14 facts about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer

14 Oct 2014

Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer. Images via Wikimedia Commons

Ada Lovelace Day today is calling on everyone to tout the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We also take a closer look at the woman for whom the day is named.

Ada Lovelace Day falls in mid-October in order to make the day as convenient as possible for most people.

“We have tried to avoid major public holidays, school holidays, exam season, and times of the year when people might be hibernating,” the Finding Ada website says.

Finding Ada encourages everyone to take part in Ada Lovelace Day by writing a blog post about a woman or women in STEM who have made admirable achievements.

When the blog post is ready, the writer may add it to the list on the Finding Ada site, and visitors may browse the list to see who inspires other people.

Because Ada Lovelace Day falls on 14 October this year, we have created an infographic that presents 14 facts about the world’s first computer programmer.

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

Don’t miss our Innovation Ireland Forum on 24 October in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic