Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, is apparently credited with being the writer of the first computer program back in the mid 1800s. Unfortunately, the trend has not been for women to take up maths and computer science in droves.
I’d never heard of her until recently – funny how history books can be.
In Second Life, one sim was giving away Ada Lovelace candles — but I was too lazy to enquire as to why or who she was. Then on Facebook last week, someone sent me a Group invitation for Ada Lovelace day. As it falls on my birthday – March 24th – I took an interest. (See how “all about me” I can be sometimes?)
In addition to being a maths geek and the worlds first computer program writer, she was a darned snappy dresser if the photo here is any indication. But then again, she didn’t have hardware and software going out of date every six months. But I digress.
The reason for this post is to encourage you to encourage women to take up maths and tech by participating in Ada Lovelace day on 24 March
All you have to do is write a blog post about a woman in technology whom you admire and shine a light on her achievements.
You can visit the semi-official site and pledge to do so
or follow the Twitter Account http://twitter.com/FindingAda
or join the mailing list via Yahoo! Groups – http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/findingada/
If you do blog about it — use the tag AdaLovelaceDay09.
If you’re a mad Twitterbug, use the tag #ALD09