Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the legacy and life of Ada Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), who is considered to be the first computer programmer in the world. This day also celebrates women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM).
Amazing events and activities are happening around the world, including among Wikipedia contributors. Today two editing events took place that aimed to increase content about women in science on Wikipedia, one at Solidaritetshuset in Stockholm, Sweden, and another at Harvard University. Tonight, in San Francisco, we’ll celebrate with a party hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Ada Initiative, a non-profit named after the Countless of Lovelace that supports women in open technology and cultural fields
Friday, there are two more important international events. Wikimedia UK is coordinating an edit-a-thon focused on women in science, which will be hosted at The Royal Society of London. In India, Wikipedia editors are organizing an online event where participants will focus their editing on Indian women scientists. We’ll be sure to share successes and stories from these events in the upcoming weeks.
Is there a woman in the tech world that you find inspiring? How are you celebrating the legacy of Ada Lovelace this week? Let us know in the comments.
Sarah Stierch, Community Fellow