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Me with Sue (left)

Collaborative, fun and deceptively simple – that’s the power of #techmums

I’ve had a nice time over the past few weeks delivering not one but two #techmums programmes. The #techmums course is made up of five modules: Google Apps (Gmail, Google Drive and Google Docs), app design, web design, social media and coding (Python). The ethos and approach is simple: have a go, enjoy yourself, don’t worry if you don’t know everything (none of us do).

I first met #techmums founder Dr Sue Black (above left) ten years ago at a Google Women in Tech event – we got chatting and became friends. Since then, Sue has saved Bletchley Park, written a bestselling book and become an OBE. But she still remains the same warm, funny, down-to-earth person – now committed to doing whatever she can to share her success with others and open up technology to everyone – especially women who may lack confidence because they’ve taken time out of work to raise children.
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Orla Kiely x Uniqlo (via @wishwishwish)

Influencer marketing – or good old fashioned PR?

In the olden days, or at least as long ago as 2005, the formula was simple: send out a press release to journalists and follow up with a phone call. Play it right and you’d see your client’s name in print. Timing and context were essential, plus the strength of your story, and the depth of your relationship with the journalist.

What’s changed? Very little actually. A good story presented to the right person at the right time will still be passed on, but the mechanism of presentation is completely different.

We no longer deal in press releases, but in the essence of an idea. And the “right” person is no longer necessarily a journalist, he or she is just as likely to be a blogger, a vlogger, a Viner or a Pinner. Or something else entirely. Or a mixture of things.
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Silent disco – last Wednesday of every month at the Science Museum

Saw these people gyrating to silent disco when I was at the Science Museum for Google’s second Luvvies & Boffins night (an effort to get creatives and techies together as part of chairman Eric Schmidt’s vision to drive innovation).

On the way out, I was amused to pass a long queue of trendy types, standing patiently in line. Turned out they were waiting to join the late night Silent Disco.

How very groovy – and possibly more fun to watch than to take part in! Could have sworn I glimpsed the odd luvviebof or two throwing shapes in the crowd.

 

Our team gets ready to build the EZPZ browser. Suddenly it all feels very #BBCApprentice

The RSA Digital Engagement working group (#RSAde) teamed up with Lancaster University Business School to pitch an idea to the Interactivism hackathon, taking place in London this weekend. We were truly chuffed when our EZPZ browser concept got picked. Now we just need to build the darn thing!

The photo shows Daniel Cater, Roxanne Persaud and Isabel Dias. Roxanne is an old-hand at RSAde stuff. Daniel and Isabel…? No idea where they came from – but they’re fab!

Unfortunately, I could only be there for this morning but the energy was great. Around 100 people buzzing round the basement of the LBi building in Brick Lane. A wonderful mix of Google developers, Futuregov/ Simpl people (who organised the event), Gransnet (providing insight into accessibility issues) and all sorts of students, consultants and enthusiasts in between. 

By the time I left, our self-selecting team had ten great people: really looking forward to following the #interactivism tag on Twitter and finding what great stuff develops – best of luck, EZPeople!!