E&T supports Ada Lovelace Day with open day and video report for bloggers

The IET will support the aims of Ada Lovelace Day on Wednesday March 24 2010 with the release of a video report explaining the contribution and importance of the Countess of Lovelace in the field of engineering; and an  open day at Savoy Place, the London home of the IET - where some of the original correspondence between Lovelace, Charles Babbage and Michael Faraday will be on display.

The first Ada Lovelace Day was held on 24th march 2009 and was a huge success. It attracted nearly 2000 signatories to the pledge and 2000 more people who signed up on Facebook. Over 1200 people added their post URL to the Ada Lovelace Day 2009 mash-up. The day itself was covered by BBC News Channel, BBC.co.uk, Radio 5 Live, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Metro, Computer Weekly, and V3.co.uk, as well as hundreds of blogs worldwide.

In 2010, Ada Lovelace Day will again be held on 24th March and the target is to get 3072 people to sign the pledge and blog about their tech heroine.

Ada Lovelace Day is organised by Suw Charman-Anderson, with design and development support from TechnoPhobia and hosting from UKHost4U.

“In 2010, Ada Lovelace Day is building on the success of last year with several events worldwide,” said Charman-Anderson, "including Dresden, Copenhagen, Montreal, and Brazil. It's great to see these offline events as that's where relationships with role models and mentors can be more easily fostered. We still have a long way to go to raise the profile of women in tech, science and engineering -- there are still many women whose contributions go unnoticed. I hope that Ada Lovelace Day will inspire women worldwide to celebrate their own achievements as well as those of other women and that it will encourage them to be more vocal and active within their communities."

To commemorate Ada Lovelace Day E&T has produced a special video report which bloggers will be able to encode into their posts.

Additionally, some of the original correspondence between Lovelace, Michael Faraday and Charles Babbage will be on display at the library at Savoy Place between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

The Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) was an associate and proponent of Charles Babbage and his work on the Difference Engine - which is widely considered to be the ancestor of the modern computer.

Originally envisaged as a calculating machine, Lovelace envisaged that its use could extend beyond the realm of mathematics. To demonstrate her theory, she wrote the first programs for Babbage's Difference Engine - even though the device was never constructed in Babbage's or Lovelace's lifetime.

Additionally, Lovelace corresponded regularly with the most respected engineers and scientists of her time - including Michael Faraday, the father of modern electronics.

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