UEL’s Lizbeth Goodman wins BlackBerry Outstanding Woman in Technology award

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For immediate release… Thursday 8 May 2008

UEL’s Lizbeth Goodman wins BlackBerry Outstanding Woman in Technology award

Lizbeth Goodman, Professor of Digital Media at the University of East of London (UEL), was named Outstanding Woman in Technology at the 2008 Blackberry Women in Technology Awards, held at the Marriott Hotel in Grovesnor Square, London, on Tuesday 6 May.

Professor Goodman, founder and Director of UEL’s SMARTlab Digital Media Institute & MAGIC Gamelab and Innovation Centre, is an internationally renowned leader in the field of interactive media for social inclusion.

The author of numerous books on creativity, new media tools, representation in the arts, and the implementation of online gaming, she has led major symposia, conferences and research projects for organisations including the United Nations and the European Commission.

Professor Goodman said: “I am hugely surprised and absolutely honoured to be named the BlackBerry Outstanding Woman in Technology for 2008. It’s never just all about you as an individual; without the strong team around me and other passionate women in the industry, I wouldn’t be holding this coveted prize. It’s an award that belongs to all of us.

“There’s a real need for women in the technology industry to stand up and be counted, shout about what we believe in, not shy away from our successes, and set standards for ethically informed and socially committed inclusive technology projects and programmes.

“When we use technology to empower – to enable voices to be heard and ideas to be expressed creatively – we enrich the world in every way. The more we as women pull together to achieve this objective, the more others will be inspired to follow our lead.”

The Blackberry Women in Technology Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of women using technology, both within and beyond the IT sector. Collaborators on the awards with the Blackberry team include female leaders from government, broadcasting and major technology companies, including IBM, BT and Dell.

Taey Kim, who works alongside Professor Goodman as Interactive Design and Brand Manager at SMARTlab, was a runner-up in the ‘Best use of technology within the multimedia industry by a woman’ category for her work as Artist in Residence at UEL’s Matrix East Research Lab.

The SMARTlab Digital Media Institute at UEL is dedicated to applying professional practices in the creative arts to the development of new technology tools addressing real social needs, primarily for women, underprivileged children, youth at risk and people with disabilities.

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