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Belated Ada Lovelace Day post


I like the idea of Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate female contributions to technology, but 24 hours is too small a window for me to hit with a blog post these days (sorry!), so I am slightly late
As it happens, I was at the Royal Society yesterday giving a talk about the role of social objects and a shared passion for science and innovation in promoting cross cultural dialogue. Professor Jim Al-Khalili gave a great talk about public engagement in science, and the ever-inspirational Professor Salim Al-Hassani reminded us about the role of female scientists in the scientific golden age that blossomed in the Muslim world from roughly the seventh century onwards, echoing a lecture he gave in Saudi Arabia a year ago urging greater recognition of this important contribution
I am very lucky to work with some great people like Amy, Hemma, Penny, Jess, Ana, Ana and Rachel at Headshift London, and with our business partner Anne Bartlett Bragg in Australia. Among our clients and partners, there are also some great women technologists and geeks who are too numerous to mention. Given we are always hiring, I hope we continue to find smart women to join our team and get our gender balance closer to the 50/50 level
So, who are my personal female heroes in technology? I have many, but I think one who will always stick in my mind is Judith Hann, the longest running presenter of the Tomorrow’s World TV show that I watched every week as a kid, and which instilled in me a love for innovative, often downright crazy, technology applied to the challenge of improving our lives.

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