Book me to speak

I am available to speak at conferences on millenials/97ers, open data, democracy, women in technology and suicide in teenagers. To book me to speak at your event please email My profile on WikiStage is here.


I do charge to speak at events because I take them seriously and it takes a lot of work to produce a talk that will be of value and unique to your audience.

Pro Bono

I will speak at four events a year for free, over and above selected TED/x or the annual PDF conference.

If you want me to speak pro-bono then your event must fulfil the following criteria:

  • not charge a fee for people to attend,
  • must be addressing a challenging subject where my input will add real value,
  • must be for the greater good and
  • have policies in place to protect the attendees or speakers from being waylaid by people looking for products or services to be provided for free.

Recent speaking and media engagements

On stage in New York speaking about digital democracy at the Personal Democracy Forum #PDF15 conference (plus soun d catastrophe!)

Talking about Digital Democracy Report on BBC Click

Panel for BBC in the Radio Theatre on Digital Democracy

TEDx Brum 2014

Wikimania 2014

TV, radio and speaking

I am happy doing:

  • conference speaking: keynote, featured or panel
  • radio, live or recorded (have done quite a few stints now on Radio 4)
  • interviews about young programmers and coding
  • TV, live or recorded

Bio for you to copy and paste if I am speaking at your event

Emma founded Rewired State and Young Rewired State, is a Commissioner for the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy and a Google Fellow. Currently working as a Chief of Staff in a technology company.

She has been recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list for services to technology and education, is included in the annual edition of Who’s Who and voted:

  • onto the Wired 100 list,
  • Tech City 100,
  • BIMA Hot 100,
  • one of the UK’s top 100 most compassionate business leaders (Salt Magazine),
  • one of the top ten women in technology by The Guardian,
  • top five influential women in IT by Information Week,
  • into the top ten Tech Heroes for Good by NESTA,
  • as one of the 25 most influential women in IT by Computer Weekly and
  • one of 2014’s 50 most incredible women in STEM.

Emma writes regularly for the British Press and on her own blog, speaks on radio and on television, is best known for her campaign: ‘Year 8 is too Late’ (encouraging girls into technology subjects) and insights into the social digital generation: the 97ers.

Me in recent media bilges:

Open data: bridging the digital skills gap

Top five influential women in tech

A write up in the Guardian of the panel session at the BBC where I speak about the digital divide and democracy

2014’s 50 most incredible women in STEM

Writing for the Welsh Government ahead of their Digital conference at which I am a keynote

Interview with Tet Kofi on Colourful Radio about how parents can support their coding kids

First interview of 2014

Myself and my kitten mentioned by Lord Jim Knight in the House of Lords in the world wide web debate (very proud of this one

BBC Outriders NYE 2014 interview

Featured in The Guardian as one of ten top women in tech

Live on The Daily Politics Show (BBC2) talking about young people and programming

BBC Radio 5 Outriders

The Times

BBC breakfast

BBC Midlands Today (around 15:45)

Video of me talking at Digital 2013 in Wales – I start 10 minutes in and it lasts for about 1/2 hour – on technology and young people

An article in Wales online

Early Technology education will drive the Digital Economy, me in the Business Daily

Writing in The Telegraph in response to the RPi news and EBacc announcements

BBC tech summit (part 2) I join the panel

Talking 2012 tech retrospective at the BBC Tech Summit  (part 1)

Writing in The Telegraph about mathematics and programming

All about Parliament Hack weekend and what a hack day actually means in The Independent

Being interviewed about Young Rewired State by TechCity Insider

Writing in The Telegraph Why shouldn’t adults learn to code too?

Being interviewed at Wired2012 as a Wired 100 person about coding kids

Writing on the BBC about why teaching kids how to code is not enough

BBC World Service interview at and about Young Rewired State 2012

On another Guardian tech podcast about Young Rewired State 2012

Me and Usain Bolt on the SAME PAGE!

Brief chat with Evan Davies on Radio 4 Today programme about expectations of openness (data) and reclaiming the word ‘Hack’ 1hr and 19 minutes in…

All about me in The Next Women online magazine

Radio 4 Raspberry Pi and kids and coding

Tech Weekly podcast: Tech city Skills and Education

Dubious pleasure of being voted a runner-up most influential voice in tech on Twitter (runner up to Dr Sue Black though is a bit amazing!)

Me showing the world how to code

Rory Cellan-Jones of the BBC is lovely about me in his article about computer science

Don’t just scrap ICT

Writing in The Kernel – sudden improvement in prose entirely down to the magical editorial pen of the fabulous Milo Yiannopoulos: A young person’s code

Writing in The Observer about girls and coding

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