Here’s a selection of a few great posts for Ada Lovelace Day – please leave a comment or email if I’ve missed anything brilliant.
Elsa Bartley, a web designer and developer, blogged on Robin Hunicke, a games designer and producer. Elsa says in her blog, “While at EA she worked on My Sims and Boom Blocks and their sequels before recently moving to ThatGameCompany, who developed the truly awesome Flower. She combines this with academic study on Artificial Intelligence and Video Games, building bridges between the theory and the application.”
Hannah Dee is a researcher and deputy chair of the British Computer Society’s Women’s Forum. She blogged about Julie Greensmith who’s a computing lecturer at Nottingham University. She says of Julie, “She’s doing research into artificial immune systems and into the nature of thrill. This second research direction has her covering people in electrodes, pointing cameras at them, and sticking them on roller coasters. All in the name of science.”
Terence Eden, who works at Vodaphone, blogged about Rachel Armstrong, who spans the science and technology fields and is a TED fellow. She’s currently researching a chemical that could stop Venice from sinking (blimey).
IT professional Heather Bodman wrote about Lynn Langit, the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. Heather writes, “Before joining Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist, Langit ran her own company, developing .NET applications and other Microsoft solutions in her capacity as Lead Architect. As a Developer Evangelist, Langit reaches out to the software development community in Southern California, both in person at talks and online through her blog, Contagious Curiosity.”
Mark Kobayashi-Hillary nominated Dame Wendy Hall, one of the best known names in computer science. For a list of her achievements read his post, but what’s really interesting about her is that, “She is a true technology visionary. She was using a version of what we know as the web, about 15 years before the rest of us caught up, and now she is leading international research efforts into the semantic web, the next generation internet.”
Alice Taylor wrote about “videogames genius” Margaret Robinson. “If you ask Margaret what she does, she often hesitates slightly, because she does so much within this huge field, and all of it so well: from games design itself, through to story architecture, troubleshooting, team design, strategy, business analysis, conference organising… you name it.”
And Cate Sevilla over on Bitchbuzz highlighted a handful of tech women worth knowing about, including Hermione Way, Twestival’s Amanda Rose, and TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacy.
So there were some great posts (including Katy Bairstow who wrote for us) on really impressive women – it was nice to see Twitter so busy with blogs like these.