In preparation for the upcoming Tec 66 event at the Sussex Exchange on the 16th September. Business In Hastings is featuring the guest speakers at the event. Today’s feature is on Maggie Phibin who you may have recently seen on the BBC 1’s Bang Goes The Theory and is a champion on getting young people captivated in science and engineering.
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology
programmes. In March 2013 she joined BBC Big Bang Theory as a presenter and in July 2012 she was also awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Technology from DMU, for her services to the world of Science and Technology.
In November 2012 at the WISE Women of Achievement Awards, Princess Anne presented her with the award for best outreach work for TeenTech, the CIC company founded by Maggie, to help young people learn more about science.
Maggie Philbin is presenting Big Bang Theory for BBC 1 which she joined in March 2013, providing analysis and comment on technology for the BBC 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 bar-code reader.
The BBC chose Maggie to be the face of their Digital Switch over campaign; a massive undertaking to ensure the country was ready for the change from analogue TV to digital and throughout 2011 and 2012. Maggie Philbin has completed countless events up and down the country encouraging people to help neighbours and family members get prepared. She was thrilled to join Big Bang in 2013 as it brought together many of her passions, making science available for all in their everyday life and encouraging people to understand what the latest implications are behind the science stories in the news today.
Additionally, Maggie’s extensive radio and television career has also included working with ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. She has covered stories all over the world, from earthquake prediction systems in Iceland, to wave power technology in Norway, to possibly the most dangerous system for rescuing people from ski cable cars in Switzerland!
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. Says Maggie;
“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.”
Maggie devised and launched TeenTech, in 2008 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 ofthe teenagers.” The BBC1 Politics Show devoted half their programme to the event. In April 2010 TeenTech won Best Engineering Event in Science Week and in 2011 TeenTech began to be rolled out across the country with over 10 events taking place in 2012 nationwide. Ten
events are planned for 2013.
Maggie sits on the panel of the New Engineering Foundation, which supports the development of Vocational Education and helps lecturers in FE get cutting edge career development in industry. She is a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society and also patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust which helps scientists, engineers and technologists return to their careers. “Getting the right support and training is key; whether you’re 16 or 60. It makes an enormous difference not only to the personal development and confidence of individuals but to the success and reputation of companies and
Maggie is a popular keynote speaker for businesswomen. “We need more female entrepreneurs and more women on the boards of companies. I’m not just banging the feminist drum, it makes very sound economic sense. Companies waste a lot of talent by neglecting to nurture their female staff.”
Maggie also provides practical advice on how businesses can harness modern technology not only to improve their profits but to develop their trust and credibility and she has become one of the most requested keynote conference speakers in the country, with her passion for STEM subjects and knowledge of what can lift any conference from the pedestrian to the energetic and interactive.
You can find out more about Maggie Philbin and the work she does at www.maggiephilbin.com and www.teentechevent.com. If you are interested in seeing Maggie Philbin speak at Tec 66 then you can sign up for the event here. Places are limited for the event so be quick. Maggie will be speaking from 9.30am until 10.15 at the Sussex Exchange on the 16th September 2013.