Write about a woman in technology for Ada Lovelace day

It’s not that long until this year’s Ada Lovelace day on March 24th, so I thought it would be worth mentioning it here. It’s an annual international day of blogging to support women in technology, and will see people all over the world blogging about a woman in technology they admire.

The aim is to increase awareness of the women in IT who are already doing great things, and bring a positive slant to the debate surrounding the lack of gender balance in tech.

Suw Charman-Anderson, who blogs for Computer Weekly on the social enterprise blog, came up with the idea and got nearly 2,000 people joining in last time.

Ada’s full name was Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (I’m so jealous of that name) and she’s credited with being the first ever computer programmer. She wrote programmes for the analytical engine that Charles Babbage invented.

Last year we featured a list of high-profile women we admire, so this year I am hoping to find some less well-known women. I have a list of names which I’m going to start working through, and as mentioned before, anyone you know in IT who you think should be featured, let me know on Rebecca.thomson@rbi.co.uk.

You can sign up for Ada Lovelace day on the website. If you don’t have a blog and want somewhere to post it, you can send it to me if you like and I’ll put it up here.

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