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Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day 2019

The Queen's Gender Initiative in partnership with the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences were delighted to host an exciting event in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day 2019 and Women in STEM.

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM and support women already working in STEM.

On 8th October 2019, the audience at our event heard about the life and pioneering work of Ada Lovelace, who is considered to be the first programmer, working with Sir Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine (first generation, general purpose mechanical computer).

Guest speakers included Datactics, Esri Ireland and exhibitors from Kainos, Women Who Code and Women TechMakers.

Event Programme:



12.30 pm - 1.00 pm  Registration and Refreshments

Mini exhibition

1.00 pm - 1.05 pm Welcome

Professor Karen McCloskey

Director QGI

1.05 pm - 1.15 pm About Ada

Dr Seedevi Senevirathne 


1.15 pm - 1.20 pm What about coding?

Mary-Jane McBride 

Women who Code 

1.20 pm - 1.25 pm Introduction to speakers 

Dr Ian Overton


1.25 pm - 1.40 pm A career in computing and AI

Dr Fiona Browne


1.40 pm - 1.55 pm Reflecting on my career

Ms Rachel Steenson, FBCS

Esri Ireland

1.45 pm - 2.00 pm Q&A

Audience participation

For further information on Ada Lovelace Day, visit the Finding Ada website.

View photographs from our event on the QGI Image Gallery


Queen's Gender Initiative


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