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David Wagner
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10/15/2015 | 2:12:56 PM
Re: If You Can't Be Ada, Be Grace
Oh, very cool. I'm sorry I missed this. Thanks for sharing it. I'll try to make sure I feature it next year.
jastroff
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10/15/2015 | 2:11:34 PM
Re: If You Can't Be Ada, Be Grace
@dave -- Looking forward to more coverage of women in computing/technology

in the meantime, here's something I stumbled upon the other day -- who knew?

The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is being held October 14 – 16 in Houston, Texas. Learn more at gracehopper.org

Started in 1994, GHC is now the world's largest gathering of women technologists. In 2013, GHC hosted over 4,750 attendees from 53 countries including 1,900 students from over 400 academic institutions and 2,850 professionals from industry, government and academia. GHC 2014 sold out in record time, even with an increase in capacity to accommodate over 8,000 attendees. The conference features keynotes by prominent women in technology, career workshops, and technical tracks from leading researchers and the best of ACM SIGSOFT & SIGGRAPH. 
David Wagner
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10/15/2015 | 1:42:46 PM
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@jastroff- Yes, I mean, in the long run, i think this girl will get over not being Ada Lovelace. But it is nice to see such passion in a young girl.

I think you're "sadly i can't remember them" statement is an invitation for me to do a stor on the top pioneers of women in tech. Stay tuned. :)
David Wagner
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10/15/2015 | 1:42:46 PM
Re: If You Can't Be Ada, Be Grace
@jastroff- Yes, I mean, in the long run, i think this girl will get over not being Ada Lovelace. But it is nice to see such passion in a young girl.

I think you're "sadly i can't remember them" statement is an invitation for me to do a stor on the top pioneers of women in tech. Stay tuned. :)
David Wagner
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10/15/2015 | 1:42:02 PM
Re: If You Can't Be Ada, Be Grace
@jastroff- Yes, I mean, in the long run, i think this girl will get over not being Ada Lovelace. But it is nice to see such passion in a young girl.

I think you're "sadly i can't remember them" statement is an invitation for me to do a stor on the top pioneers of women in tech. Stay tuned. :)
jastroff
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10/13/2015 | 6:44:26 PM
If You Can't Be Ada, Be Grace
@dave - great thoughts, great story.

Sorry the  student couldn't be Ada, but she could always be Grace Murray Hopper. And the uniform might be easier to get.

And I know there are others, but there names aren't known to me, sadly.

>  my daughter discovered her best friend crying in the restroom because she couldn't be Ada Lovelace. How cool is it that there are at least two 4th grade girls in my daughter's school -- among a total of about 80 4th graders -- who are not only aware of Lovelace,
Ariella
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10/13/2015 | 6:27:52 PM
Re: Ada Lovelace
@Michell that is quite an accomplishment! I'd say the book is good, though it really only covers the algorithm of the title briefly in the middle. A significant portion is devoted to the scandalous affairs of Byron and how they caused a rift between him and Ada's mother. Ada was cut off from her father, though she did request that she be buried next to him -- a kind of dig at her mother who outlived her. Ada was only 36 when she died, likely of uterine cancer.
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10/13/2015 | 5:17:38 PM
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@Ariella that book is on my reading list! It's amazing it took so long to build the machine.

I am a big fan of Limor Fried, founder of Adafruit Industries. She was the first female engineer to grace the cover of Wired Magazine a few years ago.
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Ariella,
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10/13/2015 | 4:56:06 PM
Ada Lovelace
I read a biography of her called Ada's Algorithm recently. That's how I discovered that it took until just a couple of year's ago for a full version of Babbage's engine to be built.  It was completed in March 2008 is on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California 


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