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Tuesday, October 11th is celebrated as Ada Lovelace Day (ALD)

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

The Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Its goal is to raise the profile of women in STEM and, by doing so, create new role models that will encourage more young people to pursue STEM careers and support women who already do so.

Founded in 2009 by Suw Charman-Anderson, it is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October, in which women dedicated to STEM give brief talks about their work or research in an informal theater-like setting.

But who was Ada Lovelace after all?

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace collaborated with British inventor Charles Babbage on his general-purpose computer, the "Analytical Engine". In 1843, Lovelace published what we would now call a computer program to generate Bernoulli numbers (a sequence of rational numbers used in number theory). While Babbage had written program fragments before, Lovelace's was the most complete, elaborate, and the first to be published.

More importantly, Lovelace was the first person to envision the creative potential of the "Analytical Engine". She explained how it could do much more than just calculate numbers, and could potentially create music and art, with the right programming and inputs. Her vision of the possibilities of computing was unmatched by any of her peers and went unnoticed for a century.

As a recent tribute, the Cardano blockchain currency is named "ADA" in honor of Lovelace.

At Suris Code, we join this international celebration and want to encourage more women to choose science and technology to empower their profession and unleash their creativity. That's why we invite women students with software development skills to learn about the benefits we can offer.

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