Sending the elevator back down
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Last week, a dinner in the House of Lords was hosted by Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones in support of the activities of The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) and Cyber Security Challenge UK to encourage more females into the cyber industry.
Opinion formers in the technology industry mingled with TNMOC and Challenge representatives and heard a keynote speech from Baroness Joanna Shields who spoke of her own inspirational introduction to the IT industry and her experiences in a sector largely dominated by men.
Echoing a quote by actor Kevin Spacey, Baroness Shields OBE urged those – and especially women -- who had done well in the industry to “send the elevator back down” and give others a helpful lift. She highlighted the special skills, creativity and experiences that women can contribute to the cyber sector and urged employers to access these talents.
Tim Reynolds, Chairman of TNMOC, outlined the range of TNMOC’s initiatives to encourage female students into computer science, the Museum’s Learning Programme and the role of its volunteers in building an inspiring and magical museum telling the story of the incredible ongoing development of our digital world.
TNMOC’s next collaboration with Challenge is to host a Cyber Security Challenge Createathon on 12 December 2015. The informal and highly enjoyable event, a follow-up to a very successful pilot also held at TNMOC, will enable create-authors and sponsors to view the newly launched Cyphinx immersive platform and even give participants the opportunity to add their own original games to the platform. Full details at www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk
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About Cyber Security Challenge UK
With the backing of founding sponsors like the SANS Institute, the Challenge started out in 2010 to create a series of virtual and face-to-face competitions that would identify talented people for the cyber security industry. Now entering its 6th year the Challenge is backed by over 50 of the UK’s most prestigious public, private and academic organisations, and hosts a wide programme of activities designed to spread the word about why cyber security is such a fulfilling and varied career and help talented people get their first cyber security jobs. Working from school level right through to helping career changers making the transition across, the Challenge is making a notable difference to the career prospects of those with the talents and aptitude to become cyber security professionals.
About The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing, located on Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the world's largest collection of functional historic computers, including the rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, and the WITCH, the world's oldest working digital computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.
The Museum runs a highly successful Learning Programme for schools and colleges and promotes introductions to computer coding amongst young people, especially females, to inspire the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.
A pledge by an individual benefactor of £1 million if matched funding is found means that every pound or dollar donated to the Museum will count double. Funders of the Museum have included Bletchley Park Capital Partners, Bloomberg, CreateOnline, Ceravision, Ensoft, Fujitsu, InsightSoftware.com, Ocado Technology, FUZE, 4Links, Google UK, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, and BCS.
The whole Museum is currently open to the public from 12 noon on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, spring and summer Bank Holidays and during school holidays. The Colossus and Tunny galleries are open daily. Public and private Guided Tours are available and bookable online – see the website or the iPhone app for details. Educational and corporate group visits are available by prior arrangement.
For more information about TNMOC and trustees, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+. A TNMOC iPhone App is also now available from the iPhone App Store.
Stephen Fleming, Palam Communications