OBE honoree Dr Sue Black returns to Inspirefest to talk Saving Bletchley Park

20 May 2016

Dr Sue Black speaking at Inspirefest 2015. Photo via Conor McCabe Photography

As she receives her OBE at Buckingham Palace, Inspirefest announces that Dr Sue Black will be returning to speak this year at Europe’s leading sci-tech festival in Dublin.

It is already creating quite a buzz on social media. Today’s the day that Dr Sue Black is officially honored with an OBE for her services to technology. We’re also proud to announce that she will be returning to the Inspirefest stage to share more of her incredible journey.

Black was a huge hit at Inspirefest 2015, where she spoke to attendees about her journey from single mum to highly-influential tech leader and founder of Techmums. This year, she returns to share the story of Saving Bletchley Park through the power of social media and community.

Named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe in 2015, Black is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker and passionate social entrepreneur. She has regular tech columns in both The Guardian and The Daily Mirror, the latter being a tech agony aunt column called ‘Ask Dr Black’.

At Inspirefest 2016, Black will detail how she campaigned from 2008 to 2011 to save Bletchley Park, and was instrumental in the campaign to secure the Turing papers for the UK, all of which became the subject of her highly-regarded new bestselling book Saving Bletchley Park.

It is for this campaign and her services to technology that Black was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of the New Year’s Honours list.

Black is an honorary professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London and a mentor at Google Campus for Mums. A champion for women in computing, she is a founder of BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and Techmums, a social enterprise empowering mums and their families through technology.

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Join us again from 30 June to 2 July 2016 for fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity. Book your tickets now.

Ann O’Dea is the CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic and the founder of Future Human