About

Named one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe in 2015 Dr Sue Black is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker and passionate social entrepreneur. She has regular tech columns in both The Guardian and The Daily Mirror, the latter being a tech agony aunt column called “Ask Dr Black“.

Sue is an entertaining, engaging and inspiring speaker, to book and for more details go to her speaker page


Sue is a phenomenon: she brings to life social media and IT – Lucian J. Hudson, Director of Communications, The Open University


Screenshot 2015-05-06 11.02.42Sue is a Senior Research Associate 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 Google campus for mums. A champion for women in computing, Sue is founder of BCSWomen the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise which empower mums and their families through technology.


One of the most inspiring people I’ve met in a long time – Lynette Webb, Senior Manager, External Relations at Google


Sue is well known for her successful online and offline campaigning and activism around digital social inclusion and Saving Bletchley Park. Sue is a frequent public speaker, a social media-holic, mum of four and grandmother of one.


Sue tells her compelling life story with great enthusiasm and humour. She is a safe pair of hands for hosting and chairing events, facilitating workshops and round tables, she loves getting the best out of people in an engaging, warm and friendly style.

Sue speaks regularly at all types of events all over the world from the United Nations to Shoreditch. To  book Sue to speak at your event please get in touch via the contact page.

With 20+ years experience in academia Sue is also an accomplished academic manager and research centre director with more than 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering.

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Alongside her academic career Sue has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. After the runaway success of the London BCSWomen network that she set up in 1998 she set up BCSWomen in 2001. After her first trip to Bletchley Park representing BCSWomen in 2003 Sue got funding for the Women of Station X project highlighting the women’s contribution there during WW2.

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BCSWomen is still going strong, chaired by the wonderful Gillian Arnold and has just produced a great campaign and book Women in IT: inspiring the next generation.

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