2017 Honorees

Dr. Sue Black OBE

The Social Impact ABIE Award recognizes a woman whose work is making a positive impact on women, technology, and society. This year’s winner, Dr. Sue Black OBE, is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. Sue is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur. She is well known for founding the high profile campaign “Saving Bletchley Park,” aimed at saving the site of World War II code-breaking, and capitalizing upon social media as a fitting continuation on Bletchley’s technological legacy.

Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This let her to found #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mothers and their families through technology. Sue is also an academic with more than 20 years’ experience, over 40 publications, and a Ph.D. in software engineering. She is an honorary professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College London, an associate at DSRPTN (an all female technology and digital consultancy), and a mentor at the Google campus for mums.

A champion for women in computing, Sue is the founder of BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech. Sue is also well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion. She is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four, and grandmother of one.

Sue was made an OBE for her services to technology in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list. That same year, she made Maserati’s list of 100 Social Entrepreneurs Who Give Back, City AM’s list of Top 100 Entrepreneurs, and was named one to the top 50 women in tech in Europe. Sue also sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.