Ada Lovelace Day has been held in five consecutive years, on March 24 2009, March 24 2010, October 7 2011, October 16 2012 and October 15, 2013. There is no significance to the dates chosen. (Ada Lovelace's birthday is December 10 and the anniversary of her death is November 27.)
The first Ada Lovelace Day started with a pledge by Suw Charman-Anderson to blog about a woman in tech who inspired her, if 1000 people would do likewise. Nearly 2000 people signed the pledge. Recent Ada Lovelace Days have included activities like Wikipedia edit-a-thons to add and improve biographical articles about women technologists.
Ada Lovelace Day will be next held on October 14, 2014.
Associated events and projects
- Charman-Anderson's friend, artist Sydney Padua, created The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage to go with Ada Lovelace Day 2009. In 2011 an iPad app of the comic was launched on Ada Lovelace Day.
- In 2011, Chinese poet and calligrapher Huang Xiang and American artist William Rock released a new portrait of Ada Lovelace.
- Finding Ada (official site)