EVERYDAY SUPERSTARS

Celebrating women who have a passion for technology and digital, inspiring the next generation to dream bigger.

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Dr Sue Black OBE is a technology evangelist, digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker with over 20 years experience. She has a computer science PhD, management and change management experience and is passionate about getting everyone excited about the opportunities that technology offers. She has over 20 years technology and digital skills teaching experience, along with successful social media campaigning and women and leadership expertise.

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FACTFILE

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I've got 4 kids and 2 grandchildren

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I left school at 16, went to uni at 26 when I was a single parent with 3 young kids, got a PhD at 39

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I set up the UK's 1st online network for women in tech in 1998 and ran the campaign to save Bletchley Park 2008-2011

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Run my social enterprise #techmums teaching mums tech skills
Speak internationally about technology, my life and experience and campaigns that I've run: #womenintech @bcswomen @savingbletchley
Advise and mentor others
Write books: 1. Saving Bletchley Park 2. The Pelican Guide to Coding
Sit on the Government Digital Service advisory board
Supervise a PhD student at UCL

What made you decide to do this?

I love technology!!!

How long have you been doing it?

Since 1994

Do you have a mentor or anyone who supports you?

I've got lots! My first ever mentor was Dame Professor Wendy Hall, she's been an amazing mentor for many years and we are now great friends. I can ping Wendy anytime with a question and she will come back to me really quickly with advice. She has encouraged and supported me throughout me career and I will be eternally grateful.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Anyone doing exciting things with tech, but particularly women and anyone from a disadvantaged backgound.

Because if you haven't had the easiest/best upbringing for whatever reason, life is a lot harder. I love people that despite difficult times in their lives go above and beyond to make cool things happen.

What do you wish you'd known 10 years ago? What difference would knowing that have made?

Don't worry so much! Just get on with what you want to do.

What are the best things about being a woman in an industry dominated by men?

The camaraderie between many of the women

What advice do you have for girls or women considering a tech role?

Work out what you love doing and then go for it, don't be put off by negative or disrespectful people.

What is your favourite quote?

"If you don't live your life, who the f**k will?" – Rihanna