We like nothing better than a history lesson here at t5m, which is why we all got so excited when we heard that today is ‘Ada Lovelace Day’. Now, you are totally forgiven if you’ve drawn a blank on this one – Ada hardly gets the press she deserves, but she is actually widely considered to be the world’s first computer programmer – even before any computer had been built. She worked with Charles Babbage who invented the idea of a programmable computer or ‘analytical engine’, which although was never built, Ada wrote scripts that could have run on it. She even predicted that computers would be used to make music one day. Seriously impressive for the 19th century.
And so, in commemoration of one of the first women in technology, the blogging community have pledged to blog about a woman in technology or science – not only to celebrate women’s contributions to the industry, but also to prove that people who work in technology aren’t all nerdy men who have difficulty talking to women! So, everyone is winner.
t5m favourites include Susan Kare who worked as a designer for the first Macintosh on it’s fonts, icons and interface, making the Mac such a groundbreaking achievement in user interface design, and the fabulously named ‘Mocha Momma’ for being a prolific and inspiring female blogger – being named in MSN’s first ever ‘best blogs’ list in 2005.
To see the full list of blogs taking part in Ada Lovelace day go to the Ada site and let us know which female in technology you would blog about.