Friends of ALD

The very first Ada Lovelace Day in 2009 saw a friend of mine, Sydney Padua, publish a webcomic about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. Over the years since, she’s published more episodes of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage, and now has a graphic novel coming out. What’s more, she’s doing a book tour in the USA in MayIf you do get the chance, do go and see her at the signings! 

The Women’s Engineering Society, who partnered with us in 2012 to put on Ada Lovelace Day Live!, has launched a Kickstarter project to fund the digitising of their journal “The Woman Engineer”, which has been published quarterly since 1919.

The journals contain a wealth of knowlege not only of women in engineering but the journey of engineering in the UK since World War 1. The early journals also contain technical papers by female engineers. It is important that we do not loose the records of these WES role models and we maintain their achievements for future generations.

Lovely interview with Syd on the BBC:

(They manage to make her tiny office, in which I have slept many a time, look tidy with the use of soft focus. Amazing work!)

Longer version (or possibly completely different one!) here:

Starts at about 47:00.

And another one!