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The Tec 66 Vacuum Technology exhibition was a huge success and we have been provided with a round up of the event (if you missed it) from Jim Christy who organised the event.

Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition Review

Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition Review

Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition. A huge audience was in attendance.

Following the inaugural Tec 66 Vacuum Technology exhibition which had 200 people attending we have spoken to exhibitors and delegates who attended on the day to find out what they thought of this first event in Hastings.

Everyone agreed that all the speakers were excellent with a lively and captivating opening speech from Graham Peters, High Sheriff of East Sussex and the Conference was expertly chaired by Lord Steve Bassam. Our headline personality speakers Maggie Philbin and Maggie Aderin-Pocock engaged the audience with Science through the last century and amazing facts about our Universe. Did you know there were 200 billion stars in our galaxy and 100 billion galaxies within the observable Universe?

Both Maggies also spent some time at Sussex Coast College with 150 pupils from local schools involved in a range of fun science activities including a highly contested robot wars competition.

Industry feedback would like to see Tec 66 as an annual event as it has certainly raised the profile of our world class Vacuum and Photonics industry based in the area


Maggie Philbin presentation to visitors of Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Exhibition.

We believe this is the first time that this type of industry event has been combined with education to demonstrate the exciting careers available in Science and Technology and we intend to strengthen this industry/education formula by holding the 2014 Tec 66 event at Sussex Coast College.

Special thanks should go to our forward thinking sponsors Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, east Sussex County Council, Sea Change Sussex, Wealden District Council HSBC and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Finally special thanks should go to Councillor John Hodges as the Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Conference was his brainchild, to showcase that we have some of the best technology businesses right on our doorstep!

We will keep you posted on news regarding a follow up event for 2014 on Business In Hastings.


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 – Tec 66 Speaker

Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology

Maggie Philbin

Maggie Philbin from BBC 1’s Bang Goes The Theory.

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.

Bang Goes The Theory

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!

Changing perceptions of Science

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.

New Engineering Foundation

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

A Business Champion for Women

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. 

Find out more and see Maggie Philbin at Tec 66

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.


East Sussex and Hastings in particular have firmly established themselves as a global centre for high technology companies and to showcase this there will be the ‘Tec 66 Vacuum Technology Conference & Exhibition’ which will give visitors the chance to see latest technology and innovations within the industry along with hearing from speakers from the industry and various workshops to attend. It is on Monday 16th September 2013 and will be held at the stunning Sussex Exchange conference centre.

The conference will be opened by technology expert Lord Bassam alongside Maggie Philbin (acclaimed presenter of Bang Goes the Theory, Inside Out and Tomorrow’s World for BBC One) and leading space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE who is currently working on the James Webb Space Telescope  which is the replacement for the groudbreaking Hubble space telescope!It will be a fascinating and informative day for anyone interested in the industry and for those who are looking to know more.

The cost for an exhibition stand is only £200+VAT. Please book at the Innovation Centre website.If you are interested in visiting the exhibition, please go to the Innovation Centre Page