Worldwide events 2012

Every year, people organise their own events to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, independently of the main events in London. Here you can see which events were running in your area in 2012. We had events in the UK, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and the USA, so scroll down and see what happened!


Ashfield: Ashfield District Council International Ada Lovelace Day

A day to raise awareness and give information including puzzles and displays. Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, has strong links with Ada Lovelace and the Byron family. Within the District is Hucknall, where Lord Byron is buried in the parish church of St Mary Magdalene. We are also about two miles away from Newstead Abbey, the family seat of the Byron family. And right in front of our Central Offices at Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield (NG17 8DA) we have a building called Ada Lovelace House, which was established to house a hub for e-learning and developing computing skills.
Tickets: Free, drop in at any time
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, NG17 8DA

Leeds: Girl Geek Dinner, 4 Oct 12

Join the Leeds’ Girl Geeks for their thirteenth event, presented by Linda Broughton, Imran AliMonica Tailor and LSx events. On Thursday 4th October, they’ll be building up to Ada Lovelace Day with a talk by its founder, Suw Charman-Anderson.

The evening will be informal, friendly and chilled. For just £9.99, you can enjoy some food, drinks and the chance to hang out with the city’s brightest creatives, technologists, developers, entrepreneurs, marketeers, PR professionals and creative & digital girls – yeh yeh, we’ll have a smattering of boys too!

Girl Geek Dinners are open-invitation events so tell your friends.

Tickets: £9.99 now on sale
Date: 4 Oct 12
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Old Broadcasting House, 148 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN

More information…

Liverpool: DoES Liverpool Ada Lovelace Open Day

Following on from last year’s successful Ada Lovelace celebrations we will again be recognising women in STEM, business and entrepreneurship by having a free day next Tuesday 16th October. The day will be free access for everyone so come down for some co-working or to use our workshop.

Tickets: Free.
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: DoES Liverpool, 4th Floor, Gostins Building, Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4LN

London: Ada Lovelace Evening

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, we are holding a special Ada Lovelace Evening at the Government Art Collection on 16 October 2012, featuring a portrait of Ada Lovelace by Margaret Carpenter (1793-1872).

Two brief staff talks: ‘The History of Ada’s Portrait’ by curator Philippa Martin and ‘Modern Museum Databases’ by New Media Officer Tony Harris, will be followed by a tour of the Racking Area and Workshop.

The Government Art Collection’s Ada Lovelace Evening will start at 18.30 and will last for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Numbers are limited to 25 places, so booking is essential. Please book online, or alternatively telephone 020 7580 9120. Please note: for security reasons we require each attendee’s full name, but only the email address of the person booking the tickets.

Tickets: Free. Booking required.
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Government Art Collection, Queen’s Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PA
More info.

London: Ada Lovelace PubSci Special

On Tuesday 16th October we will have a PubSci special celebrating women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) hosted by Dr Rebekah Higgitt.

We will celebrate by having a variety of women at different stages of their STEM careers talking about what they do, their experiences as a female in STEM and the female figures that have inspired them. Then the floor will open for the usual exchange of ideas and quaffing of appropriately alcoholic beverages until time is called at the bar.

Join us at the Brixton Ritzy Upstairs Bar from 18:45ish for food, drink and a chat, ready for an 19:30 start. Oh yes, and as always entry is free!

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Upstair Bar, Ritzy Picturehouse, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG

London: Future of Web Apps London

A first-class conference for web and mobile developers and entrepreneurs, bringing together visionaries to discuss the technologies and platforms you should use to build the next generation of successful apps. This year, FOWA joins forces with Future of Mobile (FOM) giving you 2 conferences for the price of one!

On 16 October, we’ll be celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with a majority-women panel, led by Keri Lambden. Lambden is founder of Web Heroines, a non-profit aiming to increase the number of women in the UK (& beyond) involved in tech industries such as: web, mobile, programming, design, UX & UI. Web Heroines especially wants to inspire women to start businesses, get better jobs, increase their skills & not feel isolated!

So we are going to pose the question – ‘What is the Future of Technology and Apps?’ Which innovations will change the world? What trends of tomorrow will become everyday? Has technology peaked?

Hope to see you there!

Tickets: £144 – £995. Book now!
Date: 15-17 October
Time: 9.00am, 15 October until 5.00pm, 17 October
Venue: The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD

London: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikimedia UK, a charity that supports Wikipedia, is holding a Women in Science themed Wikipedia  Edit-a-Thon at the Royal Society. A Wikipedia editing session will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on the Women in Science theme.

If you know how to edit Wikipedia you can join remotely. Wikimedia and the Royal Society have already created a list of women who either need a new Wikipedia page, or whose page needs additional information adding to it, so you can get cracking with your research ahead of time. And it doesn’t matter where in the world you are – there is already a group of women in India who are joining in online!

Tickets: SOLD OUT
Date: 19 Oct 12
Time: Edit-a-thon 2.30pm – 6.00pm, panel discussion 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Venue: Royal Society, London

Nottingham: Newstead Abbey guided tour, 16 Oct 12

ALD Newstead Abbey Oct 2012

Visit partly-ruined Newstead Abbey, once home to poet Lord Byron, father of Ada Lovelace. Ada did visit the abbey many years after the death of her father, 6th Lord George Gordon Noel Byron, and visitors will have the opportunity of seeing his bedroom in very much the same setting as when she saw it. The many splendid rooms, medieval cloisters and stunning chapel will also be en-route to view, making for a very special experience. Guide Franklin Bishop will relate Ada’s story in detail, with lots of fascinating insights about her life and career.

Tickets: £5 per adult, available on the day from the Abbey shop
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: Tours will start at 12 noon, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm, and will last about 45 minutes
Venue: Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 8GE

Download the flyer.

Nottingham: 3-2-1 Ignition Schools Workshop

The 3-2-1 Ignition ‘pop-up shop’, which is using an empty city centre restaurant as a science education centre for three weeks, is celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with a series of activities for girls only. Full details TBC, but will include a series of group discussions, presentations and debates designed to address the question: What needs to change to encourage and support more girls and young women into STEM?

Tickets: Free, places must be booked in advance by emailing Hasmita.
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: Workshop for schools begins at 10.00am
Venue: Cornerhouse, Nottingham


Porto Alegre: Girl Geek Dinner Brazil – Ada Lovelace Day Special Edition

Girl Geek Dinners Brazil invites you to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day! We will meet to chat and watch some short presentations from women working in the tech. Whether you are currently working with technology or just interested, do come along. We warmly welcome Geek Boys as well, but we ask that boys come only if invited by a Geek Girl.

We have a limited amount of places, so if for any reason you have booked a place but can’t attend, please email us and we will release your ticket to people who are on the waiting list.

You can find more information on our Facebook page, our profile on Twitter and on our blog. See you there!

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 16 Oct 12

Time: 7.00pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks Brazil office / Escritório da ThoughtWorks BR, Av. Ipiranga, 6681, 99A – 14th Floor / 14 andar, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande Do Sul


Calgary: Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day in Calgary!

This year, ThoughtWorks is delighted to host this event for women in technology from across the city where we can share ideas in an informal and creative environment, and of course, mingle.

The event will begin with guest speakers Brandi Chuchman and Victoria MacLean. Brandi Chuchman is the Director of Cybermentor, a program that aims to inspire young girls in science and engineering fields through mentoring. Victoria MacLean, Co-founder of Beaucoo & AcceleratorYYC and President of Startup Calgary, will shed some light on the start-up scene in Calgary. There will also be some interesting lightning talks as well.

Finger food and beverages will be provided. For any inquiries, please email us.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks, Suite 1100, 600 6th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 0S5, Canada


Bogotá: Ada Lovelace Day in HackBo

Show biographies and stories about representative women (dead or alive) in engineering, science, technology or mathematics. Start discussions about women roles in technical and scientific spaces and how increase their participation. All this activities and discussions will happen while we enjoying a fondue.

Tickets: Free
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Calle 44 # 8-50 Apto 201, HackBo. Bogotá, Colombia


Milan: Girl Geek Dinners Milano Celebrates Ada Lovelace

Girl Geek Dinners Milano wants to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2012 with old and new friends! We will meet at the Hoepli International Bookstore in Milan where four wonderful women who built their career in some of the most important IT companies and in Academy will tell us more about themselves. The invitation is open to anyone who is interested in technology, computer science, mathematics, engineering. And after the presentation, we shall have a Milanese aperitivo!

Tickets: Free
Date: 19 Oct 12
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Hoepli International Bookstore, Via Ulrico Hoepli 5, 20121 Milan, Italy

Turin: Museo Piemontese dell’Informatica celebrate Ada Lovelace Day

Museo Piemontese dell’Informatica (MuPIn) will celebrate women’s role in technology on 16 October in Turin. Elia Bellussi will begin the evening with a brief presentation of Ada Lovelace’s life and achievements. There will then be a debate about women’s role in science and technology, with questions after. Speakers include Simona Ronchi, Della Rocca, Bice Fubini, Debora Fino, Anita Calcatelli and Cristina Bonin. MuPIn will then launch their programming contest for young women.

Tickets: Free
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Town Hall, Piazza Palazzo di Città, Turin

Vicenza: Ada Lovelace Day Brunch

ADA Lab (English) is a steampunk infolab with bed & breakfast in Vicenza, near Venice, Italy, which is dedicated to Ada Lovelace in particular and to women and hacking in general. ADA Lab will celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on the following Sunday, 21st October.

After the usual Sunday brunch (accompanied by a DJ-set), there will be a presentation of a book on the history of women involved in electronic music (including Ada herself!), a show with an electronic mini-orchestra revolving around the Fibonacci numbers and a series of live-set and dj-set organized by the Electronic Girls, an electronic label run by women.

Tickets: Free
Date: 21 Oct 12
Time: 11.30am
Venue: Via Btg. Framarin 42, Vicenza, Italy


IRC: KDE Tutorials on IRC

This year, Ada Lovelace Day will take place on October 16th and KDE will celebrate this date by promoting some activities to integrate more people, especially women, into our community. There will be tutorials on IRC (#kde-tutorials on – or Google Hangout (details will be posted by the coaches on IRC) on KDE tools and how to start get involved with the community.

Tickets: Free
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 2.00pm – 8.00pm UTC
Venue: IRC #kde-women – just show up at #kde-women on


Ljubljana: Ada Lovelace Day

This event is going to feature couple of short presentations ranging from scientific involvement through website programming to artistic projects supported by DIY technology. We hope to sit down and informally discuss options to create a forum of women involved or interested in floss & new media art.

Tickets: Free.
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Kiberpipa/Cyberpipe, Kersnikova 6, Ljubljana, Slovenija
More info.


Stockholm: Wikipedia Sweden Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia Sweden are having an edit-a-thon, or skrivstuga in Swedish, to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. Participants are invited to get together at Solidaritetshuset to jointly improve and create new articles about women who are or have been active in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Coffee, tea and sandwiches will be served. Those who aren’t able to attend in person are welcome to join in online.

Tickets: Free (sign up via Eventbrite)
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 4.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: Solidaritetshuset, 40 Tegelviksgatan, 11641, Sweden


Boston: Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Participants from around New England are invited to gather at Harvard Law School on Ada Lovelace Day to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields. No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary; as needed, tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Can’t make it in person? We also welcome remote contributions and have created a suggestion list of Wikipedia articles to be edited or added on the 16th. See our website for details!

Tickets: Free. Please email to RSVP.
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 3.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Harvard University Law School, Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center, Room 4062, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, USA
More info.

Chicago: ThoughtWorks Loves Ada!

An evening of networking with other STEM women in the Chicago area. In addition to networking, we will have the honor of hearing Dr. Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks CTO, speak and to participate in a number of themed break out sessions.

The Chicago event is one of several being hosted this day by ThoughtWorks offices across North and South America.

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: ThoughtWorks Chicago, 200 East Randolph Street, 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-6501

Florence: Ada Lovelace Day – Francis Marion University

We are inviting college students (and the public) to join in on a panel discussion of women’s achievements, adversities, and triumphs in science and math. Our panel consists of Francis Marion University faculty, scientists and mathematicians.

The Francis Marion University Rogers Library will also have information on Ada Lovelace on display throughout the week.

Tickets: Free
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 4.15pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Leatherman Science Facility Room LSF L202, Francis Marion University, 4822 East Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29506

Houghton: Ada Lovelace Day at Michigan Tech

Professor Martha Sloan and alumnae Michelle Eggert and Mary Long will be talking about their inspirations as women in STEM.

Tickets: Free
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Fisher 139, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

Houghton: The Gender Chip Project screening

The Women’s Film Series celebrates Ada Lovelace Day events by hosting a free screening of the Gender Chip Project. Join us for the film then listen as female faculty members from several Michigan Tech departments talk about what it is like to be a woman in STEM fields. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and connect with potential mentors.

Tickets: Free
Date: 17 Oct 12
Time: 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Fisher 135, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

San Francisco: Ada Lovelace Day San Francisco

We’re throwing a party in San Francisco so you can meet more women in STEM, get inspired by fascinating women in science, and have a great time!  Most of this event will be mingling and SHORT talks about Ada Lovelace and our work to support women in STEM.  If you’d like to write about your favorite woman in STEM for Ada Lovelace Day, you are welcome to bring your laptop and spend a few minutes blogging or improving her article on Wikipedia (we’ll help!).

We will provide light snacks and drinks.  People of all genders and interests are welcome to attend!

Tickets: Free. Book now!
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Wikimedia Foundation, 149 New Montgomery St, 6th floor, San Francisco, CA 94109

Seattle: Women in STEM Yarnbombing

Ada’s Technical Books, a technical book store specialising in new, used, & rare books on computers, electronics, physics, math, and science,  has commissioned an art project at its future store location – a yarn bombed house. On Ada Lovelace Day, they invite members of the community to come and add to the art project by stitching the name of an inspiring woman in STEM onto the house. Contact Ada’s Technical Books for further information.

Tickets: Free
Date: 16 Oct 12
Time: 4.30 – 7.30pm
Venue: Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave E. Seattle, WA 98112

Related events

We’re also getting info in about related event that aren’t specifically on or around Ada Lovelace Day. Details will be kept here until we do a more comprehensive calendar.


Online/London/Manchester: Science Grrl Calendar 2013

Scientists and science communicators have joined forces to showcase the diversity and range of career opportunities available to women in science. On 19 October 2012 a calendar will be sold to raise money for projects that break down gender stereotypes and encourage young women and girls to see science as an enriching, exciting and productive career choice.

Calendars go on sale at:

  • Science Museum, London
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • Online

Calendar: £12 (+p&p when bought online)
Canvas bag: £2 (online only)
Date: 19 Oct 12
Venue: Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD and Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP

London: The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards Ceremony

Join us as Gabby Logan announces this year’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year award winner.

This award seeks to highlight the achievements of women in engineering and encourage others to enter the profession.

The award ceremony is free to attend, but please register as places are limited. A drinks reception and buffet will follow, plus an exhibition from our sponsors with networking and career opportunities and a chance to meet the winners, past and present. To register and for more information please visit our website.

The IET is excited to be able to also offer one of our Women’s Network events, ‘The Women’s Sat-Nav to Success’, before the YWE ceremony. For more information and to register please visit our website.

Tickets: Free
Date: 6 Dec 12
Time: 6.00pm
Location: IET London: Savoy Place, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL
More info.


New York: Ladies Who Code Conference

Ladies Who Code exists to give women with technical expertise a place to share their wisdom and a community that fits them. For beginners who are excited and passionate, we provide encouragement, code reviews, professional advice, and role models to those who may not have previously seen themselves represented in the field. By celebrating women in tech, from Ada Lovelace to her modern counterparts, and creating a welcoming community, we can play a part in shifting the gender ratio in the field to a more balanced state.

The first Ladies Who Code Conference will be held on October 20th, 2012 in NYC. This one-day, one-track event will feature 6 keynotes including speakers: Molly Holzschlag (, Tracy Pesin (, and Vanessa Hurst (Girl Develop It), along with a handful of smaller presentations. We’re inviting 100+ attendees. Any proceeds we make will go directly back into future Ladies Who Code initiatives.

Tickets: $130. Book now!
Date: 20 Oct 12
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Venue: Bloomberg, 731 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Organise your own event

If you want to organise an Ada Lovelace Day event for 2013, whether a get together down the pub, a talk, a conference, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, or any other kind of event, now’s the time to get cracking. We will happily promote your event here on the website, via Twitter and in our newsletter and will shortly provide a form for you to fill in to let us know what you’re up to. Ada Lovelace Day is a grassroots movement, so you don’t need our permission to run an Ada Lovelace Day event, just get cracking and do what suits your community.

If you want to run an event, but aren’t sure where to start, see our handy tips for getting started.