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#079: How a Girl Geek found her North Star – Sarah Moran

By Jordan Michaelides

Sarah Moran ( @SarahMoran ) is the Co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, while also being NAB’s Girl Geek in Residence. Girl Geek Academy is behind Australia’s first all-female hackathon #SheHacks; the first all-female makerfest #SheMakes; the first hackathon for young girls #MissMakesCode; and the career development event for women in gaming #SheMakesGames. Sarah has a mission to encourage 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025, a lofty challenge over the next 7 years.

When I was at high school, I remember that I was constantly pigeonholed and told that certain knowledge bases (like maths & science) where outside of my potential. The entire point of this podcast was to build my worldly wisdom (as Charlie Munger calls it), bringing you along the way and reinforcing that if you have the right attitude – most forms of learning are quite achievable.

Sarah’s work identifies that so long as you have the personality and aptitude to match, hacking and hustling are within your grasp.

New forms of education across large groups of people are going to be incredibly important in bridging the knowledge base as coding becomes the new blue collar job over the next decade.

You get a sense from this discussion why Sarah decided to focus in particular on women, and why that’s her north star.

In this episode we covered a lot, including:

  • Grease the film, birth control
  • Minimalism in clothing
  • Sarah’s country upbringing in Lismore
  • Her interest in tech, the education system and STEM
  • Girl Geek Academy, #SheHacks
  • Event planning and marketing
  • Lessons learnt from teaching

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01:35 – Introduction
05:08 – Grease the film, birth control
08:09 – Minimalism in clothing
13:56 – Country upbringing with the internet
23:10 – Lessons learnt from her parents
26:23 – Education path, leaving home
33:03 – Brisbane and getting into radio
36:11 – STEM and the education system
42:59 – Girl Geek Academy, #SheHacks
50:06 – Event planning and marketing
56:45 – Awareness, education, action, and success
01:02:56 – Lessons learnt from teaching
01:09:56 – What she would do differently
01:12:37 – Girl Geek leverage & establishment
01:15:44 – Cindy Gallop of MakeLoveNotPorn
01:17:37 – Morning and evening routines
01:19:52 – A book she’d gift someone