Monday, 20 October 2014

An Inspiration from Lady Ada Lovelace

On 15th October  every year is Ada Lovelace day and on this day different people in computing especially women celebrate and talk about the women in STEM whose work they admire like  Lady Ada Lovelace as a role model in computer programming. For those of you who do not know her ; Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charles Babbage, Lovelace was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842, she translated a description of it by italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood it so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’. Ada Lovelace died of cancer at 36, her potential tragically unfulfilled.There is a programming language named after her called Ada.

As I celebrate this figure every year , first I celebrate her like other famous ladies in STEM like Grace Hopper among others because she is a lady that is one of my role models not only to me but many ladies in this world. Secondly I celebrate her because she was a genius of her time. Thirdly and most important of all because she used most of her opportunity to make such great history that many people still recognize her contribution to computing.

During her time she was not the only smart person or even the smartest but when an opportunity came to pioneer computer programming she made good use of it and I am sure if she had waited for more worthy people to take up the challenge; we would probably never have had a chance to remember her for any thing. This would mean that she would never have people like me and other women in STEM looking at her as a role model. I  was not there but one thing is certain she put a lot of effort and determination to pioneer such a contribution that people embraced and still remember her for.

As we celebrate these people let us also follow in their foot steps so that if they came back to life by mistake they would say wow there are some smart people that used their opportunities after us. I would not love Ada Lovelace or Grace Hopper to come back by mistake to life and say .. “I cant believe no genius lived after me”... at least they will find me.

Therefore as we remember the women whose contribution to STEM is worth admiring let us remember to borrow a leaf from them so that we can come up with work worth admiring.

Are you willing to be the next Ada Lovelace of our time !!!!!! me I am.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

There is a Window for innovations

Have you been part of a team or network ;then you share an idea with them but everyone goes like “that is too big for us to achieve". Many people decide to believe their team but I think this is more reason to say ..get behind me Satan. There are many innovations that would not have been implemented if it were not for people who refused to fall for such advice; many of them decided to go solo so as to achieve their goals and they made history. The world of innovators is full of them.The others that decide to give up soon  find out  that their ideas have been implemented by some one else. Someone once said that (paraphrasing) ...implement then get approval later...this is the way to go. When you get an idea remember ....

For any idea you think of implementing there is a window of innovation that opens for you but if you don’t implement the idea because of excuses like it is too radical  the window will close for you and the same window will open for some one else who is ready to make history.

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