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April 2014

#techmums graduation

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Our newest group of #techmums graduated recently. They are such a wonderful group of mums and we have really enjoyed teaching them 🙂

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All our #techmums learn app design, web design, social media and much more on our program. Giving them skills that they can use in their everyday lives and knowledge of how tech is changing our world.

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Congratulations to all of our graduating #techmums, we are so proud of you.

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#techmums featured in Bishop Challoner newsletter

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We are delighted that #techmums hasbeen featured in the Bishop Challoner girls’ school newsletter.

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Comment from #techmum AnneMarie Shields about our program

“It has refreshed some of my skills, and taught me new things”

We love our #techmums, they rock!

Thank you to Bishop Challoner girls’ school for all their fabulous support.

From Tower Hamlets to the House of Lords…

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Today was a busy #techmums day, and a day of contradictions. Mary and I ran our week 5 #techmums class with Bishop Challoner school mums in Tower Hamlets in the morning. We were happy to see our fab mums, but sad because it was the last class for this wonderful group. I’m going to miss seeing them every week.

#techmums graduation

#techmums graduation

After graduation with certificates and “I’m a #techmum” tshirts Mary and I went off to talk to a primary school down the road about running #techmums there. They were keen 🙂

Then it was back into London and a walk from Waterloo to the House of Lords where I had a really great chat with our fab patron Baroness Martha Lane Fox about #techmums, women in tech and Bletchley Park.

Such a massive contrast from morning to afternoon. The morning spent with mums in Tower Hamlets where the average life expectancy for a woman is the lowest in the UK at just 54. The afternoon spent at the House of Lords in Westminster an area where I’m sure the life expectancy is much higher.

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Very different, but with a common thread, women, tech and empowerment.

Technology, and social media in particular is bringing about a revolution for women. The amount of empowerment that I see being talked about and happening around me is very life affirming. From Beyonce’s wonderful songs, to Everywoman and Stemette’s to EverydaySexism, #techmums, Big Swinging Ovaries and Ada’s list, women are being empowered all around us. I can feel the buzz, can you?

We still have a very long way to go, but we are on the way. Women are connecting together to help each other, the ripples are quite small at the moment, but they will grow bigger and bigger until, in the not too distant future we will see some massive changes occurring.

I’m so excited about how technology is changing our world, and this is just the beginning…..

The revolution will not be televised….but it will be brought to you by #techmums

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Techmums T3

Guest blog post from Jemima Gibbons, Social Media Strategist.

I just got back from two amazing days at Google Campus – training to be a #Techmums trainer.

In case you haven’t heard or read about it yet, #Techmums is a new initiative from Dr Sue Black (the mum of 4, computer scientist and self-proclaimed “cheeky geek” whose become a bit of a household name after campaigning to save Bletchley Park a couple of years ago).

Sue wanted to do something to help change the image of computer science in the UK, and she decided to start with mums – because they’re key to children’s safe and savvy use of technology, but all too often know little about computing.

After running a successful pilot in Tower Hamlets last summer, Sue and her team raised enough funding to roll out the #Techmums programme to other schools in the South East.

To deliver the programme – which consists of five x two hour modules taught over five weeks – at schools around Greater London and beyond, Techmums has recruited a new team of trainers: this week’s training course was the first opportunity for us all to get together.

It was great to spend time with a group of women (and one man) all passionate about technology but bringing different skills to the table: our group included a university lecturer, librarian, IT teacher, web designer, social media consultant, digital marketer, analytics expert, soft skills trainer and even a fine artist.

There was very little ‘chalk and talk’ (or power up and point?) during the two days – instead, most of our time was spent going through the module content in small teams, then getting back together, sharing ideas and brainstorming ways to make the programme even better.

The five modules (covering everything from setting up an email address through social media to coding your own phone app) are essentially practical and designed to build confidence. Sue wants mums to feel empowered – to finish the course with a sense of  “Yes – I can do it!” as much as gain new technical skills.

The strong, unifying thread throughout our training was the importance of the #techmums ethos – it’s all about positivity and enablement. That means cutting back on jargon and encouraging even the smallest step forward.

I’m excited about getting out into schools and connecting with the people who sign up for #techmums. I’m really looking forward to hearing their stories and spreading the word about what a fabulous life-changer technology can be.