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Ada Lovelace Day

October 13th, 2015

Episode 368 of 836 episodes

Two centuries on from the birth of the world's first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, presenter Zoe Kleinman asks why are there still so few female engineers and technology executives? We hear the travails of three women trying to make their mark, including Isis Anchalee, the programmer behind the #ILookLikeAnEngineer social media campaign. Zoe travels to London's Science Museum to find out more about Ada Lovelace - mathematician, opium addict, and writer of the world's first computer algorithm - and she speaks to the woman who came up with the annual celebration of Lovelace and female scientists. Also, Ann O'Dea - co-founder of the tech news website Silicon Republic - talks about InspireFest, which has provided a platform for women speakers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Photo: Woman gazes at a painting of Ada Lovelace. Credit: Getty Images)

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