Our 6 Favourite Tech Podcasts
February 1, 2023 by CLG Team
Did you know Australia wears the crown for the biggest podcast-listening country in the world? According to the latest Infinite Dial Australia report, a whopping 40% of the population has listened to a podcast in the last month.
Podcasts are one of the best ways to keep learning and stay up to date with the latest tech news and trends for those working in ICT, individuals aspiring for a tech career or anyone with a curious mind and interest in technology.
With over 2.4 million podcasts and counting out there, how do you go about finding the best tech podcasts? Which ones are worth a listen? Well, to help you out, we’ve enlisted the expertise of our CLG team to run through our top 6 favourite tech podcasts.
No matter how you enjoy staying informed and learning about new innovations and issues in the world of tech, these tech podcasts are definitely worth putting on your radar.
Body: Host Bridget Todd, a former teacher and the communications director of the feminist group UltraViolet talks with technology builders and policymakers from across the globe that are developing more trustworthy AI that puts people ahead of profit. This thought-provoking podcast is made by Mozilla the non-profit behind Firefox.
The latest season, the show's sixth, delves into algorithms, machine learning and data. There are also awesome episodes in previous seasons covering privacy policies, the internet’s carbon footprint, the surveillance economy and more. So definitely worth going back into the archives to unearth the episodes on topics that are of most interest to you and relevant to your work.
Recommended episode: What if women built the internet?
Also hosted by podcast legend Bridget Todd, TANGOTI chronicles the experiences of marginalised groups online, and the overlooked ways marginalised voices have shaped technology and the internet from the get-go.
Weekly tech-themed eps are a marvellous mixed bag covering the latest news stories, tech innovations and issues that matter. No two episodes are alike! Think the #FreeBritney movement, anti-influencing, yoga on the internet and election disinformation tactics.
Recommended episode: Is the #Girlboss era over?
An Adobe production, Wireframe describes itself as a podcast for UX/UI designers, graphic designers and ‘the design curious’. Hosted by Khoi Vin, the principal graphic designer at Adobe and former design director at the New York Times, this podcast explores stories behind UX design and how it helps technology fit into our lives. Episodes are typically around the 22 min mark, making them a great quick listen for creatives wanting to learn about different aspects of design.
In the latest season, Khoi talks with struggling small business owners and connects them with mentors and designers to help them level up their design chops. This season takes you on a deep dive into principles of good design, what makes great branding and design strategy through various case studies.
Recommended episode: Philip Wang and Karlei Ayers Help Hangover Coffee Design a More Personable Brand
Produced by CodeNewbie, hosts Vaidehi and Saran present beginner-friendly computer science lessons in a lighthearted, easy-to-digest and accessible way. The content discussed in the podcast is based on Vaidehi Joshi's base.cs blog, an awesome resource with loads of helpful hand-drawn charts if you are a visual learner.
Episode run times are about 20 minutes, making them the perfect length for a quick tram ride or drive to the shops to brush up on coding basics. For beginners, start from season 1 (there are only 8 or so eps per season) to build up your foundational programming knowledge. For intermediate coders, try picking episodes based on areas of interest or concepts you could use a refresher on.
Recommended episode: Bits, Binary, and Bytes
Recode Daily podcast hosted by Adam Clark Estes and Rani Molla, covers a single story about our ‘tech-infused lives’ per episode. Delivered in short but sweet 5-15 minute instalments, this podcast is a must-listen for tech nerds and makes it easy to stay up to date on the latest tech company news, trends and important tech innovations.
Episodes explore hydrogen-powered cars, coral reef resurrection, how video game characters get made and making crypto eco-friendly. Really fascinating stuff!
Recommended episode: What if the future of work is exactly the same?
Made by CodeNewbie, a supportive international community of people learning to code, host Saron Yitbarek interviews people from diverse backgrounds about their coding journey and leads discussions about technology. No matter your skill level or job in tech, there’s a great variety of topics and inspiring guests that’ll keep you interested and learning.
This is a really worthwhile and feel-good listen if you are early on your learning to code journey and want to hear a variety of perspectives about different positions and pathways into tech and learn about concepts in an easy-to-absorb way. This podcast will motivate you to keep going, to learn that new skill, enrol in that coding course or apply for that internship.
Recommended episode: What are some common mistakes people make when learning to code?
AND AS A LITTLE EXTRA... Top tech podcasts as recommended by the CLG community
A little while back we asked the CLG community ‘What is your favourite tech podcast?’. Here are their top picks:
‘Indie Hackers!’ – @jahmandee
‘I highly recommend ladybug.dev to hear lady Twitter acquaintances who set out to add their voices to the male-dominated tech podcast space. Kelly Vaughn, Ali Spittel, Emma Bostian, Lindsey Kopacz, and Sidney Buckner are excellent role models and advocates for woman in the tech industry.’ – @stweffy_88
‘My fave is Syntax Web Development. Wes and Scott are so entertaining but super informative!’ – @melissa_cupples
From staying in the loop with industry news, learning new concepts and being inspired by talented individuals working in tech, the world of podcasts certainly has so much to offer coding newbies and seasoned pros. Have you selected your new favourite tech podcast to binge listen to yet?