TalkTalk’s search for the nation’s Digital Heroes has discovered three deserving local candidates, who will now go head to head to win a £5,000 technology grant to help further their cause. And from today people in London are being urged to vote for their favourite Digital Hero at The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in conjunction with Citizens Online, is the only awards of its kind to celebrate outstanding people who are using digital technology to benefit their local communities.

This is the 6th annual Digital Hero Awards and 62 organisations across Britain have been helped, following their success in the awards, with funding and support with TalkTalk’s charities partners Citizens Online and Go ON UK.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is giving his support to Carrie Anne Philbin, a local Rainham resident and ICT teacher at Robert Clack who has been nominated for a Digital Heroes Award for the second year running. The nomination is for her ever expanding project designed to inspire working class girls into IT, technology, science and engineering subject areas ( Carrie is one of three finalists selected from the London region.

Carrie needs all the votes she can get to further her project, the ‘Geek Gurl Diaries’. It would be great to see the £5,000 technology grant go to a local project and help benefit our local community.

To vote for Carrie Anne Philbin follow this link:

Jon said: “A successful online presence is a vital asset for any project and it is encouraging to see a locally based initiative gaining national recognition. I will be voting for Carrie and urge local residents to do the same. It would be great to see the £5,000 technology grant go to such an innovative local project and help benefit our local community.”

You can vote for Carrie and ‘Geek Gurl Diaries’ by following this link:


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The idea is to increase young women’s interest in traditionally geeky subjects. At present women are represented by 28% of jobs in ICT. Carrie suggests that this is because at a young age girls tend to lean towards the creative subjects in school such as Art, Dance and Humanities.

Carrie exlains on her website: “I knew that I wanted to develop a network of individuals who could, through their own experiences inspire a generation to take up more traditionally geeky subjects. The theory being that by exposing students to the range of creative and exciting scientific careers in technology, they may discover an interest in a field they had previously dismissed.”

Through the Geek Gurl Diaries, Carrie has launched a YouTube account; videos for her lessons are uploaded to the web so that students can access them inside and outside school to help with their learning. Find out more here: