Finding Ada is calling on people to participate in the second annual Ada Lovelace Day.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron, is sometimes referred to as 'the Founder of Scientific Computing.' She made significant contributions to science and technology at a time when women were not typically included in intellectual exploration and discussion.
March 24 was dubbed 'Ada Lovelace Day' in honor of this 'tech heroine.' It was celebrated as an 'international day of blogging' that honored not only Lovelace's achievements, but the achievements of all women in technology and science.
According to Finding Ada, the day was quite successful:
It attracted nearly 2000 signatories to the pledge and 2000 more people who signed up on Facebook. Over 1200 people added their post URL to the Ada Lovelace Day 2009 mash-up. The day itself was covered by BBC News Channel, BBC.co.uk, Radio 5 Live, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Metro, Computer Weekly, and VNUnet, as well as hundreds of blogs worldwide.
This year, Finding Ada is again recruiting signatures from people to pledge a blog post on March 24 about admirable women in technology or science. Their goal is to get 3,072 signatures and to raise awareness about women's scientific contributions.