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Hundreds of Norway girls celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with coding classes

A woman looks at Margaret Carpenter's painting 'Ada Lovelace (1815 -1852) (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A very happy Ada Lovelace Day to all! Over 200 girls in Norway celebrated the world’s first computer programmer — and daughter of Lord Byron — at Oslo’s public library for a day of coding classes. GirlsTechFest was a part of Oslo Innovation week and honored Lovelace’s impact on women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Go girls!

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was once referred to as “The Enchantress of Numbers” and known as Ada Lovelace. Her article on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, which had the essential elements of the modern computer, contained early “computer programs,” as well as suggestions for the machine’s potential uses, making her the first computer programmer. The machine was never built, but her notes were “critical” inspiration for Alan Turing’s first modern computer in the 1940s. Lovelace died from cancer at 36.

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