Ada Lovelace Day: Selena Deckelmann and Jackie Kazil

Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace

Happy Ada Lovelace Day, folks!

Named for Lady Ada Lovelace, a collaborator of Charles Babbage's and the first computer programmer of the modern world, Ada Lovelace Day is an opportunity to celebrate women in science, technology, math, and engineering.

My Adas this year are people I've only recently met--Selena Deckelmann and Jackie Kazil. Hanging out with these two amazing women in tech was my favorite part of DjangoCon.

Selena Deckelmann contributes to PostreSQL and runs Postrgres Open, a non-profit Postgres conference. At Djangocon 2012, she gave a keynote titled "While We're Here, Let's Fix Computer Science Education." Now she's working on finding new and creative ways for CS teachers and programmers to collaborate to make CS education more awesome. This is a cause near and dear to my heart--her talk really fired me up to want to go out and build stuff. When the discussions at DjangoCon around her talk inspired her to create a mailing list about the topic, I jumped all over it. I'm really excited to see what comes of it.

Jackie Kazil founded PyLadies DC, a group that encourages and supports women Python developers. PyLadies sponsored the scholarship that got me to DjangoCon in the first place, and once I was there, Jackie encouraged me to submit my first proposal for a technical talk. She also leads intro workshops on Python and Django to help get more people excited about tech.

I also want to give a shout-out to Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora, the founders of The Ada Initiative, because their work makes my life better.

And, as always, a shout-out to Mackenzie, without whose support, encouragement, and mentorship I'd still be printing "Hello World."

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Posted on October 16, 2012 .