everywoman celebrates Ada Lovelace Day 2022
Ada Lovelace Day is an opportunity to honor women who have achieved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is also an opportunity to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM. There are many different things that you can do to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. Please see below content and events.
The Rise of Female Software Engineers in the Age of Digital Transformation
Female software engineers have never been in more demand as digital transformation projects, new technologies and unparalleled innovation reshapes the world of tech. As a leader in the digital transformation space, Kainos’ leading women in technology join us for a lively discussion looking at:
- The evolving role of the software engineer
- Spotlighting new technologies and practices: the hippocratic oath of API versioning
- The rise of female software engineers and opportunities within a diverse team
- Practical tips for moving up in your career – choosing between individual contributor and management roles
Inspirational Tech Models
Combining the roles of Digital Partner Executive at SUSE, on-call firefighter with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, and parent to four children, Melissa Pinder knows a thing or two about knowing her own mind and making her own mark on the world. From rebuilding her life after becoming a single mum, to challenging stereotypes and building bridges, she discusses the strategies she’s employed to help her stand up, stand out, and show her children and others how differences can be used for good.
In recognition of International Women in Engineering Day, American Express gathered an esteemed panel of its everywoman award winners from the past eight years for a discussion on building a career in technology, the importance of allyship and how to tackle challenges facing women in the tech industry.
Shrouk El-Attar has been pivotal in opening access to higher education for asylum seekers; campaigns for LGBT+ rights; has been named UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) Young Woman of the Year, plus was listed as one of the BBC’s 100 most influential women worldwide. Her latest initiative is the Badass Enginners series, where she hosts a number of engineers
“The world has a very specific view of what an engineer looks like and what an engineer does. But, y’all, the engineers I know are nothing like that! In this 12 part series, I introduce you to some BADASS ENGINEERS in my community, and best of all, they answer YOUR questions! BADASS ENGINEERS!”
– Shrouk El-Attar
For Solution Architect Director Sandra Adamson, professional development has been pivotal to her 30-year career in designing and engineering networks for banking, insurance and government organisations — and with 21 of those years spent at Capgemini, she knows the value of investment, both personally and in an organisation. Her influence was further highlighted when she received Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Lifetime Emeritus status in 2021. She shares what personal and professional development really entails and how raising the visibility of women in tech is crucial to powering everyone forward.
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WOMEN WHO INSPIRE THEIR TEAMS
At Meta, making sure we have women and diverse representation in leadership roles is critical to our success. It encourages diversity of thought and empowers us to better serve the people who use our products and services around the world. Read on to hear stories of three team members who share how they’ve been impacted by strong women leaders at Meta in Tel Aviv.
THROUGH THE AR/VR LENS: THE ULTIMATE INSIGHT INTO ONE OF TECH’S MOST INNOVATIVE SECTORS
Join Erin Lavigne, Research Scientist Manager at Meta as she give us a unique insight into the vast opportunities a career in this space can offer – whether you’re starting out on your tech career journey, returning to work or looking to transition into this rapidly developing sector. Don’t miss your chance to put your questions to the Facebook Reality Labs careers team and get the inside scoop on the skills, talents and insights needed for you to make your mark in AR/VR.
MELANIE EUSEBE ON BEING CONFIDENT, FEMALE ROLE MODELS & MANAGING STRESS
Melanie’s key tool to managing her stress and bouts of insomnia is a notepad on her bedside table. Once she’s written down whatever she’s mulling over, it helps her get to sleep without worrying she’ll forget by the morning.
Her key advice to other career women is: “Don’t be afraid to change; what we are today isn’t where we will necessarily be in 20 years”. Whether this is to do with family, business direction or passions, don’t limit yourself by refusing to consider other options.
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PODCAST: TECHUK PRESIDENT JACQUELINE DE ROJAS TALKS ABOUT INCLUSION AND AMBITION IN THE DIGITAL SPACE
As President of techUK, Jacqueline de Rojas heads up the organisation that represents the digital companies and technologies that are shaping our lives – and will continue to increasingly define the social and business world. But with women, BAME and those in later life significantly underrepresented in this fast-moving Brave New World the challenges for diversity and inclusion are pressing. “Where are the others?” is the question she suggests we all ask when faced with a meeting or a team where diversity is absent, to do our part to level the playing field, and ensure that the future is written by all of us.
SHROUK EL-ATTAR ON CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH ENGINEERING
Since September 2018, Shrouk El-Attar has worked as an electronic design engineer at British company, Renishaw. In 2019, she was one of just six women from across the UK shortlisted in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer awards.
7 WAYS I MAKE IT HAPPEN: BYTESIZE CAREER CHAT WITH HANNAH GORMAN
After taking on an apprenticeship with Openreach in 2018, Hannah Gorman (née Hargreaves) became an engineer with the company, working on everything from scaling telegraph poles to installing wires. Through blogging about her experiences and scooping up accolades such as the 2020 FDM everywoman in Technology Apprentice Award and 2019 ITP Apprentice of the Year, Hannah has been instrumental in raising the visibility of female engineers.
Talk: It’s not rocket science with Dr Emma Ryan
11 October @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
It’s not rocket science – An explanation as to why building engines for spacecraft isn’t rocket science.
The talk will cover the maths of rocket science, a brief history of space travel, why the engineering behind building rockets is more complex than the maths and science, and some complex thermodynamics using coloured plastic balls to demonstrate.
Tea & Tech: Girls’ STEM Day
15 October @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tea & Tech is a day that connects girls, ages 8 – 17, with female STEM mentors to inspire and educate the next generation of female professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Planned in conjunction with both Ada Lovelace Day and the Wisconsin Science Festival, we offer a diverse selection of hands-on STEM activities.
Registration is required. Lunch and Tea are included at no charge. Open to girls, ages 8-17.