Finding The Next Ada : Celebrating The Countess Of Lovelace

Women in Technology are being celebrated around the world as the tech community reflects on the Ada Lovelace Day, the brainchild of a software consultant.

Suw Charman-Anderson asked 1000 other people to publish a blog about a woman in technology that they admire, following what she will also do the same.

Nearly 1700 participants have signed to the pledge although only 400 posts are live. The deadline for submitting the post is at 2359 tonight.

Although the 24th of March doesn't appear to have any significance in the life of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (she was born on the 10th of December 1815 and died on the 27th of November 1852 aged only 36), this date was chosen to remember her and countless other women who have made the male dominated world of technology theirs.

She was credited with creating the first computer program (effectively becoming the first computer programmer) for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine while translating a memoir for the latter. She also foresaw the uses of such a device, saying that "the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent".

She remains part of the tech culture as a computer language (ADA) that was created by the US Defense Department.

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Our Comments

Our choice for our woman in technology would have to be Marissa Mayer, the VP of search products and user experience at Google, probably one of the most powerful (and great looking) women in technology ever. She was the first female engineer to join Google at the tender age of 23 and is currently the one who determines what products at Google are ready to be launched.

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