BCS Women invites you to their Festival of Wikipedia for Ada Lovelace day

Watercolor portrait of Ada Lovelace

Watercolor portrait of Ada Lovelace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BCS Women, part of the Chartered Institute for IT, will be holding a Festival of Wikipedia to celebrate Ada Lovelace day this year. The festival will see volunteers adding and update Wikipedia entries on women in computing.

Taking place in association with Wikimedia UK and Suw Charman-Anderson of Finding Ada, the event will take place on 3 October in London and Edinburgh, and 5 October in Southampton. Ada Lovelace day will take place on 15 October.


Gillian Arnold, chair of BCS Women, said: “The lack of women entering the profession is a very real threat for the industry and UK plc. This Festival, which will see the volunteers adding, updating and improving Wikipedia entries of women in computing, is just one element of the work that BCS does in setting the gold standard for diversity in the profession.


“It’s vital that we reach out to more young women to encourage them to see what an amazing career IT offers and to build the pipeline of skills in the industry.  With a diverse mix in the working population, the UK IT sector can capitalise on the promise of additional profits and innovation that diversity can bring.”

Sarah Burnett, the event organizer from BCS Women adds: “The festival creates a record of all the good work that women in IT do which is important for helping to inspire the next generation of women IT professionals. We are grateful for Wikimedia UK and Finding Ada for their help and cooperation with the events.”

More information about the events dates and locations can be found at the BCSwomen events page.


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If such a thing had existed Ada Lovelace would have been a Nobel Laureate. Her contribution to modern computing comes across most strongly in her translation and annotation of the notes on the analytical engine by L. Menabrea. The maths is far beyond me but her understanding and description of the machine's methods and the creation of terms such as variable, function and operation, and the importance of iteration, made my jaw drop when I first read it. She even touches on the use of computing for non-numeric things such as music. She is now celebrated but her influence is much more profound than she has been credited with even now. With her and Grace Hopper as leading examples, women must be encouraged to follow IT as a career. Good luck!

The book is 'Charles Babbage' by Philip and Emily Morrison 0-486-24691-4 (1961) pp 225 - 295