#techmums

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! 😀👍🎉

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. 

 
    
    
    
   
  
    
    
    
 

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 🙂

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.

“If I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU”

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 Europe’s top 50 women in tech and a key voice in our digital future.

Date: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 17:30 – 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 Black’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

Digital Leaders 2015, a Doctor, a Baroness and a chat show 

 I spent most of the day yesterday at 1 Whitehall Place at the Digital Leaders 2015 conference. I interviewed Martha Lane Fox on stage for half an hour about our digital future, women in tech, quotas, doteverything, and how to catalyse a digitally savvy workforce to ensure future success for the UK in the global marketplace. 

The audience liked our interview so much that many people suggested we should have our own chat show 😀 

Let’s make it happen! Watch this space…

                               

NESTA’s Crucible Alumni event at Science Gallery Dublin + Inspirefest kick off. 

I’m just back from a fabulous 6 days in Dublin. I was there organising 2 events at the Science Gallery Dublin and speaking at Inspirefest 2015.  

 

On Tuesday I met up with some Cruciblers, I’m chair of Crucible Alumni: 400 mainly science experts with PhDs and an interest in public engagement. We went on a great science walk led by Patrick Roycroft from Ingenious Ireland. It was excellent. Very entertaining and educational.  

Tuesday evening we spent at The Liquor Rooms, catching up with each other and drinking (4 pints of Guinness!) first time I’ve done that!  

On Wednesday we ran our Crucible #healthhack looking at cutting deaths by smoking by 50% to save 3 million lives per year. We had help from some great  experts. I was shocked to learn that smoking cuts about 16 years off your life. Shocking. My best friend Hazel died from lung cancer recently, she was only 56. 

   
  

 

We had some great discussions and came up with our top solution which we are excitingly going to execute soon. More I that in another post. 

   
     

A fabulous lunch was followed by our afternoon Crucible event #fullSTEAMahead a few hours of talks from STEAM experts. 

We were privileged to have Margie McCarthy from Science Foundation Ireland along to open the afternoon.

First speakers were Sinead Kelly, Jennifer Wickham and me talking about #techmums, what it is through to what it’s like to be a #techmum.   The afternoon was a smorgasbord of delightfully interesting talks from Cruciblers and keynote speakers. 

    

The subjects were so diverse from: BlackGirlsCode to rocket science and dinosaurs. 

   
         

All talks will be on YouTube soon. It was wonderful to also have some of our fab #techmums trainers come along to the afternoon 😀

 
I had a wonderful time organising the day with Polly Dalton, Denis O’ Hora and Paul Roach. They were fabulous to work with. 

  
In the evening we went to the Inspirefest speakers kickoff event at Farmleigh, a fabulous house in a park just outside Dublin. Here’s a few pics from the evening which was opened by conference chair Ann O’ Dea and the minister.   

         

I was delighted that several friends from all over were there too including the completely awesome Cindy Gallop. 

We Cruciblers ended the day with another few pints of Guinness followed by a kebab 😀

It was a fabulous memorable day, we’ve lots of content that will be up online soon and even more ideas on how we are going to change the world. 

I’d like to thank Polly, Denis and Paul for helping to arrange the day and Paul for filming the day. They were all fabulous. Thanks to the Science Gallery, to Ingenious Ireland, The Liquor Rooms, Ann O’Dea and Silicon Republic. To all the fab Cruciblers that came along, to our experts, our speakers and our audiences. It was a day I’ll never forget. 

  

Communities 2.0, Wales, Digital Inclusion

I had a truly awesome day yesterday keynoting the Communities 2.0 conference at the Cardiff Swalec stadium. I gave my talk “If I can do it, so can you” which is all about how technology and education have changed my life, helping me to bring my family out of poverty and into prosperity. I had so much fabulous feedback and met some really lovely people. The digital inclusion people in Wales are an absolutely wonderful bunch.

IMG_7002
Communities 2.0 are just having their funding cut at a time when getting people online and tech savvy is becoming critical to lead an everyday life. It’s such a shame that all the good digital inclusion work, which has put Wales in a leading position in Europe, is now being scaled down.

IMG_6987
Being in Cardiff was also a great opportunity to meet up with my fab new friend Aimee Bateman. We met when we both gave a talk at TedxClapham recently. I expect really great things from Aimee, what a superstar 😃

IMG_6979
I don’t think I’ve ever had so many lovely tweets from one event. Incedible support. Thank you Communities 2.0 and everyone at the #c2conf for all your interest and questions.

IMG_7010

US CTO on Representation of Women in The Imitation Game

It’s so great to see the awesome US CTO Megan Smith speak about representation of women in the film “The Imitation Game” as not being representative of what actually happened at Bletchley Park during WW2.

White House CTO calls for open source APIs, visibility for women

“Smith pointed out that Joan Clarke, the code-breaker depicted in the recent film The Imitation Game, was just one of numerous female mathematicians who worked at the U.K.’s World War II lab known as Bletchley Park. Likewise, Smith observed that women’s contributions to the development of the Mac were been scrubbed from the movie Jobs, and from the space mission in Apollo.

The upshot, Smith suggested, is that a perceived dearth of women in STEM professions can be partly addressed by ensuring the proper depiction of those who are already working in them.”

Go Megan! 🙂

In November 2011 I was honoured to take Megan, along with Reid Hoffman, Julie Hanna and DJ Patil around Bletchley Park with then Bletchley Park CEO Simon Greenish. I met Megan when I approached her after she spoke on a panel at NESTA in 2010 and asked her to help Bletchley Park to buy the Turing papers which were then up for auction.

Megan Smith, Reid Hoffman, Julie Hanna and DJ Patil checking out the Turing exhibition at Bletchley Park

Megan Smith, Reid Hoffman, Julie Hanna and DJ Patil checking out the Turing exhibition at Bletchley Park

We had a wonderful day together, Google stepped in to help save the Turing papers for Bletchley Park, and went on to support Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing in many ways  🙂  #serendipity