Broadcaster & CEO, TeenTech
17:30 - 19:30
Evening Networking Event with BBC Design and Engineering
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory. In 2008 she co-founded TeenTech, an award winning organisation which works across the UK helping young people, their parents and teachers understand the real opportunities in contemporary industry. She works tirelessly to increase diversity in STEM companies helping organisations understand that social and ethnic diversity are as important as gender.
Maggie was asked to lead the UK Digital Skills Task Force publishing a report ‘Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World’ in July 2014, which was cited over 40 times by the House of Lords later report on Digital Skills.In 2015/6 Maggie joined the Haringey STEM Commission producing a report in July 2016.
In June 2016 she was voted most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly and also named 2016 Digital Leader of the Year. She was awarded an OBE in the Jan 2017 New Year’s Honours List for her work to promote careers in STEM and the Creative Industries. In July 2017 she received the Tech4Good Special Award.
She is a ‘data warrior” and patron of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing. She has been awarded six honorary degrees for her work helping young people understandthat opportunities in science and technology are open to all, regardless of gender, disabilityor social background. (University of Leicester, Queen Mary College London, De Montfort University , University of Bath, University of Huddersfield andSouthampton Solent University)
She has one daughter, Rose who works for a leading technology company in San Francisco.