Leidos at Ada Festival Scotland 2021
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and to have published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such machines. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.
Since 2000, the number of young women in Scotland taking computer science at school/college has fallen by almost 80%.
At a time when data, technology, and digital play a more important role in our lives than ever before – and when there are more opportunities in the computer science field than ever before – that statistic means young women are more likely to miss out on those opportunities than they were two decades ago.
Ada Scotland Festival is working to address that gender imbalance. The festival runs 11-25 October, with a huge programme of events aimed at entertaining, informing, and inspiring a new generation of Scots women to discover computing.
Leidos are proud to be part of it. On Tuesday 19th at 4 p.m., Kristy Moir, business analyst, and Kelly Thomson, senior software developer, from Leidos UK’s Office of Technology will be presenting a session called “No Wrong Path to Tech”. From science to software and from art to business analysis – join us to hear about two women’s completely different paths into discovering their careers in technology at Leidos.
You can register for the “No Wrong Path to Tech” event here.