In this episode of the Kloodle podcast, I have the pleasure of interviewing Stemettes founder Anne-Marie Imafidon. The sound you can hear in the background is people playing Table Tennis at Stemette’s headquarters. Yep, that’s what people who work in tech get to do on a daily basis.
Anne-Marie’s achievements have contributed to her family’s title of Britain’s Brainiest Family (along with her brother and sisters Christina, Samantha, Peter and Paula). She passed her maths and ICT GCSEs at age 10, and her maths A-Level at age 11.
At age 20, she became one of the youngest people to earn a masters degree from Oxford University in Computer Science. In 2013, she was named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year, and in 2014 she was awarded Red Magazine’s Woman to Watch, FDM Everywoman in Technology’s Rising Star, and also earned a Point of Light award from the British Prime Minister. 2014 was a fairly productive year!
The Stemettes provide means and inspiration to young women wanting to pursue a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). The company run panel events, hackathons and exhibitions. This summer they are also holding a startup incubator in East London for women with business ideas in tech, to help make these ideas come to fruition.
During the talk, we discuss what drove Anne-Marie to such successes at such an early age, what sparked her interest in tech, her passion for learning and her motivations for learning, and also the role the Stemettes are playing in increasing female participation in STEM subjects.
KEY LINKS from this episode: –
– Anne-Marie’s TED talk in Barcelona https://youtu.be/OWVU3rP24sI
– o2 Campus Party http://www.campus-party.eu/2013/index-cpeu.html
– Stemettes Outbox startup incubator http://outboxincubator.com/
– Stephanie Kwolek http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Kwolek
– Marie-Sophie Germain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Germain
– Anne-Marie on Twitter – http://twitter.com/aimafidon