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Fabulous Saving Bletchley Park WCIT IT Livery business lunchย 

I had a really wonderful time yesterday delivering a speech to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists at their monthly business lunch on board HMS Wellington on the Thames ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

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I was so well looked after my the Beadle, the Master, the clerk and everyone else, it was an absolutely superb lunch. 


We all retired to a local pub afterwards and the conversations about the IT industry, technology, Bletchley Park and our incredible UK tech history continued until the evening. 


I had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go to more WCIT events ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰ 

Wonderful Bletchley Park work by year 6 Girls at Surbiton High Schoolย 

I was invited to Surbiton High School earlier this year to speak about my book Saving Bletchley Park. The year 6 girls and teachers went on a trip to Bletchley Park a few weeks ago. Today I was invited back to see all the work they had done and hear about their trip. They had made Anderson shelters, morse code machines, cardboard suitcases and had dressed up in 1940s clothes, it was fabulous. Cross curricula activity at its best ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

    
    
    
    
    
     

Saving Bletchley Park – book launch at Waterstones Piccadillyย 

Last night was one of the best nights of my life! My book Saving Bletchley Park was launched at Waterstones Piccadilly in central London. It was an amazing evening with speeches, a reading from my book, tears, drinks, great conversation and lots of laughter ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks a million to everyone that came and made it such a special night โค๏ธ   

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

UK/US Special Relationship – Winfield House roundtable

Enjoyed contributing to an extremely interesting round table discussion about the UK/US Special Relationship this morning at the U.S. Ambassador in London Matthew Barzun‘s residence Winfield House in Regent’s Park ๐Ÿ˜€ ย The conversation ranged from women to technology, from art to Bletchley Park and beyond. Looking forward to some practical next steps to take things to the next level.

My day: 18th March 2016 – Saving Bletchley Park book signing, lunch at the Shard celebrating my sister Sarah’s birthday and “Performing for the camera” at Tate Modern.ย 

Had a lovely day yesterday signing copies of my book “Saving Bletchley Park” in 3 branches of Foyles, lunch at the Shard celebrating my sister Sarah’s birthday, and then the “Performing for the camera” exhibition at the Tate Modern ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

My International Women’s Day 2016 in pictures #IWD2016

My #IWD2016 started with a keynote at King Games in Soho, what a great bunch of people, and supercool offices.   
    
    
    
    
Quick catchup with @lloyddavis and @technokitten for an #IWD2016 podcast    
Bumped into Professor Sarah Martindale from Nottingham University outside the House of Commons. 

Spent 2 hours live tweeting the #IWD2016 debate for the 50:50 Parliament campaign. Got chucked out for taking a photo, then was let back in to continue. 

  
 

Went to the private view of Jess de Wahls fabulous #STOPJECTIFY exhibition at the Different Gallery on Percy Street in London. 
   
    
    
 

A wonderful #IWD2016 with so many friends old and new. Happy #IWD2016! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰

From Ada Lovelace at Townley Girls Grammar to #girlswithgoals at Bishop Challoner Girls

I’ve just had a fabulous couple of weeks giving talks and being on panels in Manchester, London, Surrey and Oxford. I spoke at three schools: Surbiton High, Townley Girls Grammar and Bishop Challoner girls and met lots of really wonderful pupils and staff ๐Ÿ˜€

Great view on the train home from fab panel at the Civica conference


The first event was a panel at the Civica EXPO in Manchester. It was a great panel, chaired by Rory Cellan Jones. I somehow managed to take no pics ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Opening the new Ada Lovelace computing suite at Townley Girls grammar school

 

I was well looked after by the fabulous students at Townley Grammar ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Great to catch up with friends at Oxford Geek night

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On stage at Oxford Geek Night

 

Speaking at #wintech16

The “Women of Silicon Roundabout” conference #wintech16 was a great conference aimed at women in tech. I listened to several really great talks and also gave one myself.

Catching up with fab Sophie Walker at Lady Val’s networking lunch

After a quick lunch I dashed over to Covent Gardne for Lay Val’s networking lunch. I’m so delighted that Sophie Walker (above) has been elected to compete to be London’s Mayor. I’m a strong supporter of the Women’s Equality Party which Sophie is representing.

“Dreams can come true” my keynote at Bishop Challoner girls school launching #girlswithgoals

Final stop for the day was Bishop Challoner school in Tower Hamlets. I gave a keynote called “Dreams can come true” for 100 girls and their parents at the #girlswithgoals event. There were several other speakers who were really great, plus singing from the extremely talented Nathalie Reid, dance and cheerleading too. It was a great evening. Hats off to the staff and students at Bishop Challoner for a fabulous evening.

Signing my book “Saving Bletchley Park” for pupils at Bishop Challoner

I really enjoyed chatting to the fab pupils at Bishop Challoner school

ย  All in all it was a whirlwind of a few days. I really loved meeting the children and talking to them about Bletchley Park, plus life, the universe and everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Apps World and Women in Tech

Had a great afternoon at Apps World conference doing a fire side chat with Martha Lane Fox about women in tech, UK tech heritage, digital up skilling, and the future global digital world and the role the UK should be playing. 

 
    
    
    
   
  
    
    
    
 

How technology and education changed my life

It was quite surreal to receive this email today, inviting me to my talk at London South Bank University ๐Ÿ™‚

LSBU Alumni 2015
Dear Susan,

As a graduate of the BSc Computing Studies, class of 1993, we are delighted to invite you to an exclusive pre-drinks reception to welcome your fellow classmate, Dr Sue Black, back to LSBU.

โ€œIf I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOUโ€

Dr Black will deliver an inspirational talk about how technology and education changed her life. When Sue enrolled on the course, she was a single mum living on a Brixton council estate. Today, she is one of Europeโ€™s top 50 women in tech and a key voice in our digital future.

Date: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 17:30 โ€“ 21:00 including drinks and buffet reception
Venue: Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre (LSBU Southwark Campus)

This is an opportunity for you to reunite with your former classmates over drinks and hear Dr Blackโ€™s talk in a specially reserved area. Please email to register your place at the pre-drinks reception.

As we may not be in touch with all of our BSc Computing Studies graduates, please feel free to invite your fellow LSBU alumni or let us know so we can send them an invitation.

Best wishes,

The LSBU Alumni team
Olivia, Rishi and Laura

Saving Bletchley Park at Chester Literary Festival

Last night Steve Colgan and I gave a @savingbletchley book talk at Chester Literary Festival. We travelled up together on the train from London together during the afternoon. 

 
Arriving at Chester station around 5pm ๐Ÿ˜€

  

After dropping our bags at the hotel we made our way over to Chester Town Hall. 

  

I was so excited as it was the first time I’d given a talk at a literary festival, and the first time I’d read from my book in public. 

  
Steve was great to be on stage with. 

  
And the audience were great too, they asked lots of good questions. 

  

Questions about the veterans, social media, crowdfunding, cryptography, Enigma, computing and much more ๐Ÿ˜€

   It was a very enjoyable 90 minutes. 

  Afterwards Steve and I took a selfie

  Then walked through a very beautiful Chester city centre. 

   

  

 Before arriving at Hickory’s restaurant by the river for some delicious ribs ๐Ÿ‘

   

 And frozen yogurt ๐Ÿ˜€

This morning we made our way to Chester station before parting ways, Steve going back off to London

  And me to Manchester, catching up on a bit of reading and knitting on the way 

   

   

Thanks Mark Carline for the pics not take by me ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘