Here’s what Suw had to say…
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.
Who is Ada Lovelace (also known as Ladyada)?
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented.
Ada had been taught mathematics from a very young age by her mother and met Babbage in 1833. Ten years later she translated Luigi Menabrea’s memoir on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, appending notes that included a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the machine – the first computer programme. The calculations were never carried out, as the machine was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.
Understanding that computers could do a lot more than just crunch numbers, Ada suggested that the Analytical Engine “might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.” She never had the chance to fully explore the possibilities of either Babbage’s inventions or her own understanding of computing. She died, aged only 36, on 27th November 1852, of cancer and bloodletting by her physicians.
Ladyada is also the name of Limor Fried, the engineer around these parts… so in celebration of Ladyada day, we are having a sale!
- AdaLovelaceDay09 for Delicious, Technorati etc…
- #ALD09 for Twitter hashtags
Happy Ada day sale!
Use code ladyada on check out and get 10% off your order… you can get 10% off the following ladyada designed kits! If you know a young woman or girl who just needs that tiny spark to inspire them for a lifetime of science and engineering, fun electronics kits from adafruit industries are a great way to go!
- MintyBoost Kit
- Triple SpokePOV Kit + Dongle + 2 Magnets
- MiniPOV 3 Kit
- Digg button kit
- USBtinyISP AVR Programmer Kit (USB SpokePOV Dongle)
- Adafruit Proto Shield for Arduino Kit
- DC Boarduino (Arduino Clone) Kit (w/ATmega328)
- TV-B-Gone Kit
- Adafruit Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield for Arduino kit
- Adafruit Ethernet (XPort/WIZnet) shield for Arduino kit
- Conway’s Game of Life Kit
- USB Boarduino (Arduino clone) Kit
- YBox2 Kit
- Adafruit GPS logger shield kit
- SIM Reader kit
- Drawdio kit
- XBee Adapter kit
- Fuzebox Kit