Holly Brockwell

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Holly Brockwell, born (1985-12-13) December 13, 1985 (age 34)[1] is an English technology journalist, copywriter and the founder of the tech site Gadgette. She has also written columns for Gizmodo, the BBC, The Guardian and other media outlets.

Early life[edit]

Brockwell is from Nottingham[2] and currently lives in London. She originally hoped to study computer science at university, but instead took a degree in English and became an advertising copywriter and an assistant reviewer and then an editor at ShinyShiny, a women's technology website.[3]

NHS sterilization denial[edit]

In 2012 Brockwell requested the ability to be sterilized from the United Kingdom's National Health Service. She was denied due to her age,[4] which according to the NHS is common practice because surgeons prefer to wait until prospective patients are at least 30 years of age and have had children.[5] At the end of March 2016, after turning 30, she was granted permission for the procedure.[6]

Blogging and Gadgette[edit]

In 2012 Brockwell blogged about an advertising agency and its campaign about benefit schemes for their staff [7] which sparked controversy and negative publicity.[8] The agency accused Brockwell of libel but later apologised.

The next year Brockwell sparked controversy again after writing about a 2013 Hyundai advert that was later withdrawn.[9]

In 2015 Brockwell started her own women’s tech site called Gadgette in order to tackle the apparent condescending and discriminating attitudes towards women in the technology industry. The launch of the website faced backlash, according to an op-ed by Brockwell.[10]

In the summer of 2017 she was the first journalist hired by Jimmy Wales for his new commercial news venture, Wikitribune.[11] Her last day with that publication was November 17, 2017.[12]


In 2015 Brockwell won the SheSays Award for The Drum Woman of the Year.[13]

In 2018, Brockwell was one of the judges for the Computing 'Women in IT Excellence' awards [14]

In 2019, Brockwell was shortlisted in Computer Weekly's 'Most Influential Women in UK Tech' longlist for her role as CEO of Gadgette[15]


  1. ^ https://twitter.com/holly/status/979126623399301120
  2. ^ "Scottish referendum: How a tweet from a Nottingham resident took the Twittersphere by storm". Nottingham Post. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014.
  3. ^ zroll (9 December 2015). "'What it's like to be a tech journalist'". Look (interview). Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ "100 Women 2015: Desperate not to have children". Magazine. BBC. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Female sterilisation - Contraception guide". NHS Choices. National Health Service. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  6. ^ Blott, Holly (29 March 2016). "Woman, 30, defends being sterilised after winning four year battle with NHS". The Daily Mail.
  7. ^ Brockwell, Holly (5 September 2012). "Ad agency laughs at people on benefits". HollyBrockwell.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Iris faces uproar over 'chav' parody". Decision Marketing. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  9. ^ Dugan, Emily (25 April 2013). "Hyundai pulls viral zero emission car ad featuring man attempting suicide". The Independent. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  10. ^ Brockwell, Holly (22 July 2015). "I've been viciously attacked for daring to start a women's tech site". The Guardian (opinion).
  11. ^ Knowles, Kitty (7 July 2017). "WikiTribune: Inside the media mashup waging war on fake news". The Memo. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  12. ^ Brockwell, Holly. "Last Day at WikiTribune Twitter Announcement," Twitter.com, Nov. 17, 2017.
  13. ^ McQuater, Katie (13 November 2015). "Editor-in-chief of tech publication Gadgette Holly Brockwell named The Drum Woman of the Year at SheSays Awards". The Drum.
  14. ^ "Holly Brockwell". Computing. Computing. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Most Influential Women in UK Tech: The 2019 longlist". ComputerWeekly.com. Retrieved 19 October 2019.

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