Ada Lovelace and Beyond!

Preparations for this year’s Ada Lovelace Day are now fully under way and what an exciting event it looks to be! We were so delighted by the success of last year’s Wikipedia editathon that we have decided to adopt a similiar model for the 2014 event. Therefore, next Tuesday (14th October) we will be inviting members from all across the University community to come join us (and a trainer from Wikipedia) for an afternoon of editing and updating relevant entries for key women who have made significant contributions to world knowledge and understanding. We are excited to welcome Professor of Computer Science, Ursula Martin who will give a short presentation to launch the event and later the day’s activities will be positively postponed for the cutting of an Ada themed cake! Overall, the afternoon is intended to celebrate female achievements in the sciences whilst simultaneously marking the 199th birthday of the influential mathematician, Ada Lovelace. According to her own entry on Wikipedia, Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programmer, which is a remarkable attribute.

Next year to mark Ada’s 200th birthday, the Bodleian Libraries plan to coordinate and display a special Ada Lovelace exhibition. To ignite and inspire these discussions, we will be welcoming Ada Lovelace biographer, Betty A Toole to Oxford who will also be giving a talk on her book ‘Ada: The Enchantress of Numbers’. So as you can see, there are many fantastic things coming up before the #OxEngage programme lunchtime talks even begins! Keep an eye on the Engage blog and Facebook page to hear the latest news and updates. Browse through the full Engage programme here; we urge you to book soon to avoid disappointment!

To sign up to the Ada Lovelace editathon, please visit: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWOE

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Ada Lovelace portrait (public domain)

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