Some how I managed to screw up the biggest TECH LADY TUESDAY EVER. So I am trying now to rectify this problem and will try much harder to honor this lady every year:
October 15 is Ada Lovelace Day, named for the world’s first computer programmer and dedicated to promoting women in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. A Victorian-era mathematical genius, Lovelace was the first to describe how computing machines could solve math problems, write new forms of music, and much more, if you gave them instructions in a language they could understand.
Ada Lovelace Day in a nutshell
Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories of women — whether engineers, scientists, technologists or mathematicians — who have inspired you to become who you are today. The aim is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.
Why October 15?
People often ask why Ada Lovelace Day is the day that it is. The explanation is rather mundane: the date is arbitrary, chosen in an attempt to make the day maximally convenient for the most number of people.
Why not just used Ada’s birthday? Well, Ada was born on 10 December and, in the UK where Ada Lovelace Day is based, December is swamped by Christmas parties, making venue hire tricky and putting us in competition with traditionally unmissable employee booze-ups. Given her tragically early death at just 36, it would feel inappropriate to celebrate her deathday on 27 November.
Back to me…
Check out http://findingada.com/ to learn more about the special day and events that took place.
This has truly inspired me to consider putting together a program for next year. Kinda like a girls only STEM TedX or something. Hmmm…..maybe something online? Well I have an entire year to think about it!