Maggie Philbin

CEO at TeenTech


Most people will know Maggie from her work on the much loved Tomorrow’s World and she has stayed on the pulse of science and technology ever since. Most recently a reporter on BBC 1’s Bang Goes The Theory, over the past five years she has also reported for BBC Breakfast, BBC Webwise, as we’ll as heading up the BBC’s Digital Switchover. In 2008 she created an interactive science and engineering initiative TeenTech, which now runs across the UK, with a supporting Award scheme. The initiative has won several national and international awards and reaches over 5000 teenagers directly every year. TeenTech are one of the partners for the BBC’s 2015 Make It Digital and micro:bit initiatives.

At the WISE Awards in 2012 she won the Communication and Outreach category of Women of Outstanding Achievement. In the same year she received an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from De Montfort University for “bringing a greater understanding of science and technology to the public. In 2013 she was included on the Tech City Insider list of 100 people who are making digital London tick. In 2013 she was recognised by the Institute of Engineering Design for her work with TeenTech in promoting engineering design and the Institute invited her to become President, an office she took up in July 2014. In 2014 she was asked to lead an independent taskforce to produce a report on digital skills to be shared with all political parties to inform their policies. The first report ‘Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World ‘ was published in July 2014 and has met with considerable support across the sector. She now sits on the STEM Commission for Haringey and leads the Young STEM TaskForce. In 2015 Maggie was voted the 4th most influential woman in IT by Computer Weekly magazine moving up from 5th place in 2014.