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

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 😀👍🎉

    
    
    
    
    
     

Saving Bletchley Park – book launch at Waterstones Piccadilly 

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 😀 Thanks a million to everyone that came and made it such a special night ❤️   

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

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 😀  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. 

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 😀❤️😀
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

#STOPJECTIFY – An exhibition, highlighting the damaging effects of objectification, imagining & creating CHANGE!

An exhibition, highlighting the damaging effects of objectification, imagining & creating CHANGE!
Do check out #STOPJECTIFY fabulous #girlpower #sexpositive exhibiTion curated by the incredibly talented Jess De Wahls, on for this week only in Percy Street, London this week. Don’t miss it!!!
 
 

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! 😀👍🎉

Women of Silicon Roundabout conference – “If I can do it, so can you”

Sometimes I get lovely messages that just make my day. Here’s one that I received recently after I gave my “If I can do it, so can you” talk at the Women of Silicon Roundabout conference last month:

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how lovely it was to listen to you talk yesterday – I found your journey and background really very inspiring. I came away thinking about all the things I’m scared of, starting my own business on the side being the main one, something that for two years I say I don’t have time for when I know I am passionate about it and just need to do it! You made me think I can, and now, I will.”

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By telling our stories we really can help inspire each other to go on and do things which we might not otherwise. Many people have inspired me to do the things that I do, I’m so delighted to be able to inspire others.

Fabulous 1st #5050tech Doteveryone startup pitch at Google Campus London

Fab ‪#‎5050tech‬ kick off event this morning at Google Campus London. I was honoured to speak at the beginning with Baroness Martha Lane Fox and Dame Wendy Hall.

We had 12 fab pitches from 12 awesome women led startups in front of an large audience of VCs, tech industry, startups, tech academics and others.

Roll on the next Doteveryone #5050tech event in Newcastle!

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 😀

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 😮

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

 

I was well looked after by the fabulous students at Townley Grammar 😀

 

Great to catch up with friends at Oxford Geek night

  

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

  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 🙂

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.