Female scientists celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

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  • Date: 16 October 2012
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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and related fields (STEM). The aim is to create new role models for women and girls by highlighting the accomplishments of women working in these fields today and encouraging female students to choose these areas in which to pursue their careers. The ultimate goal is 'to create an organisation that provides help and support to women in STEM not just on one day of the year, but all year round. We want to provide resources for women, teachers, businesses, conference organisers and journalists, all with the aim of helping women shine'.

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Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), daughter of poet Lord Byron, was an English mathematician, best known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, 'the analytical engine'. She is sometimes considered the first 'computer programmer'. Ada called herself "an Analyst (& Metaphysician)," and from her Notes, scholars have found that she understood the plans for the 'analytical engine' as well as Babbage and was even better at explaining its purpose for the future.

This year, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) are helping to organise Ada Lovelace Day Live which will include the WES Karen Burt Award and an evening ceremony at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Performers include: Helen Arney, Dr Suzie Sheehy, Gia Milinovich, Dr Helen Scales, Helen Keen, Dr Alice Bell, Sarah Angliss and Sydney Padua.

The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) and the London Games Festival (LGF) are also taking part to set up the XX Game Jam, an all-female games hackday where teams will compete to produce the best computer game in just 24 hours, which will be held on 26th and 27th October.

Ada Lovelace Day is run solely by volunteers. For more information, please go to http://findingada.com/.

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