Can you remember the first time you turned on a computer? Most people don't so let's make it easier.
Do you remember the first computer game you played? I do. It was the lovely Carmen Sandiego and I LIVED for the moments in 2nd grade when we had "computer time". Well, I was happy for anything that allowed me to spend time away from the cramped desks and glue eaters of Seaton Elementary.
If you are reading this post, thank you. But, I also want you to take the time to thank Ada Lovelace.
Ada Lovelace Day is a celebration of all women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Let's learn more about who she was.
Ada Lovelace, inspired by her friend Charles Babbage assisted in the creation what many may call the first computer program. Supporting Babbage during his plans and development of the "Analytical Engine", she helped expand and transcribe articles about the idea. Not to take away from the contributions of others who worked on the project, Lovelace's writings were the most comprehensive and the first to be published; which is why she is often referred as "the first computer programmer".
The Analytical Engine remained a vision, until Lovelace’s notes became one of the critical documents to inspire Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940's.
I met Shireen Mitchell back in 2011 while working with NCWO and I haven't stopped bugging her since! She founded Digital Sisters (DS), Inc., a 501(C)3 non-profit organization created to promote and provide technology education and enrichment for women and children who are traditionally underserved and has a number of future projects on the horizon.
Working on various projects with her over the years, I have learned so much about how to be a black woman navigating the tech space and knowing when to stand your ground. I even took up her trademark style of the placement of name badges!
Featured as Fast Company's Women in Tech 2010, she's a force to be reckon with...and I'm thankful she is here. :)What's Next?
We are all aware of the fact that women benefit from having female role models more than men do from having males. Organizations like Black Girls Code, Girl Develop It, and GirlsWhoCode are taking big strides breaking down barriers that exist for women and training a new generation. But it doesn't stop there. Today, there is a huge push on recognizing the efforts of women and their contributions.
In recognition for how AWESOME her contributions are for us all, women are celebrating all over the world.
I've already chosen the woman/organization I'm going to add to Wikipedia.
What about you?
Happy Ada Lovelace Day!
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