To quote the Finding Ada web site, “Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths.”
As I have written before, Ada Lovelace is an early nineteenth-century example of a hacker, and I don’t just mean in the sense of someone who enjoys working with computers but also in the sense of someone who enjoys tinkering with things, finding solutions, looking for perhaps unconventional workarounds to problems.
This year, a particularly noteworthy event is the Ada Lovelace Edit-a-thon happening today on Wikipedia: “[p]articipants from around New England are invited to gather together at Harvard Law School to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] fields… If you cannot make it to Harvard in person but would still like to participate, you are more than welcome to do so remotely.”
More information about Ada Lovelace Day:
- Events are taking place worldwide to celebrate this day,
- Finding Ada maintains a map of “inspirational tales” as well as a directory of notable women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (You can add yourself to the directory if you sign up for an account on the site.),
- “Ada Lovelace: My brain is more than merely mortal,” by Rowan Hooper (New Scientist)
- “Ada Lovelace Day: Women celebrate female scientists,” by Zoe Kleinman (BBC News)
- “Finding women in the history of science,” by Rebekah Higgit (The Guardian)
- “On Ada Lovelace Day, Celebrate Some Extraordinary Women,” by Robyn Tippins (Read Write Web).
Which women in science, technology engineering, and mathematics would you want to recognize on Ada Lovelace Day?
[Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons.]