The BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (was the British Computer Society) recently launched the Information Pioneers campaign to raise awareness of five “often forgotten” pioneers: Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Sir Clive Sinclair, Hedy Lamarr and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Each has a short film about them, so here’s Ortis Deley from The Gadget Show talking about Ada.
Ada Lovelace Day is winding down a bit now. We will leave the mash-up open for the next few days to pick up any final stragglers and then I’ll do an analysis of the data and we’ll publish our final top 20.
Meantime, there are a lot of people who pitched in to make Ada Lovelace Day 2010 the success that it was:
Thanks to everyone at TechnoPhobia who helped revamp the site, particularly Danny Hawkins and Saul Cozens who worked tirelessly to keep everything up and running yesterday as well as working really hard in the run-up to ALD10. Thanks too to Tony Kennick for his invaluable contribution, and to Gill Birchmore, Diane Bedford, Martin Waite and everyone else at TechnoPhobia.
Thanks to Paul and Will at UKHost4U who pulled out all the stops to keep the site live and to get us back up and running when the volume of traffic threatened to overwhelm us.
Thanks to Lloyd Davis and Brian Condon at the Centre for Creative Collaboration for supporting our event last night.
Thanks to Maggie Berry from Women in Technology for her support, advice and help, and to Grace Ross for helping out at the event. Thanks to Maggie Philbin for her support and for being our opening speaker.
My list of thanks wouldn’t be complete without one person. They say that behind every great woman stands a great man, and the support that my husband, Kevin, has given me over the last few months has been amazing. Thank you, Kevin, for always being there when I needed you.
Finally, thanks to everyone else who helped out in some way, who organised events, helped promote the day, provided feedback and supported the cause in some way. And thank you to everyone who took part – it would have been rather dull without you!
Huge thanks to everyone who came to the ALD10 Potluck Unconference last night at the Centre for Creative Collaboration! It was a really great evening with Maggie Philbin kicking things off in great style and many others speaking eloquently about their heroine.
Thanks to Lloyd Davis and Brian Condon for inviting us to use the space and for their support and help. Brian streamed the event live and, for those of you who missed it, here’s the video:
Further thanks to Maggie for her support, to Maggie Berry from Women in Technology for helping organise and Grace Ross for her help on the day.
Ada Lovelace Day is also a part of the European Commission’s eSkills Week, a series of events across Europe seeking to ” highlight the growing demand for skilled ICT users and professionals to drive a competitive and innovative Europe”. Although the week itself was at the beginning of March, there are still activities going on through April. Take a look at their News and Events page for more, or follow them on Twitter, or via their blog or podcast.
If you don’t have your own blog, feel free to leave your post about a woman in tech, science or engineering that you admire here, in the comments.