Steve Jobs' famous quote defines innovation. But how do you know where the dots are? Maggie looks back on her experiences as a Tomorrow's World reporter for clues in the technology she showed for the very first time, from digital cameras to electrically heated paint and asks whether we're doing enough to encourage the innovators of tomorrow.
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes.
Currently providing analysis and comment on technology and a regular reporter on BBC 1’s Inside Out, she has a unique resonance with audiences, having grown up with them on much loved shows like Swap Shop and Tomorrow’s World. Many of the everyday gadgets we now take for granted were demonstrated on live television for the very first time by Maggie – the first truly mobile phone, the first car navigation system, the first fax machine, even the first supermarket barcode reader.
She is keen to help improve the visibility of successful scientists and engineers, both to encourage young people and women to pursue careers and reach top positions in these areas. “It’s vital for the science and engineering community to raise their profile and use powerful role models to help young people understand the reality of these professions.”
In November 2008, she pioneered TeenTech, collaborating with business, education and professional organisations to create a lively interactive one day event which brought 400 young teenagers, scientists and technology companies together. In 2011 TeenTech piloted a national roll-out of the event in Berkshire, Humber and Kent and has now been set up by Maggie and fellow founder Chris Dodson as a Community Interest Company. TeenTech will run 10 events across the UK for teenagers and their teachers in 2012, including a customised TeenTechCity event on 14th May at Cisco House, a special event space overlooking the Olympic Park.
Maggie sits on the panel of the New Engineering Foundation, which supports the development of Vocational Education and helps lecturers in FE get cutting edge career development in industry. She is also patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust which helps scientists, engineers and technologists return to their careers. “Getting the right support and training is key, whether you’re 16 or 60. It makes an enormous difference not only to the personal development and confidence of individuals but to the success and reputation of companies and institutions.”
Maggie provides practical advice on how businesses can harness modern technology not only to improve their profits but to develop their trust and credibility.
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