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We won!! #techmums win Nominet Award 2014

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Last night was incredible! #techmums won the Best “online skills and training” Award at the Nominet Internet Awards

It was so lovely to win our award and what made the evening even more awesome was that our fellow BGV alumni WriteLaTeX won an award too. Great hosting by superstar BBC Click presenter Kate Russell as always.

#techmums Sue, Mary and Jemima picked up the award at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden and loved dressing up as James Bond 🙂

Check our our pics! Congrats to all the fab winners and thanks very much Nominet for our award and a fabulous evening.

#techmums: licensed to skill!

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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.

#techmums Thelma gets a job

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How awesome is this? One of our fabulous #techmums Thelma has got a new job because of her participation in the #techmums program. How awesome is that? :)

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Here’s the email from Thelma:

Hi again #Techmums,

I am so grateful for the course because as a direct result of our #Techmums training, I landed a new job where I have a special element attached to my Job Description of keeping an eye on the company’s Social Media site!

There are very few people who have been trained in the subjects we learnt, so it does look good to potential employers.

THANK YOU!!

Thelma

#techmums has only just started but is having great success already. Well done to all of our mums. You rock!

If you would like to sign up for #techmums you can do that on our website:

#techmums.co

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Team #techmums, left to right: Emma, Sue and Clare at Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator recently.