Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating Women in Technology
Celebrating Ada Lovelace, Who Wrote the First Computer Programs
Tomorrow is Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in tech. The timing of this is good, since Dr. Barbara Liskov was just in the news for rocking the AM Turing Award.
Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless.
If women need female role models, let’s come together to highlight the women in technology that we look up to. Let’s create new role models and make sure that whenever the question “Who are the leading women in tech?” is asked, that we all have a list of candidates on the tips of our tongues.
My female tech heroes:
Real life: Charel Margison-Evans of thinkSmart: the person who guided me into the world of tech when I could barely find the on/off switch on that mysterious beige tower, teaching me to program in the (now-defunct) MachOne... batch programming to magnetic tapes. Hey, it actually wasn't all that long ago.
She can teach someone to program while doing a crossword puzzle... simultaneously.
To this day, when working on a particularly difficult problem here at NowPublic, I actually hear her voice as one part of my ongoing internal debate-and-troubleshoot process, which is funny, since she speaks with a heavy Glaswegian accent. Joseph Chaikin once said something like, "Once you meet someone, they're always in the room with you, no matter where you go".
She's not famous or anything, but she's my tech hero.
My fictional female tech hero: Kaylee Frye.
Who's your female tech hero?