Ada Lovelace Day round-up

by Suw on April 24, 2009

Wow, it’s a month since Ada Lovelace Day, and I’m still rather amazed at how well it went. My personal life has been incredibly hectic, with moving house and a trip to the US getting in the way of my finding the time to write this post. But sitting on a plane back to the UK seems like a good time to write a round-up!

Ada Lovelace Day was a phenomenal success, which it wouldn’t have been without you! We ended up with 1,980 people signed up to the pledge, well over 1,100 blog posts in the Collection and countless more scattered across the internet. Over coming weeks I’ll be tidying up the database, removing duplicates and deleting the spam that it has sadly attracted. At the moment, the top four women were:

  1. Ada Lovelace
  2. Grace Hopper
  3. Hedy Lamarr
  4. Barbara Liskov

But that might change when we’ve cleaned things up!

We also received a phenomenal amount of media attention, including a lot of coverage in the press:

Plus Computer Weekly put Ada Lovelace their cover, I appeared on Radio 5 Live and the BBC News Channel (video to come – it’s currently stuck on the hard drive of a non-functional computer).

Overall, I think we can count the first ever Ada Lovelace Day as a massive success! But I could not have done it on my own. I really do need to thank:

We will certainly be running another Ada Lovelace Day next year, and I hope that we will reach even more people. But that’s not the end of things. We have teamed up with NESTA to put on an event, currently scheduled for June 10th, which I’ll be blogging about forthwith. Keep an eye on our Twitter account or join our mailing list to keep yourself up to date with all our news.

dr.hypercube April 24, 2009 at 9:55 am

Congrats and well done!

Kim Bach April 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

Thank you so much for coming up with this. I’ve been fascinated by Ada sine I was a teenager, this pledge was a great inspiration.

Irina April 24, 2009 at 11:00 am

Would it be a good idea to also be on identi.ca (where the techies are)? Anything posted there can be piped to Twitter, but not (yet) vice versa.

(Can’t wait until there’s another ALD next year– I have a plan already)

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