For Ada Lovelace: 32 Women that We Admire

Ada Lovelace

Wednesday, March 24, was Ada Lovelace Day: an internationally recognized day of blogging and social media to celebrate and promote women's contributions to technology and computing.

Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer.  She wrote the world’s first computer programs for the Analytical Engine, a machine invented by Charles Babbage. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, bloggers throughout the world were invited to write about women in technology who inspire them.  In our case, we couldn't choose one -- we chose 32.

Tomorrow we are pleased to honor the 32 winners of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, at the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

These 32 young women are truly inspiring examples (read about them in the PDF award program, here) of students who are excited by technology and computing, who challenge themselves to innovate and solve problems, who work as leaders and mentors in their communities, and who plan for themselves a career in which they'll use technology and computing to make the world a better place. On top of it all, they are young women whose participation in the IT workforce will yield better ideas, better products, and better collaboration because of the diversity of ideas and perspectives they bring.

Congratulations to our winners!

To those who want to know more about the award, or how to apply for upcoming competitions, please visit www.ncwit.org/award -- we hope you will join us in encouraging more young women to become inspired and recognized for their technology and computing contributions.