Your Ada Lovelace Day Event
Thank you for your interest in holding an independent event to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day! Every year, people like you organise events around the world to highlight the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and to support girls and women studying or working in STEM. These events are what makes Ada Lovelace Day the huge success that it is.
About Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM which is held on the second Tuesday of October every year. It was started in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson as a day of blogging about women in tech and rapidly developed into a broader celebration of women in STEM, the definition of which people interpret in their own way.
Since 2010, we have held a flagship event in London, a ‘science cabaret’ at which leading women in STEM talk about their work or the women who have inspired them. People around the world contribute to the day by writing about women whose work they admire for blogs, newspapers, magazines or journals. And other people, like you, organise local events to celebrate the day. In 2015, Ada Lovelace Day saw over 150 events in 82 towns or cities in 25 countries over seven continents, and in 2016 we are hoping for even more, which means we need you to get involved!
Why organise an Ada Lovelace Day event?
The aims of Ada Lovelace Day are simple and straightforward:
- to highlight the achievements, discoveries and inventions of women in STEM
- to create new role models for girls and women alike by telling the stories of women in STEM
- to encourage girls and women to study and work in the STEM fields by both inspiring them and helping to develop their skills
There are many types of event that will both meet one or more of these goals and be a lot of fun into the bargain! And organising a local event to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day will help us to reach communities that might otherwise never hear about the day.
Ada Lovelace Day is not a charity, so we are not asking you to run fundraising events (though we are always looking for corporate sponsorship!). That means that you can focus purely on producing an event that appeals to your community and which supports the goals of Ada Lovelace Day.
Ada Lovelace Day is as successful as it is because people just like you get involved and organise your own events. Your contribution is important, not just for the day itself but for the women and girls in STEM in your community.
We care about diversity not just because it’s good for women and girls, but because it’s good for all of us. Diverse teams think differently and solve a wider variety of problems in ways that help more people.
Ada Lovelace Day isn’t just about women in STEM, it’s about our future.