I was going to craft some clever little post today, singling out a woman in the tech field who was worth paying attention to, all for the sake of celebrating the iconic Ada Lovelace – but I’m lazy and busy and was, frankly, overwhelmed with what the folks at AdaFruit Industries have been doing today:
Each hour we are featuring a woman we admire who is currently doing amazing work right in the tech/maker/art/science space.
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging (videologging, podcasting, comic drawing etc.!) to draw attention to the achievements of women in technology and science. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognized. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines, whatever they do. It doesn’t matter how new or old your blog is, what gender you are, what language you blog in, or what you normally blog about – everyone is invited.
Who was Ada? Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.
I can’t match that.
If I did actually write up a post of my own it would have been about AdaFruit Industries founder and engineer, the astonishing Limor Fried (aka LadyAda) for everything she is doing to promote open source electronic maker culture.
Check out what she is doing on the AdaFruit site – it’s just brilliant. I’ve already bought some of their awesome kits – the Minty Boost and the Drawdio – and I’m saving up to get myself an Ice Tube Clock too. And every Saturday night their live streamcast Ask An Engineer, is skull explodingly fun if you’re into geeky electronics and sullen black cats.
Okay – that’s it for me – Happy Ada Lovelace Day.
P.S. I’m not alone in my appreciation of Limor Fried on this Ada Lovelace Day – others have blogged about her too – the best of them was Tim O’Reilly’s post.