BCS Youngest Scientist ever to win MBE
Anne-Marie Imafidon, named Young IT Professional of the Year 2013, at the UK IT Industry Awards, run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has recently received her MBE from the Queen.
Anne-Marie, regularly voted as one of the most influential women in IT in the UK, is, aged 27, the youngest scientist ever to be awarded an MBE.
Ann-Marie is CEO and co-founder of Stemettes - an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science and Technology.
Anne-Marie recently said: “I am absolutely ecstatic beyond words to be honoured in this way. Winning the UKIT Award four years ago it provided me with great opportunities to progress in the IT industry. IT is truly at the heart of much of our society today I love being a woman in tech. Most of all, I love working in technology. I loved the feeling I got as a 4-year-old when I saved my version of little Red Riding Hood on my dad’s computer. I especially introducing girls to technology, seeing expressions on their faces as they create their first app or publish their first game.”
Anne-Marie was part of the BCS Women in IT campaign in 2014, a month-long campaign to encourage women of all ages, from young students to women returners, to consider a career in IT and join the professionals. 30 influential women in IT volunteered to act as role models and, through blogs and video interviews, shared their stories and thoughts about the profession.
She has led the Stemettes team since she founded the organisation back in February 2013 - to inspire and build up the pipeline of young women going into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers, after discovering the falling numbers going into her industry.
Sarah Burnett, Chair of BCSWomen, says: “I am delighted that Anne-Marie has been recognised for her contribution to the IT industry. Anne-Marie has worked tirelessly in showing young women what an amazing career IT offers. Role models are very important for showing girls and women what they can achieve in this profession; IT is at the heart of almost every aspect of our society and we need women to be part of the creation of the next generation of IT.”
Latest News from
Inspiring Tomorrow's World - Winners announced at the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards12/02/2018 13:20:00
Recently (09 January 2018), the winners of the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards were announced.
BCS welcomes the ‘Lessons learned review of the WannaCry Ransomware Cyber attack’06/02/2018 10:20:00
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has welcomed publication of the ‘Lessons learned review of the WannaCry Ransomware Cyber Attack’, which contains a number of recommendations aimed at strengthening the resilience and preparedness of the health and social care system against future cyber-attacks.
BCS part of £40m skills gap initiative announced by Prime Minister29/01/2018 13:20:00
BCS is delighted to be part of the consortium behind the Institute of Coding, which was announced by the Prime Minister in Davos recently.
BCS throws support behind 'This is Engineering' campaign25/01/2018 08:20:00
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is delighted to be supporting The Royal Academy of Engineering’s ‘This is Engineering’ campaign which launched yesterday (24 January). This national campaign aims to bring engineering to life for young people, and show them how they can pursue a career that is rewarding, varied, well-paid and in-demand.
BCS supports Year of Engineering17/01/2018 12:10:00
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is teaming up with government and hundreds of industry partners to launch the Year of Engineering - a national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.