Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Ada Lovelace Day falls on Tuesday 10th October 2017 this year.

For those who don’t know, Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer. Notice how I didn’t add ‘female’ before first.  She was a British writer and mathematician and every second Tuesday of October, the day is spent not only honoring her but women alike in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields.

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Ada created the first algorithm ( a series of instructions) ever to be run by a machine. Her further work explained how machines could do more than just calculate numbers. She saw how machines could also be used for music and art.

Sadly, Ada passed away aged 36 due to cancer, but she left a legacy behind her. She went on to inspire those such as Alan Turing (go watch the film ‘The Imitation Game’), who built the first computer.

This is such an important day to remember inspirational women who have made it in  fields that are still largely male-dominated.

What does this mean to me/how will I be celebrating

Programming is seen as hard, takes a lot of effort and perseverance and so remembering greats like Ada gives me hope and motivation to know that I too can be great. It reminds me that I too, want to leave behind a legacy. It reminds me that being a women in tech can be done, and can be done well. It’s so encouraging to see and hear from other women in tech who have been through/are going through the same experiences as you as you realise you aren’t alone and pushes you to keep going, in times when you need a bit of help.

I’ll be celebrating by researching more about Ada and re-watching a video by Coding Blonde about girls in tech. I’ll also be sending motivational messages to girls I know who are also in tech. What will you do?

Let’s stick together girls. Let’s change the world.

For more information:

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Coding blonde also made an awesome video explaining Ada’s life and further details on what she achieved – click here to watch it

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