The Oxford Internet Institute is excited to welcome Dame Stephanie Shirley to share the story of her career and personal life.

The Oxford Internet Institute is excited to welcome Dame Stephanie Shirley to share the story of her career and personal life. A short drinks reception will be held at the OII after the talk.

This event is at capacity. A waitlist option is available and we welcome those on the waitlist who do not get a space to come at 5:10 pm and if there are any no shows you will be able to take a seat. Please note there is no guarantee you will be able to join the event. The event will be filmed and available online afterward.

Dame Stephanie Shirley (84) was appointed one of the rare Companions of Honour earlier this year for her entrepreneurship and philanthropy. She will tell the story of her career and personal life, starting as an unaccompanied child refugee from Nazi Europe in 1939.

She studied at evening classes to get her London maths degree and is an honorary doctor of over 30 universities including that “cold, dark place in the Fens, founded by a group of people thrown out of Oxford”.

People laughed when she founded her software house as a company of women, for women. Starting with the today equivalent of £100, its ultimate success led to her philanthropy.

To date this includes £15m support for IT projects such as the Oxford Internet Institute and over £50m for autism (her late son’s disorder).

Her TED talk has been viewed nearly 2m times and her memoir Let IT Go is being made into a film.

Her book Let IT Go will be available for purchase for a donation of £10.