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Technology Evangelist, Social Entrepreneur
An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, much of which was realised through her use of social media, capitalising upon technology as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy. Sue’s book about the campaign Saving Bletchley Park, was one of the fastest crowdfunded books in history taking less than five days to be funded.
Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.
Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.
In 2017, Sue received the Social Impact ABIE Award at The Grace Hopper Celebration in recognition of the positive impact her work is having on women, technology and society.
She was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 which was presented by HRH Prince Charles on May 20th 2016, and sits on the UK Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.
If I can do it, so can you is the inspiring and motivating story of one woman’s determination to succeed. 25 years ago Dr Sue Black was a single parent with three small children living on a council estate in Brixton. She is now one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe, received an OBE and has just been appointed to the Government Advisory body shaping digital services. Sue talks about how she brought her family out of poverty and built a successful career through education, passion and a determination to succeed.