Kirschen Seah helps remind us about Ada Lovelace Day, coming up on October 14. An inspiration for young women interested in math, sciences and tech, Ada Lovelace was one of the first programmers at a time when computers as we define them didn’t exist. Kirschen tells us about her accomplishments, what the day is about, and why it is so important to encourage young people, especially girls, when it comes to technology. Find out how to celebrate, participate and get involved.
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Kirschen Seah is a software engineer who has always been fascinated with portable electronics ever since the Sony Walkman. With the advent of intelligent portable devices such as the Sony MagicLink, the Palm V, and now the iPhone and iPad, her quest is to discover how these devices can enrich our life experiences. She has used Apple devices all the way back to the Apple ][ and Lisa, culminating in several Macintoshes and iOS devices. Kirschen has delved in iOS and Mac OS software development and has released applications on both platforms. She has given talks on software engineering and development at local code camps, and loves to share her experiences and what she has learnt over the years being in the personal computer and portable device arena.
Kirschen is an avid cyclist and has participated in several Time Trial bike races, as well as being a certified SCUBA diver. She also holds an FAA Private Pilot License. Her other interests are in photography, videography, and SCUBA diving – and she even takes pictures underwater. Visit her personal blog at Free Range Coder and follow her on Twitter and App.net.
Ada Lovelace Day (ALD)
Million Women Mentors – Advancing Women and Girls in STEM careers through mentoring
CoderDojo – Independent volunteer led coding clubs
Iowa Tech Chicks – “a community organization that strives to connect and educate women working in and interested in learning technology.”