The British Interactive Media Association (Bima) has added some heavyweights to its Hall of Fame; serial entrepreneur Saul Klein and computer scientist Dr Sue Black.
The pair are acknowledged as major players in the UK digital industry with the induction, now sitting alongside the likes of Jamal Edwards MBE, Stephen Fry, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Dame Martha Lane Fox.
Klein got an education in digital from a career spanning The Telegraph, Ogilvy & Mather and Microsoft, he later served on the board of Skype and co-founded Lovefilm before starting a startup incubator LocalGlobe. He also advises the government regularly.
Doctor Sue Black on the otherhand left school and home at the age of sixteen. As a single parent at the age of 25, she took a maths course at night school before pursuing a computing degree. 20 years later she is a highly decorated academic in the space with more 40 academic publications and a PhD in software engineering. She works to further women in tech through her networks BCSWomen, and later, Techmums.
Holly Hall, managing director at Bima, said: “The Bima Hall of Fame represents the pinnacle of digital achievement in the UK. We’re delighted to welcome Sue and Saul who between them have spent more than 40 years shaping Britain’s digital landscape.
“We’re also pleased to share the Bima 100 of 2018. At a time when digital talent has never been more in demand - across a wide range of sectors - it’s vital that we showcase the great work being done, and acknowledge the people behind it, to encourage and inspire future generations to take digital even further.”
The Drum will publish in depth interviews with both Hall of Fame inductees in the coming week, digging into their achievements and gauging the UK’s digital scene from two very different perspectives.