Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day. It’s an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

Events in Manchester celebrating Ada

Emer Coleman, Gemma Cameron and myself are taking part in a number of events in Manchester over the next couple of weeks to celebrate Ada, everyone is welcome to join us.

Manchester Digital  Ada Lovelace Day – Fireside Chats
Tuesday 11th October

Ladies of Code at Autotrader – Mob programming with Clare Sudbery
Tuesday 18th October

Ada: The Empowered Technologist at ThoughtWorks
Thursday 20th October

Who was Ada Lovelace?

Ada was a writer and mathematician and is most famously noted for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.

Babbage worked on the design of the engine itself (the hardware) and Ada on paper explaining what the engine did. Ada’s notes on the engine include what is now recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine –  what we now call software. Ada is often regarded as the first computer programmer.

Babbage had kept his thinking on his analytical engine to the analysis and output of numbers. Lovelace had expanded that thinking to the analysis and output of symbols. This meant that the machine could analyse and output words, music and pretty much anything and everything – the modern notion of universal computation.

Whilst neither lived to see their work become a the reality we know today, they had 100 years earlier anticipated the implications of modern computing.

Picture of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage
Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage

An opportunity to celebrate diversity & teamwork

I also see the day as an opportunity to celebrate what can be achieved when individuals from very different backgrounds, generations and sexes come together and work as a team. Lovelace and Babbage are a great example of that.

As you celebrate Ada Lovelace Day this year, celebrate the achievements of women in STEM, but also celebrate what amazing things diverse teams can achieve when they work together.

Danielle Haugedal-Wilson
Business Architecture & Analysis

 

Local Community Fund

You may have heard about the changes to our Membership that Richard announced last week. If not then Alyson’s blog post tells you all you need to know. We’ve made a short video too.

Members will be able to choose a local charity to donate to. To make that work we’ve built a new service which went live on Friday.

http://www.coop.co.uk/localcommunityfund

Screen Shot from Co-op Local Community Fund

We built the service with our partners at ThoughtWorksBJSS and others.

ThoughtWorks have been leading our product delivery teams. We have co-located a multi-disciplinary team of product owners, designers, analysts, tech leads and software engineers who have iteratively built the product over recent months. We showcase every week and we’ll continue to develop the service over the summer, shipping often.

BJSS have built our continuous development platform, developer tooling and a number of Service API’s that connect our new digital services to existing Co-op ones.

We’re releasing the membership services in beta to our colleagues in the Support Centre in 1 Angel Square shortly and then a few weeks later to our 70,000 colleagues across the UK. This will allow us to test and learn with our colleagues, try some new things and then launch to our members in the Autumn.

We’ll keep blogging about what we’ve done and what we’ve learned. Let us know what you think.

Dave Johnson

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