Around the globe local groups organise independent events to mark Ada Lovelace Day, which this year is on Tuesday 9 October 2018. Every year, there are dozens of independent events organised around the world. If you want to run your own ALD event this year, take a look at our Organisers Pack, which is full of tips, inspiration and resources.
We work all year round to support and inspire girls and women studying or working in STEM fields. So far we have:
- Published two anthologies of essays about women in STEM, A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention and More Passion for Science: Journeys into the Unknown
- Produced a free education pack for teachers of 11-14 year olds, including four free, downloadable posters
- Launched a line of merchandise including posters, spiral-bound notebooks and hardback journals
- Recorded a monthly podcast for two years, archives still available
- Created a resources database of relevant organisations, funding, publications, media coverage and educational resources
- Published free crochet patterns for dolls of women in STEM
- Run our first online careers fair for women in STEM
This year Ada Lovelace Day is 10 years old, so we want to:
- Run a huge outreach campaign to encourage more people to organise their own ALD events
- Publish free colouring sheets for young children
- Expand our range of crochet patterns
- Provide more careers advice for women in STEM
- Run another careers fair
We wouldn't be able to even think about this if we hadn't had your consistent support over the years, so thank you!
You’re supporting even more than thatBy donating to us here on Patreon, you are also funding our other activities, including:
- All the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing Ada Lovelace Day Live each year
- Talks about women in STEM and Ada Lovelace, which Suw gives to schools and at public events for free throughout the year
- Giving help and advice to grassroots events organisers
- Giving interviews and information about both Ada Lovelace and the Day to TV, radio and print journalists and researchers
The more support we get, the more help we can provide women in STEM. So the more you give, the more we can do!
If you want to learn more about what we do, then take a look at our End of Year Reports!
Who was Ada Lovelace?Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer, writing and publishing a program to calculate Bernoulli numbers for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer that was never built.
In 1842 Lovelace translated a short article describing the Analytical Engine by the Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea, for publication in England. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood the machine so well”. The final article is over three times the length of the original and contains several early ‘computer programs,’ as well as strikingly prescient observations on the potential uses of the machine, including the manipulation of symbols and creation of music.