It’s World IP Day and we’re celebrating the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future!
In the spirit of this year’s theme Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity we’re featuring incredible Australian women, starting with entrepreneur, thought leader, innovator and drone expert, Dr Catherine Ball (who also happens to be the keynote speaker at our upcoming IP Summit events).
Dr Ball has a long list of accomplishments, which include founding a number of start-up companies and pursuing successful passion projects such as The World of Drones Congress, which supports the new drone economy across the Asia-Pacific region (and featured 50:50 gender diverse speakers), and curating Gumption Trigger – a collection of stories of resilience and grit by business women, entrepreneurs and innovators.
Combining Dr Ball’s passion as an advocate of women in STEM and her background as a scientist working on drone technology, she co-founded She Flies – a start-up which is dedicated to improving female participation in STEM through drone education.
The She Flies program runs drone camps across Australia, they train teachers to be more confident with drone technology, they run school events and they are preparing online learning systems with webinars and lesson plans. The program is about to expand across the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, with the aim of reaching 100,000 women and girls by 2020.
Dr Ball advocates the principle of ‘see it to be it’, and hopes her actions will impact the next generation of females in STEM.
‘Girls can’t be what they can’t see; and so really lifting other women and highlighting women working in STEM based careers across the spectrum, is a powerful and undeniable thing,’ she says.
Her advice for aspiring STEMinists and female founders:
‘If you’re even thinking about it then you are half way there, AND you are not alone- there are so many women wanting to help and nurture other women. If you have doubts just reach out across your network and you will find some amazing mentors and sponsors there willing and able to assist. You can do this!’
Dr Ball has won several awards for her work in recent years, including the National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015 (Corporate and Private) and was named as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence 2016.
To hear more about her story, you can register to attend the IP Summit where Dr Ball will talk more about the She Flies program, her experience as a founder and her advice to those on the business journey.
The IP Summit is a free event and will be held in Sydney on 1 May and Melbourne on 8 May. This year’s theme is ‘Launch to export: take your ideas global’.
More posts for World IP Day 2018:
- Read how Terri Janke is powering change for Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property
- Read how Australia's pioneers powered change