SMARTlab is aiming for a summer unveiling of the new SMARTgym sponsored by Blackberry/Rim.

At Blackberry’s Women in Technology awards ceremony earlier in May, Professor Lizbeth Goodman, Director of the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, was presented with awards for the Best Woman In Technology (Public Sector And Academia) and for Outstanding Woman In Technology.

Professor Goodman said: “Rather than using the award to purchase goods and services for our core team, we have permission instead to use our awards to set up this unique gym/wellness training facility with biosensor and big screen playback, as part of our ongoing research into physical fitness, disability empowerment and community wellbeing.”

“We will make the space available to SMARTlab and Blackberry researchers and, in discreet time slots, also to communities of vulnerable women and people with disabilities who could benefit from the facilities and the company and community of supportive researchers as well.”

The award and the gym are linked to SMARTlab’s SMARTclubs, SafetyNET, MAGICbox, InterFACES and TRUST Projects. Further links are also being developed locally with Professor Adrian Renton as part of the Well London Project, and with international partners wishing to build SMARTgyms in other countries to add to the network.

This week, Professor Goodman received an award of appreciation for Creative Technology Excellence and Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship at the Microsoft CSR event, held at the Women’s College of Dubai, where plans are underway to set up a second SMARTgym as part of the wider Microsoft collaboration underway.

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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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07.05.08; IT Pro; BlackBerry awards honour female tech achievement
RIM champions and showcases the success of females in the sector with its Women & Technology Awards.

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The issue of why technology doesn’t appeal to women and why, indeed, it should, was once again propelled into the spotlight as the crème de la crème of the IT industry gathered in London for the BlackBerry Women & Technology Awards 2008.

Far from being a suffragette-like movement, the awards, which were hosted at the Marriot Grovesnor Square hotel, aimed to showcase female tech achievement to try and stem the flow of women either leaving the industry or failing to even put their feet on the IT career ladder.

The awards were launched last November at an event showcasing the photographic work of singer Bryan Adams and his Modern Muses collection of female role models. They were split into seven categories highlighting the achievements of both companies and individuals across different sectors.

In addition to the categories, an overall prize was also awarded to the female deemed most outstanding. In this year’s case, that accolade went to Professor Lizbeth Goodman of the University of East London’s digital media institute SMARTlab.

“There’s a real need for women in the technology industry to stand up and be counted, shout about what we believe in and to set standards for ethically informed and socially committed inclusive technology projects and programmes that can help real women and people with real needs of all kinds to reach their fullest potential,” she said. “When we use technology to empower and to enable voices to be heard and ideas to be expressed creatively, we are enriching the world we live in. The more we as women pull together and do this, the more others will be inspired to do the same. The industry will be the greatest beneficiary with the freshest and brightest female talent coming on board.”

Referencing the institute which unites the artistic, academic medical and technological world and blends teams with society professionals and policy makers to employ and work with women from a multitude of backgrounds and abilities, Goodman added: “It’s never just all about you as an individual. I am hugely surprised and absolutely honoured to be named the BlackBerry Outstanding Woman in Technology for 2008, but without the strong team around me and other women in the industry looking to make a big difference I wouldn’t be holding the coveted prize. This is for all of us.”

Last November, at the awards launch event, Charmaine Eggberry, vice president and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at Research In Motion (RIM), said that the main aim of the awards was to “support and celebrate women who have demonstrated passion and dedication in their lives and work through the innovative use of technology.” This year, she added that all of the winners would serve as a sterling example that will help to encourage more women into an industry that is still largely male dominated and unbalanced.

“Once again I am astounded by the high level of talent we have witnessed in this year’s entrants,” she said. “Each year our winners go on to become fantastic role models and champions of our industry. As role models they serve the invaluable purpose of highlighting the exciting opportunities and challenges our sector can offer.”

BlackBerry Women & Technology Awards 2008 – The winning line up

BlackBerry outstanding woman in technology
Professor Lizbeth Goodman – SMARTlab Digital Media Institute

Best use of technology by a woman within the corporate sector
Jayne Opperman – Lloyds TSB

Best use of technology by under 30 year old woman
Lisa Ditlefsen – Base One

Best woman in technology (Public sector and academia)
Professor Lizbeth Goodman – SMARTlab, UEL

Best use of technology within the multimedia industry by a woman
Beatriz Alonso Martinez – Avid Technology Europe Ltd

Best company advancing women in technology
BT Group

Best use of technology by a woman in small to medium business
Polly Gowers – Everyclick.com

Best female mentor
Kate Bishop – Dell

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