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ALD Live tickets - grab the remaining few!
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Ada Lovelace Day begins!

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on Kiritimati Island, Ada Lovelace Day has just begun. Also known as Christmas Island, the coral atoll is situated in the Line Islands and is a part of the Republic of Kiribati. It lies 14 hours ahead of GMT/UTC, but doesn’t adjust its clocks for summer time so it is currently 13 hours ahead of the UK, which is still on British Summer Time.

The day of 14 October continues for a mindbending 50 hours, until midnight on Baker Island and Howland Island, two uninhabited atolls which are actually further west than Kiritimati Island but which sit on the other side of the International Date Line. Both islands are 12 hours behind GMT/UTC, or 13 hours behind BST.

This gives you a full 50 hours to write a blog post about a woman in science, technology, engineering and maths and add it to our list!

Join in online

If you’re wondering what to do next, do not fret! Just follow these simple steps to become a part of our worldwide celebration of women in STEM: 

Yes, it really is that simple!

Ada Lovelace Day events at the Royal Institution, 14 October: Last chance to get tickets!

Ada Lovelace Day for Schools at the Ri tomorrow afternoon is sold out, but there's still a chance to get one of the remaining tickets for our flagship ALD Live! science cabaret in the evening. Tickets will be on sale online until 6.30pm, and then, if there's any left, they will be on sale at the door until the event starts at 7pm.

So take this last chance to join Roma Agrawal, Caro C, Dr Hannah Fry, Konnie Huq, Naomi Kashiwagi, Dr Turi King, Steph Troeth, Dr Helen Czerski and Helen Arney for an amazing evening of science, engineering, maths, music and comedy at the Royal Institution!

Ada Lovelace Day on the Theory of Everything

Listen to Suw talking to Benjamen Walker at the Theory of Everything talking about Ada Lovelace Day, and Ada herself.

Gramophonic (Lovelace Remix) - Live!

Musician and artist Naomi Kashiwagi talks to Laura Wheeler from Digital Science about her upcoming performance at Ada Lovelace Day Live.  

Naomi says thought that the event, “would be an exciting and inquisitive opportunity to research into, produce and perform something new that’s site specific, draws upon the work of Ada Lovelace and illuminates the relationship between STEM subjects and the arts”. 

We hope you are as excited about hearing Naomi’s remix as we are!

More grassroots events around the world

This year we have had more independently organised events than ever before, in the UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey and the USA! Here is this week's crop: 
  • Edinburgh: Celebrating Edinburgh Napier University’s Women in STEM. An evening reception celebrating the achievements of Edinburgh Napier University’s female staff and students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine on Ada Lovelace Day. The keynote address will be given by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, renowned astrophysicist and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Tickets: Free! 14 Oct, 6.30—9.15pm, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2PQ.

  • London: Celebrating Women in Technology. This October SCHS is celebrating Ada Lovelace. We are bringing together some of the most prestigious people in technology to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by speaking about the digital industry and teaching code. More info. Tickets: Free, 14 Oct, 9am-4pm, Streatham & Clapham High School, 42 Abbotswood Rd, London SW16 1AW, United Kingdom.

  • London: Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day - Involving Schools. Join the University of East London for a seminar, open to all those involved in the school of education. Tickets: Free! 14 Oct, 4.15—6pm, University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, E14 5LZ; School of Education and Communities.

  • London: Celebrate Ada Lovelace day at University of East London. Celebrate Ada Lovelace day at the University of East London and champion female achievement in STEM subjects. The Cass School of Education and Communities has organised a meeting for interested students, which feature at least three presentations – including from current trainee teachers – all about teaching ICT in schools. Tickets: Free! 14 Oct, 4.15pm—5.30pm, Room 1.05, East Building, University of East London, University Way, London E16 2RD.

  • London: Women Who Code London's "Let's Have a Lovely Chat About Forms". If forms are your favourite too, then come along to share your enthusiasm. If you’re not that into forms but have some knotty forms challenges to solve, then you’re also welcome. It will start with a brief introduction to a three-layer model of the form. Then we’ll all work through a form or two, deciding how to tackle some of the issues we find. Expect to join in with a lively discussion on the best practices in ux of forms. More info. Tickets: Free. Book now! 14 Oct, 6.30—9pm, ThoughtWorks UK Office, 9th Floor, Berkshire House, 168 - 173 High Holborn, London.

  • London: Codebar Workshop. Join Codebar in celebrating Ada Lovelace Day! Codebar provides free computer programming workshops and mentoring to women, LGBTQ and other under-represented communities in the tech industry. Learn how to create your own website and more – all levels welcome from complete beginners to career programmers. Places are limited so sign up to receive an invitation to our workshop. Tickets: Free. Book now! 15 Oct, 6.30—9pm, Made by Many, Diespeker Wharf, 38 Graham Street, London, N1 8JX.

  • London: Ada Lovelace Special. A PubSci event curated by Melissa Marr will showcase the achievements of women in STEM via our annual Ada Lovelace evening. To celebrate we will be bringing together researchers from a range of fields to share their experiences and research, and talk about what inspired them to enter science. Among them are Dada Gottelli (Zoologist and Chief Technician at the Institute of Zoology), Natasha Almeida (Doctoral Researcher in Meteorics, Natural History Museum), Eileen Cox (Head of Postgraduate Studies, Natural History Museum). Tickets: Free. Book now! 15 Oct, 7—9pm, The Old King's Head, 47-49 Borough High St, SE1 1NA.

  • Manchester: Ada Lovelace Day. The Women in Science Engineering and Technology group is hosting “Ada Lovelace Day” on Weds 15 Oct, Room G107, Alan Turing Building. There will be talks, refreshments and demos from Robogals WiSET Event to celebrate the life of Ada Lovelace. This event is kindly sponsored by the School of Mathematics. More info. Tickets: Free. Book now! 15 Oct, 1.30—6pm, Room G107, Alan Turing Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL.

  • Canada, Burnaby, BC: Ada Lovelace Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Join our interdisciplinary crew of amateur editors as we create, expand, and improve Wikipedia entries for some of SFU's female researchers. More info. Tickets: Free. Book now! 14 Oct, 9am—1.30pm, Research Commons, Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6.

  • Canada, Burnaby, BC: Leaky Pipelines and Push-up Bras: Women in STEM and Science Media. Dr. Jennifer Gardy will be exploring the role of women in STEM from multiple perspectives, including science media. She’ll also examine some practical and easy actions we can all take to help promote the visibility of women in STEM. More info. Tickets: Free. Book now! 14 Oct, 2—3pm, IRMACS Theatre, Room 10905, Applied Sciences Building, Simon Fraser University.

  • Rome: Ada Byron Lovelace, La Fata Matematica. Dal 14 al 19 ottobre 2014, al Teatro Arcobaleno in via Francesco Redi 1/a, Roma, sarà messo in scena lo spettacolo teatrale Ada Byron Lovelace, la fata matematica — Storia della donna che sognò il computer, scritto e diretto da Valeria Patera, interpretato da Galatea Ranzi e Gianluigi Fogacci, con musiche di Francesco Rampichini. (The Teatro Acrobaleno theatre in Rome is hosting a play about the life of Ada Lovelace) Tickets: Book now! 14-19 Oct 14, 9.00pm, Teatro Arcobaleno, via Francesco Redi 1/a – Roma 00161.

  • Istanbul: Tech Women. Ada Lovelace Günü ve Grace Hopper Kutlamaları vesilesiyle Kadın Yazılımcı grubu ve Ä°stanbul Hackerspace olarak 18 Ekim Cumartesi Ä°stanbulHS’de buluÅŸuyoruz. (A celebration of Ada Lovelace and women in science) Tickets: Free. Book now! 18 Oct, 2-6pm, Venue: Istanbul Hackerspace, EÄŸitim Mah. Ömerbey (Çıkmaz) Sokak. No:19/B Kadıköy/Ä°STANBUL (1.Açıkgöz caddesindeki, Kadıköy Adliyesi D Blok yanındaki çıkmaz sokak), Istanbul, 34722.

  • Akron, OH: Ada Lovelace Day Poster Session. 18 graduate women from STEM fields at The University of Akron will present their research in a poster session. Although the research is highly technical the goal of this session is to show off their work to the general public. Tickets: Free! 14 Oct, 10am—12pm, Goodyear Polymer Center, 2nd floor atrium, at The University of Akron.

Introducing another new sponsor: the Journal of Zoology

We’re delighted to announce that John Wiley & Sons are supporting Ada Lovelace Day this year not just as a sponsor, but also by producing a special edition of their Journal of Zooology:

“In support of Ada Lovelace Day, the virtual issue, Women in Zoology, presents nine articles from the most notable female scientists and personalities from the history of the Zoological Society of London. These virtual issue articles have all been published with the Journal of Zoology and are free to access until December 31, 2014.”

This virtual issue includes the earliest paper first-authored by a woman, Descriptions of New Butterflies collected by Mr. F. J. Jackson, F.Z.S., in British East Africa, during his recent Expedition. – Part 1, by Emily Sharpe from 1891. It also includes papers by Edith Durham, Dorothea Bate, Nellie Eales, Joan Beauchamp Procter, Sidnie Manton, Georgina Mace, Adrienne Zihlman, Mary Morbeck, Dam Jane Goodall and Miriam Rothschild.

Let’s make this ALD the biggest ever!

With 60 independent events around the world, as well as our two flagship events at the Ri in London, this is already the most successful Ada Lovelace Day ever! Let’s make it even better, though, and make sure that everyone hears about an amazing woman in STEM over the next 50 hours!

Best regards,

Suw & the ALD team

With thanks to our 2014 sponsors and partners:





And continuing thanks to our 2013 sponsors and partners:


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