Public Talk – Ignite @ Makefest 2018 Nerd: An overlooked minority.

Here's the full transcript of the talk Ignite talk I did at Liverpool Makefest in June 2018. My talk starts at 6:18 Hi, I'm Helen and I'm a Co-founder of Little Sandbox, which is a Kids Tech club here in Liverpool.  When Chris and I...

On the knocker: first time experience on the doorstep

It's the one thing about which I've always thought "not a chance". The idea of knocking on doors asking people to vote, filled me with dread. Mainly because, I hate it when people knock on my door unexpectedly. If I'm not expecting a delivery from Sizzlas then it can...

Caroline Lucas and the All Female Cabinet

This week Green MP, Caroline Lucas, made a rather unpopular suggestion of creating an all female cabinet of cross party MPs to prevent a no deal Brexit. To say it fell flat is an understatement. I've had a couple of discussions on social media about this...

The Great Hack: AI algorithms and the power of illusion.

Hands up who watches Derren Brown and thinks "I don't care what he says, he's definitely got magical powers'? I've heard so many anecdotes from people leaving his live show, overhearing such comments from attendees. Why are we so committed to...

Proud to support Liverpool Pride

Bit of a cliched title, but last weekend I took part in my first Pride march. To be clear, I fully support everything Pride stands for, but I have something of a fear of crowds so I’ve always avoided anything that attracts large gatherings; I’ve...

Helen P. Stephens is a maker, author and social entrepreneur.

In 2010 she set up a social enterprise to provide affordable web design services to voluntary and community groups. In 2014 she Co-founded Little Sandbox, a Tech Club for kids providing an environment for children to make use of digital equipment and resources to develop their tech skills. This expanded in 2019 to become a makerspace when Sandbox Workshop was opened to the public in a community library in North Liverpool.

Helen is also a non-executive director/trustee of 3 other social enterprises: VOLA Learning Consortium, Inclusive Economy Liverpool and Periscope Productions CIC.


Following graduation from a music industry management degree, she lived in London, working for a number of music companies. She returned home to Liverpool and worked in a variety of jobs from admin to childcare – She even had a short stint as a taxi driver.

She is passionate about encouraging women and girls to take an interest in technology and digital making.

She spends her spare time playing video games and watching television. She supports Liverpool football club and is a member of the Labour Party. She lives with her long term boyfriend and their cat Tilly.

Her debut novel, ‘Inspired by Night’ was published under the pseudonym L. E. May by Xcite Books in August 2014.

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