ALD 2009

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have published your blog post, video, podcast, etc., please remember to add it to the Ada Lovelace Day Collection mash-up so that we can keep track!

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.

Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless.

Recent research by psychologist Penelope Lockwood discovered that women need to see female role models more than men need to see male ones. That’s a relatively simple problem to begin to address. If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.

To take part
All you need to do is sign the pledge, pick your tech heroine and then publish your blog post any time on Tuesday 24th March 2009. It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited.

And it doesn’t matter what medium you choose – blogs, videoblogs, podcasts are all fine. We’ve even got someone writing a newspaper column! The key thing is to take part. And if you’re going to be away on March 24th, feel free to write your post in advance and set your blogging system to publish it that day.

To help us keep track of the conversation about Ada Lovelace Day ahead of the event, and to pull together everything on the day, please use these tags:

  • AdaLovelaceDay09 for Delicious, Technorati etc. It’s long, but clear.
  • #ALD09 for Twitter hashtags.

What does “in technology” mean?
It’s up to you how you interpret the phrase “in technology”. We’re not just interested in hardcore ninja programmers, but any woman who creates, invents, or uses any technology in an innovative way. Feel free to interpret it as widely as you like.

What else can you do?
Obviously, and most importantly, please sign the pledge. If you already have a blog, then it will be easy for you to take part. If you don’t have a blog, this might be a great reason to start one. It’ll take you about five minutes to get yourself set up on WordPress and then you’ll be up and running!

Please also consider putting a pledge badge on your blog now or writing a short post about the project to help spread the word. You can also use the “Share This” link on the pledge itself to send the pledge to your favourite social bookmarking or news site, or to email it to a friend. The more people who send this link to Delicious or Digg and the like, the more likely we are to hit our target.

Also, if you’re on Twitter, Facebook, Jaiku, or any other microconversation tool, please ping a message to all your friends about Ada Lovelace Day, and don’t forget the link! If you’re on LinkedIn, you could also add it as your temporary status for a while.

Keep up with Ada Lovelace Day news
We’ve got a Twitter account, mailing list, and Facebook event set up, so feel free to follow, subscribe and add to your RSS reader, as you wish.

What will happen next?
If Ada Lovelace Day is a success I’d like to make it an annual event. And, once the economy is in a better position, I’d like to put together a one day conference called Finding Ada. We would cover presentation skills and would introduce women to tech conference organisers, with the aim of getting more women up on stage at tech conferences. More on Finding Ada soon!