I am a (single) Mum to two fabulous girls: Jess and Amy. After decades of commuting to various cities (and farms!) across the world, I now work and play pretty much exclusively at home in Guildford. I travel to London for meetings usually on Wednesdays, but otherwise I combine work, school runs and getting to know my teenage daughters before they move on to the next stage of their lives.
I run Rewired State and Young Rewired State as founder and CEO, with the support of an incredible team in both organisations. I call it work, but I consider YRS and RS as much a passion and child as I do my daughters. I speak at conferences around the world about young people, coding and open data.
Bio for you to copy and paste if I am speaking at your event
Emma is the founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State: Coding a better country.
She has been included in the 166th annual edition of Who’s Who, voted onto the Wired 100 list, Tech City 100, BIMA Hot 100 and has been voted one of the top ten women in technology by The Guardian. Emma writes regularly for the British Press and on her own blog, speaks on radio and on television, is well known for her campaign: ‘Year 8 is too Late’ (encouraging girls into technology subjects) and relentlessly pushing the potential of open data.
Rewired State is the largest independent developer network in the UK with over 1000 software developers and designers, bringing about digital innovation and revolution through rapid prototyping events (hack weekends). Rewired State continues to build value for clients through its unique modding process, taking hacks from prototype to product.
Young Rewired State is its philanthropic arm with the challenge to find and foster every child driven to teach themselves how to code, introduce them to open data – creating a worldwide, independent network of mentored young programmers. Both networks work together to prototype solutions to real world problems.
I am on the following things:
The Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission
The London Mayor’s Digital Advisory Board
Design Council Advisory Board for the Working Well design challenge
Mozilla learning advisory group
The writing and speaking page links to everything I have been saying in the media
All about me in The Next Women online magazine
Other useful stuff to know about me:
Coffee/Tea: white no sugar (prefer tea – builders)
Wine: Red (Rose in Summer)
Passion: Open Data: the un-mined seam of gold in the UK, Young Rewired State
CV: on linkedin
Security clearance: yes to SC level (plus immigration/security checked to Home Office standard)