Ada Lovelace Day is October 14th this year and Finding Ada is looking for sponsors to fund their Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2014 celebration. Adafruit is a sponsor- click here to donate! For more information on Ada Lovelace Day visit the Finding Ada site here.
This year, Ada Lovelace Day has some fantastic sponsorship opportunities on offer and we are very keen to find companies who want to support women in STEM. Our Indiegogo fundraiser has opportunities suitable for both individuals and companies, and we can put together a custom package for any company that is interested in something a bit different.
Our community is a passionate one, full of women in technology and science in particular, as well as men, many of whom have daughters whom they want to have the same opportunities growing up as they did.
We have a global reach through our mailing list and grassroots events, which are organised independently around the world. The mailing list has 33 percent of subscribers in the US, 21 percent in the UK and 21 percent distributed around the rest of the world. It’s a similar story with our website, with US visitors accounting for 46 percent of visits, the UK 26 percent, and another 40 countries making up the remainder. Our Twitter followers are ever so slightly more British, with 36 percent of our followers in the UK, 35 percent in the US, and the remainder spread out across over 70 other countries.
As a small volunteer-led organisation we punch well above our weight, getting widespread international press coverage on and around the day from the likes of Wired, BBC News, The Guardian, Huffington Post, the New Scientist, Forbes, National Geographic, BoingBoing, NBC News and Smithsonian.com.
This year, Ada Lovelace Day is partnering with the Royal Institution, who will be providing the venue and support for our event on 14 October 2014. We also appreciate the ongoing support of WPEngine who support this site.
Our partners in 2013 included Imperial College London and the Biochemical Society, and we also have ongoing relationships with many other organisations, both learned and grassroots, including the Women’s Engineering Society, BCSWomen, Who Made Your Pants, Element 14, Wikimedia UK Science Grrl, Trowelblazers and others.
We held a fantastic evening event in London on 15 October 2013 featuring some really amazing speakers and performers, including:
- Fran Scott, TV science demo inventor
- Professor Sophie Scott, neuroscientist
- Leila Johnston, technology writer and maker
- Professor Molly Stevens, bioengineer
- Hazel Gibson, geologist
- Chi Onwurah, MP
- Helen Arney, comedian (and compere)
We have achieved all this over the last four years with no budget at all. To really make the most of our opportunities in 2014, though, we need your financial help. If you would like to become a part of a movement that has tremendous grassroots support and every year sees such an amazing outpouring of goodwill, please visit our Indiegogo fundraising page.