Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was a 19th-century English mathematician who many consider the first programmer, because she published the most complete and in-depth description of the Analytical Engine, an early computer conceived of — but never built — by Charles Babbage.
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 13?
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. We have tried to avoid major public holidays, school holidays, exam season, and times of the year when people might be hibernating.
So, we use the second Tuesday in October, which is 13 October 2015.
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 death day on 27 November.
Read more at http://findingada.com/
Join us on October 25 in Oakland, California at Tech Liminal for
She Thrives! Building A Foundation For 21st Century Girls
a day-long workshop for people who champion girls in their pursuit of college and career. Perfect for parents or other family members, teachers, coaches, academic advisors, clergy, and anyone else mentoring young women in middle school or high school, this fundraiser will take place from 10am to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 25th. The event is at Tech Liminal, a woman-owned technology salon in Downtown Oakland, California.
Attendees will enjoy workshops, a catered lunch, and inspiring conversations.
Topics covered include:
Women in Media Tool Kit: How to encourage young people to challenge biased images of women & girls in media…and create more affirming images in the future.
Online Identity & Safety Strategies: Keeping young women safe when they search for information in the cloud and support in online communities.
Discussion with parents & educators of successful girls: Strategies for building grit, self-confidence, and achievement in college and career.
more info: http://bit.ly/1Gc5v6X