One week to go!

The tension is mounting here at ALD Towers with just one week to go until the big day! We have plenty of news to share with you, including an event in Liverpool, a new portrait of Ada, and some interviews with ALD founder Suw Charman-Anderson and Sydney Padua.

ALD Live! – Nearly sold out

We have an amazing line-up for Ada Lovelace Day Live! On the night there will be drinks and nibbles, plus entertainment and inspiration from Maggie Philbin, Dr Sue Black, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Gia Milinovich, Helen Arney, Helen Keen, Kate Smurthwaite and Sara Pascoe.

We are rapidly selling out so book your tickets now, while you still can! Ticket sales close on Wednesday 5 October at 12 noon BST.

ALD Android Extravaganza
Don’t forget that if you want to learn how to develop apps for Android, BCSWomen will be holding their workshop from 10am next Friday. Again, we have had huge interest for that, so book now if you want to go!

DoES Liverpool celebrates Ada Lovelace Day
To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, and to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship, DoES Liverpool has decided to hold an Open Day for women. On Friday the 7th October, all of the services of DoES Liverpool will be free for use by women. Use a hot desk for the day and have a welcoming place to work with power, wifi and tea & coffee available. If you’re a more crafty type use the facilities of their workshop to work on your projects, getting feedback and help from the other attendees.

To find out more, visit the DoES Liverpool website.

Wilder Street Studio co-working day
Another co-working space, Wilder Street Studio, is also opening its doors on 7th October to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. They provide chairs, tables, free wireless internet and a great open office space. You bring what you need to work with – bring a laptop, iPad or any other wireless internet device.

To find out more, visit the Wilder Street Studio website.

Imperica interviews Suw and Syd
Online magazine Imperica has two Ada Lovelace Day related features for you to read. The first is an interview with Suw Charman-Anderson, founder of Ada Lovelace Day, where she talks about how the day got started and where she hopes it will one day go. The second is an interview with Sydney Padua, the driving force behind The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

New Ada Lovelace Portrait
The Century Mountain Project is a collaboration between Chinese poet and calligrapher Huang Xiang and American artist William Rock. Together, they have created a new portrait of Ada Lovelace, which you can see in full on their website.

The calligraphy translates as:

Go to the dark kingdom and light a lamp
or the hearts of those that may follow will leap into their throats.

The unknown world is not for cowards;
Courage is the key to the forbidden.


She who plucks the jewels on a crown
Is a woman who offers the world gems of wisdom.

Don’t forget!
If you haven’t created a profile on the new website, please just pop over, click Join & Contribute, and fill in a few details. It won’t take more than a minute or so, and once you’re done you’re set to add your Ada Lovelace Day story next Friday!

The coming week is crucial in getting the word out to as many people as possible, so please do help us spread the word. There are plenty of ideas for doing that on the site.

Posted in Ada Lovelace Day 2011.

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