13/04/2016: Women 6.0 | Being a Tech Role Model | A Morgan Stanley & WeAreTheCity Event

Women in technology event- Women 6 Being a tech role model

Would you like to be part of a drive to inspire more females into technology, but you’re not sure how to step forward as a role model?
As an industry, IT is crying out for more “real life” female role models at all levels, so WeAreTheCity and Morgan Stanley are partnering for a fourth consecutive year and would like to invite you to an innovative event where you can learn how to become one.

In a speed networking style event format, not-for-profit organisations, who are supporting the growth of women entering the technology industry, will share what opportunities are available to you and how you can get involved. They will provide advice and resources on how you can take action in your own communities.

In addition, hear from technology role model Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech. Maggie is a highly respected technology reporter, and TV and radio host. Best known for inspiring millions, via ‘Tomorrow’s World’, she will share her own tips and advice on the traits of a good role model.

The technology industry is full of potential role models, yet many women believe they have to be a “super woman” to deserve the title of “role model”. Whether you feel comfortable speaking at a school assembly, running an after-school club, sharing expertise via Skype or mentoring a fellow female technologist, we hope to offer something for all aspiring role models at this event.  

There will be over 10 not-for-profits present at the event including the likes of Stemettes, AppsForGood and #techmums:

  – Girls’ not-for-profit Stemettes has a mentoring programme called Student to Stemette. The programme aims to support young women of 15+ in building careers by giving them access to dedicated science, engineering, technology and maths (Stem) role models.

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AppsForGood  – Students use new technologies to design and make products. Its Fellowship Programme enables students to take their Apps for Good experience further by getting hands on experiences in business and tech from industry experts offering their time either in schools or via Skype.


  – Giving mums the chance to take part in the digital revolution. Through a series of workshops and online support its mission is to give mums the confidence, skills and understanding they need to ensure they and their children can make the most of the wealth of opportunities technology offers.

Other organizations to feature on the night will include representatives from TeenTech, BCSWomen, CompTIA, Aimar, CodeClub, Code First Girls, FutureFirst, Socitm, Founders4School, Inspiring the Future and Your Future, Your Ambition, Color in Tech, with more to follow.

Details of the event can be found below. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

  • Venue: Morgan Stanley, 25 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QA
  • Date: Wednesday 13th April 2016
  • Time: Registration from 5.30pm for 5.45pm start

Space is limited; please register and you will be advised if you have been allocated a ticket.



Please note that this event is for females working in the technology industry only


  • 5.30 pm – Registration & pre networking
  • 5.45 pm – Start and welcome from Vanessa Vallely
  • 5.48 pm – Welcome from Gerard Hester, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
  • 5.53 pm – Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech on what a role model looks like
  • 6.03 pm – Teenagers and first jobbers views on why we need role models
  • 6.09 pm – Logistics of evening
  • 6.15 pm – Rotation of not-for-profits start (10 mins at each table)
  • 7:30 pm – Closing speech and thank you
  • 7:40 pm – Networking
  • 9:00 pm – Close


Maggie Philbin

Maggie PhilbinMaggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. She is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in Science and Technology. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Technology from De Montfort University recognising her “outstanding contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and region” and for “bringing about a greater understand of and interest in science and technology” . She is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences, bringing a unique and insightful perspective on technology.

Currently reporting on Science and technology for BBC’s ‘Bang Goes The Theory‘, providing analysis and comment on technology for BBC Webwise and a regular reporter on BBC 1’s Inside Out, she has a unique resonance with audiences, having grown up with them on much loved shows like Swap Shop and Tomorrow’s World. Many of the everyday gadgets we now take for granted were demonstrated on live television for the very first time by Maggie – the first truly mobile phone, the first car navigation system, the first fax machine, even the first supermarket barcode reader.

She is keen to help improve the visibility of successful scientists and engineers, both to encourage young people and women to pursue careers and reach top positions in these areas. “In Britain we have a history of viewing scientists as remote loners, who pursue their unfathomable work in dusty laboratories. In an era where many children aspire simply to “be famous” and where winning X Factor is seen as the ultimate goal, it’s vital for the science and engineering community to raise their profile and use powerful role models to help young people understand the reality of these professions. It’s heartbreaking to think of the amount of talent and innovation going to waste, simply because children and their families haven’t the faintest idea what an engineer or technician actually does.”

In November 2008, she pioneered TeenTech, collaborating with business, education and professional organisations to create a lively interactive one day event which brought 400 young teenagers, scientists and technology companies together. “The kids had their stereotypical image of engineers completely reversed and the companies were staggered by the enthusiasm and innate talent of the teenagers.” The BBC1 Politics Show devoted half their programme to the event. The event now runs in twelve locations across the UK and has a supporting Awards scheme. In April 2010 TeenTech won Best Engineering Event in Science Week , in 2011 was the only UK organisation to receive a Google RISE Award , in 2012 received Best Communication and Outreach 2012, (WISE/UKRC) and in 2013 were given an Award by the Institute of Engineering Design for their work with young people. HRH Duke of York KG is now patron of TeenTech. The winners of the TeenTech Awards were invited to Buckingham Palace to clebrate their success.

Recently she delivered a “Mini-Reith” Lecture on this subject on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House saying “We talk endlessly about innovation but we have to do more to inspire teenagers with fresh accurate images of the contemporary workplace. The vast majority of jobs, even in the near future will be applications of science, technology, engineering and maths . But at the moment a generation sit in chains, shackled to the false hope of instant success, and a magical belief that X factor, the lottery or marrying a footballer will transform their lives”

Maggie has one daughter, Rose, named after the woman who gambled on a young student being able to handle the BBC’s first Saturday morning show.

Space is limited; please register and you will be advised if you have been allocated a ticket.


Please note that this event is for females working in the technology industry only

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