October 13th is Ada Lovelace Day. This day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).
Why does this day matter though? Suzi Gage explains it over at The Guardian. It’s all about highlighting and celebrating the women working in STEM, and providing role models for the next generation of girls.
To learn more about Ada Lovelace herself, considered by most to be the first ever computer programmer, you can head over to the BBC, as they have a few articles and programmes about her. If you’re in London, you can visit a new exhibition at the Science Museum. Hannah Fry talks about Ada’s life, and if you’re in the UK, you can still catch the documentary “Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing” on BBC iPlayer (until this Saturday), which I recommend.
The above comic strip, found over at sydneypadua.com, is the start of a fantastic origin story of Lovelace and Babbage. It’s set in a steampunk-esque time, is not entirely true to real life, but is a thrilling adventure.
But remember, we are not just celebrating the work of Ada Lovelace, we also need to look after the Ada’s of the future. Onwards!