For my mom on Ada Lovelace Day
By amysampleward on March 24, 2010
Today (March 24th) is Ada Lovelace Day, “an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.” People around the world are sharing stories about women in technology and science via blogs, Twitter and other social media, as well as coming together offline for events in various countries (you can find events on the FindingAda.com site).
Want to join in? Sign the pledge, add your post to the list, and get connected: http://findingada.com
My Ada Lovelace Day Story
For as long as I can remember, my mom was the one to step up first to any technology problem or opportunity in our house growing up. Whether it was changing computers, cameras, cd players, or anything else, she was there with an attitude of, “let’s make this work!” She was the one that took me to the overnight events at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) where I had my first go at building robots. She never sat me down or said anything overtly; but it was her consistent behavior and example that got me started down this path.
In school, and still to this day, when I think I’ve been stumped by the very tool I’m using I think of her, and think that she wouldn’t accept losing like that! I know I can figure it out, one way or another!
A huge, heartfelt thanks to you, mom, for always taking the stance that with enough trying and thinking, technology is mine for the mastering!
How to Connect with Women In Technolgy
Want to connect with other women in technology – learn and share, network and build friendships? Here are a couple great ways to join the community:
Women Who Tech Telesummit – “brings together talented and renowned women breaking new ground in technology who use their tech savvy skills to transform the world and inspire change. We provide a supportive network for the vibrant and thriving community of women in technology professions by giving women an open platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights.”
She’s Geeky – “he brainchild of Kaliya Hamlin, She’s Geeky gives women in technology an opportunity to get together and discuss the unique issues they face in their respective fields. Hosting unConferences across the United States, She’s Geeky aims to inspire women technologists in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, provide a space for women geeks to create enduring communities, and foster collaboration and innovation among peers.”
What do you think?
What is your Ada Lovelace story? How have you connected with other women in technology or science to learn or collaborate or build community?