Speaking at Bett 2015: Maggie Philbin

Most people know Maggie from her work on the much loved Tomorrow’s World but she has stayed on the pulse of science and technology ever since

She’s now presenting Bang Goes The Theory and in the last five years she’s reported for BBC Breakfast, Inside Out, BBC Webwise, This Morning, Tomorrow’s World as well as heading up the BBC’s Digital Switchover and writing for The Guardian.

In 2008 she created TeenTech, an interactive science and engineering event for teenagers which was awarded Best Engineering Event by the British Science Association in 2010. TeenTech now run large scale events in twelve regions of the UK including N.Ireland and Wales.

In 2012 with the encouragement of Buckingham Palace she set up the TeenTech Awards which encourage teenagers to work with industry and academia on projects to make life ‘better, simpler and easier’ in categories identified as key industries of the future. The inaugural Awards in June 2013 were an overwhelming success and will now run annually.

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At the WISE Awards in 2012 she won the Communication and Outreach category of Women of Outstanding Achievement for her work with TeenTech. In the same year she received an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from De Montfort University for “bringing a greater understanding of science and technology to the public”. In 2013 she was given the Promotion of Design Award by the Institution of Engineering Designers for her work as a broadcaster and with TeenTech.

At 11 am on 24 January, Maggie will be taking to the Bett Arena stage to present her session, “Understanding the 5 key areas for successful ‘digital’ schools”. She will be joined by the Young Digital Taskforce. Maggie will also be joining an expert panel to discuss the historical contributions of women in STEM industries in a seminar called ‘Girl Geeks’- Inspiring girls to pursue STEM Subjects. This will take place in the Futures area at 1:55 pm on 24 January.

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