UCL celebrates Ada Lovelace Day!

15 October 2015
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Local schools, eminent guests from industry and our own staff and students came together to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day @ UCL. Recognised internationally, Ada Lovelace Day is a celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – taking the name of the first computer programmer – and is aimed at inspiring the next generation of computer scientists. P1080079

Sixty school students and their teachers spent the day with us discovering the interdisciplinary nature of Computer Science; hearing from our keynote speaker Lesley Payne, Global Institute of Digital Health Excellence Lead at Bupa; speed networking with our own researchers and students; and participating in a lively panel debate about the future of robotics.

Special thanks to Prof Steve Hailes who gave an excellent talk explaining that Computer Scientists are often rebels with bad habits; and that UCL graduate Mavis Batey contributed to the success of the D-Day campaign during WWII through her code breaking activities.

Thanks also to our guest schools – Gladesmore Community School and UCL Academy – and for their positive feedback:

“A huge thank you for the day you put together, the pupils hugely enjoyed it and more importantly the girls particularly saw Computing as an option for their GCSEs next year.”

Finally, thanks to our own contributors to the day:

Aleksandar Rusinov  (3rd year, CS undergraduate)

Anna Zaremba (PhD student)

Charlene Jennett (Research staff)

Chinemelu Ezeh (PhD student and Leader UCL Robotics Club)

Gabrielle Anderson (Research staff)

Giulia Barbareschi (PhD student and Leader UCL Robotics Club)

Jane Butler (Industrial Partnerships Manager)

Leslie Payne (GLIDHE, Bupa)

Niloy Mitra (Academic, staff)

Nilufer Tuptuk (PhD student)

Patricia Fenoy (Professional Services)
Pontus Stenetorp (Research staff)

Rae Harbird (Senior Teaching staff)

Ros Satar (Freelance journalist and IT consultant)
Sarah Nicholson (Research staff)

Simon Oatley (Film and Video Workshop Ltd)
Steve Hailes (Academic staff)

Steve Marchant (Professional Services)

Temitayo Olugbade (PhD student)
Venus Shum (Research staff)

Wendy Richards (Professional Services)

This news story was originally published on the UCL Engineering Schools Engagement webpages

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