Worldwide Events 2013

Every year, people organise their own events to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, independently of the main event in London. Here you can find details of the 44 grassroots events that ran around the world in 2013:

We also listed a couple of related events that aren’t specifically for Ada Lovelace Day, but were of general interest.

Belgium

Brussels: Ada Lovelace Day 2013 edit-a-thon at Variable

For the first time in Belgium, a special event is proposed to gather participants from Brussels region to update/improve/create Wikipedia entries on Women in Computing, Hacking, Electronic Literature, Digital Humanities & more!

Anyone is invited to attend (remote participants are also encouraged to join in). The editing workshop will be lead by Catherine Lenoble and a Wikipedia volunteer. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary but attendees should bring their own laptops. Refreshments will be provided, a soup offered and there will be time for informal exchanges afterwards until 9.00pm. More Information….

Tickets: Free
Date: 22 Oct 13
Time: 5 – 9pm
Venue: Variable, Rue Gallait 80, 1030 Schaerbeek, Belgium

Brazil

Recife: Ada Lovelace Day Recife

Let’s celebrate women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with some lighting talks and discussions about important women names in STEM and her achievements.

Food and drink will be provided by ThoughtWorks. So, come hungry for knowledge, networking, and a night of honoring women!

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13>
Time: 6 – 9pm
Venue: 181 R. do Apolo, Recife, PE 50030-220, Brazil

Canada

Kitchener: Ada Lovelace Day presented by Hackademy.ca

Join us for a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at Waterloo Region’s first official Ada Lovelace Day event presented by Hackademy.ca.

This inaugural event will showcase local STEM champions of the Waterloo Region with presentations, information booths, and activities that will interest all demographics, including children, in an accessible and inclusive environment.

Ada Lovelace Day is a free event  open to the public and is in collaboration with several STEM organisations committed to increasing the knowledge economy for our community.

Partners: Hello World Camp, Nerd Nite KW, Laurier Centre for Women in Science, and more to be announced.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Victoria Park Pavilion, Kitchener, Ontario

Ecuador

Quito: Ecuador celebra a Ada Lovelace

Únete a nosotros en una noche que celebra la primera programadora de la historia y las mujeres en TI en Quito. Vamos a empezar la noche con las ‘lightning talk’ de las asistentes– si quieren compartir una lightning talk, por favor, contacten a Rebecca Sliter.

Después tendremos una charla con nuestra invitara especial y la directora de tecnologia de ThoughtWorks, Rebecca Parsons.

Habrá comida y tendremos tiempo para hablar de las grandes mujeres en tecnologia del pasado, presente y futuro.

Tickets: Free. Book Now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks, Av. República del Salvador N34-107 y Suiza, Edificio Brescia I, piso 9, Quito, Ecuador

Germany

Munich: Intel Software Professional Conference

This is an internal conference for Intel software engineers to gather and talk about software development. I will be holding a small booth showing the Ada Lovelace Day events, broadcasting what people will be writing during that day. This is a private event for Intel employees only.

Date: 15 Oct 13
Venue: Sheraton Arabellapark

Ireland

Dublin: PyLadies Dublin Launch at PyConIE Sprints

PyLadies Dublin will launch on the 2nd day of the PyCon Ireland Sprints. We will be running female sprints alongside Core Python, Django, Mozilla WebQA, Plone & Pyramid on both days with our special invited guest, Lynn root (who is also our keynote at PyCon Ireland). All of the sprints are FREE, we have a few places left. Beginners are very welcome, just bring along your laptop. More info…

Tickets: Free
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 1pm
Venue: College of Computer Training (CCT), 30 – 34 Westmoreland St, Dublin 2 (Map)

Italy

Milan: Girl Geek Dinners Milano celebrate Ada Lovelace

We will be celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with a tribute to the excellence of women in science through a debate to be held at the Libreria Hoepli bookstore in Milan. We will ask our speakers to share their experience in studying and working in STEM domains. The speakers that will liven up our meeting are:

  • Stefania Bandini, Full Professor at Università di Milano Bicocca
  • Emanuela Colombo, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano
  • Paola Carrara, Researcher at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • Cristina Silvano, Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano
  • Arianna Rubino, Doctor at Humanitas Research Hospital
  • Daniela Lucini, Professor at Humanitas Research Hospital

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 18 Oct 13
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm
Venue: Libreria Hoepli, Via Hoepli 5, 20121 Milano, Italy

Turin: MuPIn celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

Musei Piemontese dell’Informatica (MuPIn) celebrates Ada Lovelace Day for the second time. The event will include presentations by Elìa Bellussi, President of MuPIn and Carlo Randone, who will give a brief presentation about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage.

There will then be a debate about “The instruments available in modern society for women in science and technology” with: Giovanna Giordano, Founder and CEO of GG Partners; Flavia Marzano, president of “Stati Generali dell’Innovazione” and Wired.it blogger; Anna Vaccarelli, first technologist at IIT – CNR (Informatics and Telematics Institute – National Research Center).

That will be followed by the presentation of “Mobile, Everything” a contest for women under 35 years old about the development of an app for mobile device, and cocktails. More information  or email info@mupin.it.

Ticket: Free
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Town Hall, Piazza Palazzo di Città, Turin

Vicenza: Ada Lovelace Day @ADALab

Installation on women in technology and projection of “Damsel in Distress” by by Anita Sarkeesian during the regular opening of the lab. More info…

Tickets: Free
Date: 18 Oct 13
Time: 6.30-10pm
Venue: ADA Lab, Via Btg. Framarin, 42, Vicenza, Italy

Spain

Madrid: Ada Lovelace Day 2013 en Madrid!

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Makespace Madrid wants to join the international celebration. This is our agenda for the 15th October:

18:30 – What is Makespace Madrid and agenda.
18:40 – Short intro to Ada Lovelace’s life. (by Francesca Mereu).
18:50 – S. López, she will present her work.
19:10 Agile-Girls.
19:30- 19:45 break.
19:45- 21:00 Introduction to Arduino and Open Scad.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 6.30 – 9pm
Venue: Makespace Madrid, C/Pedro Unanue 16, Madrid

Uganda

Kampala: ThoughtWorks loves Ada

The event is geared towards encouraging the women in Africa to take up STEM as an educational and career choice. We are also looking forward to creating a network of women who have or are interested in taking up IT as a professional choice. We have planned an evening of:

  • Technical talks
  • Inspirational talks
  • General Discussions and
  • Mingling while enjoying some snacks

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 5-8.30pm
Venue: Outbox, 4th Floor, Soliz House, Lumumba Avenue, Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda

UK

Didcot: #Be2CampOxon

Be2camp is for people interested in how the latest web and mobile applications and web design techniques (blogs, Twitter, wikis) can help build a better, more sustainable built environment – planning, design, construction, occupation and management of buildings, services and landscape.

The theme is “Letting Go of Print”: With such amazing technology at our disposal why are we so wedded to the idea of paper?  We use virtual folders to save files, our drawing packages include paper space and most tender packages end up as a huge envelope on someone’s desk.  Why?

Topics we will look at include:

  • How could we make use of the benefits of technology to let go of thinking of our work in 2D?
  • Is technology always the best option – are there times paper does win?
  • How can we manage digital information to help us and our clients work more effectively?

Ada Lovelace Day has been deliberately chosen as the date for our event and we will close with a Pecha Kucha session for Finding Ada inspired talks. More information….

Tickets: free but donations welcome book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 1 – 6.00pm
Venue: Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE

Edinburgh: BCSWomen Ada Lovelace Festival of Wikipedia

BCS Women is joining forces Finding Ada, to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. As well as the usual events on Ada Lovelace Day, October 15, this year BCS Women will be running a Festival of Wikipedia to add/update/improve Wikipedia entries of Women In Computing.

The Edinburgh event will be run on the 3rd October from 4pm until 8pm, in the IBM office in St Andrew Square. Training will be given by the leader and a Wikipedia volunteer.  Refreshments will be provided. More information…

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 3 Oct 13
Time: 4 – 8.00pm
Venue: IBM, 21 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AY

Liverpool: Ada Lovelace Day – coffee afternoon

Join us for an afternoon of quiz, games and trivia, finding Ada and celebrating women in Computer Science and Engineering. Athena SWAN group School of EEE&CS. More info

Tickets: Free.
Date: 16 Oct 13
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Foyer of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69 3GJ

London: BCSWomen Ada Lovelace Festival of Wikipedia

BCS Women is joining forces Finding Ada, to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. As well as the usual events on Ada Lovelace Day, October 15, this year BCS Women will be running a Festival of Wikipedia to add/update/improve Wikipedia entries of Women In Computing.

The London event will be run on the 3rd October from 3.30pm until 7.30pm, in the BCS offices in the Davidson Building in Southampton Street. Training will be given by the leader and a Wikipedia volunteer. Refreshments will be provided and there will be food and time to network afterwards until 8.45 pm. More information…

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 3 Oct 13
Time: 4 – 8.00pm
Venue: BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

London: WikiProject Women’s History/The Royal Society 2013

Medical Research Council has joined forces with the Royal Society and Wikimedia UK to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day in 2013 by running a Wikipedia editing day focusing on Women in Science! At the workshop representatives from Wikimedia UK will explain how Wikipedia works and be on hand to answer questions about editing and improving Wikipedia articles. We will then move on to creating Wikipedia articles.

Drawing on resources from the MRC, The Royal Society and Wellcome Trust, the event will have access to a rich collection of printed and electronic works about women in science, including biographies and works authored by scientists.The librarians will explain more about the collections and provide guidance on finding sources. Attendees will be encouraged to work together to edit those articles, using the available resources. Everyone is encouraged to write about their role models in science.

As part of Edit-a-thon there will be a panel discussion led by Professor Uta Frith, Vivienne Parry and Tom Welton on women’s experiences in science, and diversity in the scientific workforce more generally, together with how underrepresentation can be tackled in the future. More information…

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 11 Oct 13
Time: 1.15 – 8.30pm
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG

London: “Meet the Stemettes” Ada Lovelace Day panel event

We’ll be holding a panel event, complete with Q&A, networking (games) and nibbles, on 12 October 2013. The panel will feature 8 people from a diverse set of STEM careers. The event is aimed at Sixth-formers and University students, but younger girls can attend too (with a Parent/Guardian).

There are amazing women in the UK’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields, but a lack of females rising to take their place in STEM. This diverse panel will be sharing their unusual STEM career paths and giving some top tips to current STEM students considering their options after university.  The event is open to all and promises to provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with real STEM professionals and discover new opportunities, all over light refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.

We’ll be hearing from Gabrielle Omar, Architect and former Apprentice candidate, and six other women from across Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths, AND one mystery man (TBA).

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 12 Oct 13
Time: 2 – 4.00pm
Venue: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2 King Edward Street, London EC1A 1HQ

London: Southwark Science in the Pub – Ada Lovelace Day Special

A special ‘Science in the pub’ event dedicated to women working in STEM. We have 4 fascinating mini-talks by our special guests, followed by a discussion addressing some of the issues surrounding women working in these fantastic, but sometimes challenging, fields.  Our guests will be:

  • Julie Flynn, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Dr. Rachel Cooke, SABMiller
  • Prof. Bridget Shield, Head of Institute of Acoustics
  • Kate Russell, BBC Click tech reporter

Everyone welcome.

Tickets: Free. No reservation necessary.
Date: 14 Oct 13
Time: 7.30 – 10.00pm
Venue: Prince William Henry pub, 217 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NL

London: For Ada

Talks by the artists Natalie Dower and Layla Curtis as part of Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Line of Enquiry  – a talk by artist Natalie Dower: ‘The metamorphoses that the art scene has undergone over the last 50 years can be partly attributed to the huge flow of knowledge via the internet. The fascination with ‘what things look like’ now competes with stimuli from every possible subject or discipline. Each artist has the problem of deciding where the balance lies, between visual experience and ideas, and I will try to explain my choice’.

Artist Layla Curtis will give a talk about her ongoing online artwork Antipodes. This constantly updating website collects live images from webcams located on exact opposite sides of the planet and allows viewers to simultaneously view footage from places as far away from each other as it is possible to be. More information.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: Government Art Collection, Queens Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PA

London: Ada Lovelace Day Celebration

City University London invites guests to take part in our activities fair, where some of our interactive academic work is showcased, before a lively panel discussion. The discussion will focus on the role of women in technology today and panellists includes Connie St Louis (Chair – Science Journalism Lecturer), Dr Arti Agrawal (School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Lecturer), Louisa Kiwana (Engineering UK), Prim Smith (Change & Implementation Manager at Camden City Council) and members of our alumni and industry communities. Program of events:

5.30 – 5.45pm Interactive activities fair – including the F1 racing simulator, 3D simulator game, programming games and mini campus tours
5.45 – 6.00pm Light refreshments and opportunity to speak with current City staff and students
6.00 – 7.00pm Panel discussion – “The only woman in the room: 1800s computer programmer to today’s tech women”
A brief history of Ada Lovelace, personal stories and reflections on the role of women in today’s tech industry followed by a facilitated Q&A
7.00-7.30pm Networking session

Tickets: Free. Book Now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 5:30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The Great Hall, College Building, ;City University London, 10 Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

London: Pioneering Women of Natural History

We’re celebrating the remarkable women connected with the Natural History Museum, past and present. Two Museum scientists recall the adventures and achievements of two trailblazing women employed here, Dorothea Bate and Evelyn Cheesman.

We’ll look back at their expeditions collecting in the field and the legacy of their pioneering research. Find out how Dorothea’s passion for fossils led her to become the first woman to be employed as a scientist in the Museum and how Evelyn Cheesman’s interest in insects and fearless spirit helped her collect 70,000 specimens from remote locations. More info…

Tickets: Free.
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

London: TrowelBlazers Wikipedia Editathon

Join TrowelBlazers in a one-day Wikipedia editathon dedicated to improving the Wikipedia pages of key women in archaeology, palaeotology and geology. Women we intend to focus on include: Dorothea Bate, Dorothy Garrod, Gertrude Caton-Thompson, Elinor W. Gardner, Etheldred Bennett, Nina Layard, Margaret Murray, Helen Muir-Wood, Grace Crowfoot.

There will be practical training in how to edit a wikipedia page, support and resources on-hand to make editing easier, and we’ve even lined up a team of experts (biographers and historians) to give talks about trowelblazing women and to lend their expertise.

This event is open to those new to Wikipedia and to experienced contributors.  Female editors are especially encouraged to attend.

Help us improve the visibility of a host of forgotten women in science! We can think of no better way to celebrate International Archaeology Day, Earth Science Week AND Ada Lovelace Day. Please bring reference material and a laptop if you have them.

For more information contact: Tori Herridge from Team TrowelBlazers or John Cummings, Wikimedian in Residence at the Natural History Museum.

Twitter hashtags: #WISWIKI, #TrowelBlazers50, #ESW13 , #ALD13, #IAD13

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 19 Oct 13
Time: 10.30 – 5.00pm
Venue: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

London: Ladies Who Code Conference

We’re bringing the experience we know and love from our worldwide meetups into a one day conference and celebration of women who rock with commandline.

Each year we host the conference in one of our chapter cities. This year we’re delighted to bring the event to London. Taking to the stage in 2013:

  • Desi McAdam (Thoughtbot)
  • Yodit Stanton (Atomic Data Labs)
  • Marianne Belotti (Exversion)
  • Sally Jenkinson (Adobe Community Professional)
  • Elise Huard (Jabberwocky)

There will also be a session of lightning talks curated from attendee submissions (sign up on the day.) We’ll conclude the event with a closing party where you’ll get the chance to reflect on the day and cement some new found friendships. Absolutely everyone is welcome to come and join this celebration of amazing ladies who code. More information…

Tickets: £35 – 50. Students £30. Book now!
Date: 26 Oct 13
Time: 9.30 – 6.00pm
Venue: Shoreditch Works Village Hall, 33 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

London: Daphne Daphne Oram Archive Exhibition

To celebrate Ada Lovelace day this month Special Collections & Archives are exhibiting archive material from the Daphne Oram Archive.

Daphne Oram (31 December 1925 -  5 January 2003) was a pioneering British composer and electronic musician, and  the creator of the “Oramics” system, a technique used to create electronic sounds. The exhibition, including archive footage, manuscripts, photographs and Oram’s scientific diagrams will be on display till the end of October.

If you are a visitor to Goldsmiths, or if you wish to consult archives or textiles, please contact us in advance to make an appointment on 020 7717 2295. More info.

Tickets: Free
Date: 7 Oct – 1 Nov 2013
Time: 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, and later opening until 7pm on Wednesday evenings (term-time only)
Venue: Special Collections and Archives, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

London: Dorothy Benson Archive Exhibition

In honour of Ada Lovelace Day, the Goldsmiths Textile Collection presents: Dorothy Benson and Machine Embroidery.

Dorothy Benson (1902-1977) worked for the Embroidery Department of the Singer Sewing Machine Company from the age of 14 until her retirement forty-four years later in 1960. Beginning as a “Little One” that swept up the shop floor and ran errands, Benson rose through the ranks at Singer from trainee embroiderer to head of the department, taking on the additional responsibilities of business development and education. During her illustrious career with Singer, she published the educational book Your Machine Embroidery (1954) and was featured regularly in the Singer house journal Red S Review.

On display here are Benson’s original sketches and samples including a selection of her felt work and a table centre that she machine-embroidered for the 1948 Empire Exhibition in Glasgow.

Curated by Jenny Doussan and Lizzie Cannon with special thanks to Carole Thompson and Margaret Hall-Townley. If you wish to see items from the textile collection or speak to the curator about research etc., please make an appointment. Telephone: +44(0)20 7717 2210/2295. Email: textiles@gold.ac.uk. Twitter: @Textilesgold. Website.

Tickets: Free
Date: 8 Oct 13 – 1 Nov 13
Time: 11am – 5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Venue: Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths, University of London, Deptford Town Hall Building, New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AF

Manchester: Manchester Girl Geeks & MSF presents Wikipedia Edit Day

Manchester Girl Geeks presents an introduction to editing Wikipedia. Practically everyone uses the free encyclopaedia to find out about the world – but have you ever tried adding to it? Women are sorely underrepresented in editing and contributing to Wikipedia articles, and we aim to shift the balance.

Helpers from Wikimedia UK and Manchester Girl Geeks will show you how to take your first steps as a Wikipedia contributor, and can provide more advanced help to those who’ve already dabbled. Bring along your favourite sources and add to the body of knowledge together.

The day runs from 11am-5pm, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

What to bring:

  • A laptop/computer, on which to edit; if you don’t have one you can bring, please get in touch beforehand and we can sort something out
  • Reference materials on topics you’d like to write about, such as books, papers or journals.

For more information about the event, see the Wikimedia website entry.

Tickets: £3 (incl lunch). Book now!
Date: 27 Oct 13
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: MadLab, Edge St, M4 Manchester

Norwich: Ada Lovelace Day: Sharing stories of Inspiring Women

ResNet is a contact, support and information network for women working in research or supporting research across the Norwich Research Park. We held an event to commemorate Ada Lovelace and to share stories of women who inspired us in our careers in STEM.

We were fortunate to be joined by three excellent speakers from across UEA and the NRP, who each spoke about their careers, who had inspired them and what challenges they face as women in science – Dr Julie Decock (BIO/BMRC), Dr Lindsay Hall (IFR/UEA) and Professor Tracey Chapman (BIO).

We’d like to extend our thanks to all our speakers for their excellent talks, we hope all those who attended enjoyed it.

Tickets: Free. More info…
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 12.30pm – 2pm
Venue: UEA Registry Council Chamber, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk

Oxford: Women in Science Oxford Editathon

The University of Oxford’s IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 15 October 2013. The editathon will take place at IT Services on Banbury Road, Oxford, and will include some basic training by the JISC Wikimedian Ambassador.

A Wikipedia editathon celebrates the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day by helping people learn about the contribution of individual women to the world of science, and the aim of our editathon is to add to and improve the coverage of individuals, events and resources related to women in science.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of the role of women in science! More information…

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 2 – 5.00pm
Venue: IT Services, University of Oxford, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

Oxford: Ada Lovelace Day 2013: A celebration of women in astronomy

Presented by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Telling the stories of successful women astronomers and looking at the position of women in astronomy today. Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars, the by-products of supernova explosions which make all life in the universe possible. You can find out more in this video. Open to the general public. More information…

Tickets: Free. Book Now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 6 – 7pm
Venue: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

Porlock: Cream Tea with Inspirational Women

A delicious cream tea with talks by Dr Anna Abbott, engineering research fellow at Southampton University, Dr Kevin Murrell, director at National Computer Museum at Bletchley Park, Dr Rosalinde Hinton, Dame Margaret Drabble, Alex Lovell BBC Points West presenter. More information…

Tickets: £10, £5, students free
Date: 12 Oct 13
Time: 3 – 5.30pm
Venue: Porlock Village Hall, Toll Road, Porlock TA24 8QD

Rickmansworth: How Ada Inspired

During that day all ICT students will investigate the legacy of Ada, learn about other prominent women in the field of IT, write blogposts and take part in a meal during which they will share their stories to others. This is a private event being run within the school.

Date: 15 Oct 13
Venue: Royal Masonic School

Sheffield : Ada Lovelace Celebration at Sheffield Hallam University

Join the Department of Computing to celebrate all the successes of Women in Technology on Ada Lovelace Day.  We have a range of speakers including:

  • Kathy Ward – EMEA Head of Diversity & Early Talent at SAP systems.
  • Professor Helen Richardson – Professor of Gender and Organisation at SHU
  • Professor Daniella Petrelli – Professor in Interaction Design at SHU
  • Dr Luigiana Ciolfi – Researcher in Human-Centred Computing at SHU

…and more to be confirmed.

Our staff will be on hand to showcase some of the work of the computing department, meet students from Computing and the Business School, Business Partners and Employers as well as lots of Women in Technology from Sheffield and surrounding area. This will be a valuable networking event as well as a chance to hear some excellent speakers.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 4 – 6.30pm
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 2LX

Sunbury: Women in STEM

Students will be writing articles on women in STEM subjects in the weeks leading up to Ada Lovelace Day. The day is being run as a competition to win prizes. It is a voluntary competition being run by the Computing department. There will be a guest speaker to speak to girls on women in ICT. This is a private event being run within school.

Date: 16 Oct 13
Venue: Sunbury Manor School

USA

Atlanta, GA: Women Who Code Ada Lovelace Hack Night

Join us to celebrate females in the tech industry with mingling, games and coding at this Women Who Code meetup hosted by ThoughtWorks. Food and drinks will be provided. More info…

Tickets: Free.
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 7-10pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks Atlanta, 2002 Summit Blvd, Level 3, Atlanta, GA

Chicago: Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

Ms.Tech is organising a get together with some geek friends to talk about women who inspire you. It’s a cash bar at Burger Bar, but Tuesdays are half price wings and $3 Goose Island beer! Join Ms.Tech as we celebrate Ada Lovelace together!

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 October 13
Time: 6 – 9pm
Venue: Burger Bar 1578 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL 60614

Dallas: Geeknight Dallas celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

Celebrating women in STEM who have inspired you. Join us for a short Google Hangout with other ThoughtWorks offices, some events and chats.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 7pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks, 15455 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600, Dallas, TX

Dallas: Ada Lovelace Day

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at the Southern Methodist University with the Student Affairs Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives. For graduates and undergraduates. More information…

Tickets:  (No information)
Date: 16 Oct 13
Time: 8.30 – 4pm
Venue: Women’s Center, 3140 Dyer St, Dallas, TX 75205

Hoboken, NJ: Ada Lovelace: An Interdisciplinary Conference Celebrating her Achievements and Legacy

The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming conference celebrating the achievements and legacy of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), to be held on our scenic campus on 18 October 2013. Presenters will speak about Lovelace’s many achievements as well as the impact of her life and work, which reverberated through the sciences and humanities since the late nineteenth century. This conference heralds a recent resurgence in Lovelace scholarship thanks to the growth of interdisciplinary thinking and the expanding influence of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More information…

Tickets: $20 for non-students up to 1 Oct. Book now!
Date: 18 Oct 13
Time: 8.30 – 7.00pm
Venue: Stevens Institute of Technology, One Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

New York, NY: ThoughtWorks NY Celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

ThoughtWorks New York is delighted to host an event, celebrating strong, innovative females within the tech industry and bringing together over a dozen women in tech organisations. Join us for a fabulous evening of mingling, lightning talks, and games. Think macaroons. Think Cabernet. Think celebration! Food and drinks will be provided by ThoughtWorks, so come hungry for knowledge, networking, and a night of honouring women!

Tickets: Free. Book Now!
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 6pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Ave, New York, NY

Providence, RI: Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Brown University

This Ada Lovelace Day, come edit Wikipedia articles on women in STEM! Anyone from the New England region is invited to attend. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary, but please bring a laptop. Can’t be there in person? No problem! Remote participants are encouraged to join in. More information…

Tickets: Free.
Date: 15 Oct 13
Time: 3 – 8.30pm
Venue: Pembroke Hall, Room 305, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

San Francisco, CA: ThoughtWorks San Francisco Celebrates Ada Lovelace Day!

Join us for an amazing evening of mingling, lightning talks, trivia, and prizes to celebrate strong, innovative females within the tech industry! ThoughtWorks San Francisco is delighted to host this event for technologists from across the city where we can share ideas in an informal and creative environment. Food and drinks will be provided by ThoughtWorks, so come hungry for knowledge, networking, and a night of honoring women!

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 15 Oct
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks, 315 Montgomery Street, 16th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104

Online events

Online: Official Launch of Robot Girl Lottie and Busy Lizzie the Robot

Robot Girl Lottie™ and the Busy Lizzie Robot let younger children picture themselves in the role of builder and inventor.

The aim is to introduce the theme of robots in a positive way – and via the unexpected medium of a doll – making specific use of the words “research” and “build”, while encouraging encourage girls to study STEM.

Busy Lizzie the Robot has interactive plug-in elements so that the arms and headpieces are interchangeable. Cogs stickers add further opportunity to customise. The Busy Lizzie shoes are also interchangeable with those of the Robot Girl doll; they are, naturally, recycled. An actual science fair project by 8-year-old Allie Weber from Sioux Falls, SD, provided the inspiration for the set.

The packaging includes practical suggestions for kids to get “hands-on” with robots.  This features a mini-biography of Erin Kennedy, Canadian robotics role-model, and original “Robot Grrl,” and Kathy Ceceri, US award-winning author of ‘Robotics’.

Date: 15 Oct 13
Venue: www.lottie.com

Ada Lovelace: First Computer Programmer

In 1842, Ada Lovelace published what we now recognise as the first computer program. It was written to calculate Bernoulli Numbers on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a mechanical computing device that was never built.

But Lovelace did not only understand how Babbage’s machine could carry out complex computations, she also imagined that, given the right inputs it could make music or graphics. Lovelace was way ahead of her time, to the point where even Babbage couldn’t see the genius of her ideas.

So who was Ada Lovelace? How did she end up making one of the most impressive theoretical leaps of the last two hundred years? And why is she such an important figure for women in computing today?Suw Charman-Anderson talks about Lovelace and her achievements, and why she has become the figurehead of a yearly celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, Ada Lovelace Day.

Tickets: Free – registration with the element14 Community required. Register here!
Date: 10 Oct 13
Time: 3 – 4.00pm
Venue: Online

Ada Lovelace: First Computer Programmer (APAC Session)

In 1842, Ada Lovelace published what we now recognise as the first computer program. It was written to calculate Bernoulli Numbers on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a mechanical computing device that was never built.

But Lovelace did not only understand how Babbage’s machine could carry out complex computations, she also imagined that, given the right inputs it could make music or graphics. Lovelace was way ahead of her time, to the point where even Babbage couldn’t see the genius of her ideas.

So who was Ada Lovelace? How did she end up making one of the most impressive theoretical leaps of the last two hundred years? And why is she such an important figure for women in computing today?Suw Charman-Anderson talks about Lovelace and her achievements, and why she has become the figurehead of a yearly celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, Ada Lovelace Day.

Tickets: Free – registration with the element14 Community required. Register here!
Date: 11 Oct 13
Time: 9 – 10.00am
Venue: Online

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London: Flossie 2013

Flossie 2013 brings together FLOSS women developers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policy-makers, digital artists and social innovators for an exciting mix of talks, spontaneous discussions and open workshops. Flossie 2013 brings the benefits of open thinking to artist and entrepreneurs and the insights of diverse innovators to FLOSS development.

Flossie 2013 is a two-day event for women who use or are otherwise interested in opening and diversifying technology to drive innovation, to share and inspire. For us, diversity is the solution – not the problem! More information….

Tickets: £11 for single day. £16 for full 2-day ticket. Book now!
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Venue: Queen Mary, University of London, London E1 4NS