Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in science, technology, engineering and math. And since we like all of those things, and women doing them, we thought we’d have a toast on the Kalamuna roofdeck here in Oakland. Pictured here are account manager Esther Vincent, and developers AmyJune Hineline and Katy Pool. So who was Ada Lovelace? Read on.
Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer
An English writer and mathematician, she studied friend Charles Babbage’s mechanical general-purpose computer, the “analytical engine.” Her notes on the project, written 1842-43, describe the first algorithm to be executed by the machine, and it is for these notes that she is honored as the first computer programmer.
Painting of Ada Lovelace at a piano in 1852 by Henry Phillips. From Wikipedia.
Ada Lovelace Day was started in 2009 by writer and activist Suw Charman-Anderson. It is now held every year on the second Tuesday of October and includes events around the world. Everyone at Kalamuna wishes you a Happy Ada Lovelace Day. Cheers to all the women making the Internet!
To read more about Ada Lovelace Day, check out it’s online headquarters at http://findingada.com/.