I was delighted to finally meet the “other Sue Black” a few months ago at Dundee University ❤️ we’ve known each other for years online but never met in person until Sue invited me up to Dundee as a digital expert.
We are often mistaken for each other, I’m a computer scientist and Sue is a forensic scientist, and congratulated for each other’s work 🤣
It was so wonderful to meet, I’m really looking forward to next time.
I’m always being asked for advice on how to approach particular situations at work/university/college particularly by women and particularly in the tech sector. I want to help as many people as possible so I thought “Why not set up an online group where I can help more people get to where they want to go more quickly?”
So that’s what I’m going to do!
#comingsoon I’m starting a #womenintech Mastermind featuring an online discussion group, webinars, advice sessions, one to one mentoring and a lot more. Add your email here if you are interested:
On my last full day in San Francisco I had to visit the Exploratorium. I met up with Ellen Spertus from Google who wanted to talk to me about Blockly, a great project, I’m really glad that we managed to hook up.
I was first in touch with Ellen several years ago when I asked her if she would be our keynote speaker for an event we held at London South Bank University on women and Software Engineering/Formal Methods for the SEFM conference 2006. Unfortunately she couldn’t come, which was our loss.
I finally met Ellen at the ACM Turing 100 conference last year in San Francisco, and it was great to catch up with her again on this trip.
After a great chat we explored the Exploratorium together. There are so many great hands on exhibits there. What a wonderful place. I need to come back with The Cheekster, she will absolutely love it 😃
After Ellen left I had lunch and a chat with a great woman who told me about her career spanning more than 50 years. She was taking photos of the catamarans sailing across the bay, she had won prizes for sailing back in the day. She wouldn’t say how long ago but she did say that she was over 70. She had also been a programmer back in the 1950s, she said she had hit her head on the glass ceiling so many times it made her dizzy. Just think how many women have had the same experience, far too many.
Tomorrow I’m flying back to London on the #BAInnovate #Ungrounded flight. A hackathon in the sky focused on making a step change on the situation for women in STEM. We owe it to ourselves, our children and all the women that have been made dizzy by the glass ceiling to make sure we come up with a good solution.
Our challenge is all around the issue of the lack of women in STEM, something I’ve been interested in and campaigned around for the last 20 years. I’m so excited to be part of it. Apart from anything else I get to meet Kimberley Bryant who set up Black Girls Code, an awesome organisation, she has been a great role model for me.
It is so wonderful to finally see that trying to do something about the lack of women in STEM become a problem that everyone cares about rather than “creating a ghetto for women” which is what I was told when I set up BCSWomen, an all female network for women in tech in 2001.
Our latest project at my startup The Foundation is called #techmums and is all about helping women to empower themselves through technology. I think that role models and confidence building are absolutely crucial in this space and the main issues to tackle. If we help women to become more confident they can take control and own their lives.
With initiatives like this #BAInnovate #Ungrounded flight, getting really smart, passionate and innovative people together focused on this problem I can really see my dreams starting to become reality. Technology is creating a better future for all of us. Hallelujah! 🙂