Interactive storyteller Zoe Philpott came to Inspirefest 2018 with a new idea to inspire and inform – but first she needed the audience’s help.

Previous Inspirefest attendees will have recognised Zoe Philpott from the 2016 event where she both presented on the main stage and performed at the Fringe as Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.

Philpott wants to further the work she did telling Lovelace’s slice of STEM history and bring other forgotten women of historic significance into the spotlight. To do this, she is forming Ada’s Army, and she recruited the Inspirefest audience to help her with the first steps in this development.

“If we all get together and start updating history and create an inclusive history, we can own our future,” she said.


Words by Elaine Burke