Two weeks to go until Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day itself is fast approaching – we’re just two weeks away now.

Please remember that you can talk about your tech heroine in any medium you choose: blog, video, podcast, newspaper column… the choice is up to you. Your contribution can be as long or as short as you wish, in any language, and can be published any time on 24th of March, regardless of time zone.

On the day, please use this to tag on your post, video, podcast etc.:

  • ALD09post

And if you’d like to link to us, we’re on the web here:

We’ve some exciting last-minute news brewing, so please do keep an eye out for our next announcement!

In the meantime, why not pop along to the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast to hear Aleks Krotoski, Emily Bell, Jemima Kiss and I talk about women in tech.

Finally, we currently have 1386 people signed up to the pledge. Can we hit 2000 before the 24th? Please do continue to spread the word and see if we can’t find another 614 people over the next two weeks.

Bursaries available for LISA conference

If you’re a female computer scientist interested in going to UKUUG’s Large Installation Systems Administration conference in London on 24-26 March, but you haven’t got the money to go, Google are offering two bursaries of up to £500.

To be eligible for a conference grant candidates must:

* Be a developer or a student in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or technical field related to Large Installation Systems Administration.
* Be maintaining a strong academic background with demonstrated leadership ability.
* Attend both days of the UKUUG conference.

Deadline for applications is Friday 13th February.

So who wants to do a nice shiny mash-up?

I’ve been thinking about how we might keep track of all the Ada Lovelace Day blog posts, podcasts etc., and have had a number of emails from people thinking the same thing. Initially I was thinking perhaps a Delicious tag and an RSS feed, but surely there’s a more visually exciting way to do it than that!!

So, what about a map mash-up? Can we set something up so that people can locate themselves on a map, link to their post and state who they’re talking about? I think the minimum info that I’d like to collect would be:

  • geolocation
  • language
  • URL for blog post, video, audio, etc.
  • name of blog or blogger
  • name of woman featured

What would be the best way to do this? And is there someone out there willing to build something for us? It’d be good to have a permanent archive of the day and a visual representation of all the posts. Please use the comments to discuss your ideas.

Let’s make a really big splash!

The last couple of weeks, since launching Ada Lovelace Day, has been bonkers. I originally worried that we wouldn’t find enough people to sign the pledge, but it took just seven days to get 1000 signatories and we now stand at 1183. That’s fabulous, but we’ve got 62 days left before the pledge completes. Surely we can find another few thousand people willing to sign up?

I want to make a really big splash on 24th March, so even though the pledge target has been met, let’s keep on spreading the word and recruiting new bloggers, podcasters, video bloggers, Seesmicer, Twitterers and, hey, even journalists!

Here are a few things you might like to do:

  • Blog about Ada Lovelace Day: Dozens, possibly hundreds, of people have already written about Ada Lovelace Day, for which I’m very grateful. But if you haven’t yet mentioned it, please do.
  • Put the pledge badge on your blog.
  • Tell your friends. If you know someone who might be interested, let them know!
  • Tell your local media outlets. Can’t hurt to try and get a bit of press, can it?
  • Invite your Facebook network. There’s an event page on Facebook, but we also need people to sign the pledge as well.
  • Go crazy mad with the social bookmarking: Digg it, Reddit, Delicious it, just get it out there.
  • Twitter a link: Let’s have a big push on Twitter to get the word out to our communities!

How else can we spread the word? Let me know in the comments, and let’s get as many people as possible to join us all on Ada Lovelace Day.

Ada Lovelace Day needs you

We are just 95 signatories off reaching our target of 1000 people, all promising to blog about a woman they admire on 24 March 2009. I had originally been a bit worried that we wouldn’t see 13 people per day sign up, but the reaction to the pledge has been just awe inspiring. Now my aim is to get 1000 people within the first seven days – which means that we have to reach our target by 10pm tonight, GMT.

If you haven’t signed the pledge, please do. If you haven’t blogged about it or Twittered about it yet, please do. We have less than twelve hours to hit the target!