea.

If you have a challenge you would like to put forward or an innovation you would like to add to Blue Skies, email the innovation team at innovation@fultonhogan.com.

We've been boosted

We've been boosted

Boosted is a crowdfunding platform made just for Kiwi artists and donors, allowing anyone to donate or seek funding for art projects all around the country. Boosted has been around since 2013 and has already proven a success with a growing collection of funded projects totalling over $1 million and a showcase of local awards. 

Apps are up, and browsing is down!

Apps are up, and browsing is down!

According to "flurry" the global realtime analytics platform, when it comes to mobile, fewer and fewer people every year are using their browser, instead they are reaching for an App.  

Flurry tracks more than two billion devices each month with more than 10 billion sessions per day and what they say is alarming news for the digital industry in general.