Tuesday 11 October 2022 is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math. We’d like to take this moment to showcase female tech leaders that have inspired us at De Voorhoede. So, without further ado, here are 10 women that have inspired us in one way or another.
1. Adele Goldberg - Computer scientist
Adele developed the programming language Smalltalk-80 and various concepts related to object-oriented programming. Smalltalk has had a big impact on the development of many other programming languages like Objective C, Java and Ruby.
2. Carol Shaw - Video Game Designer
Carol was one of the first female commercial video game designers. She’s mostly known as the designer for Activision’s River Raid on Atari 2600. Her co-worker Mike Albaugh called her the best programmer of the 6502 and probably one of the best programmers period.
3. Leonora Tindall - Software Engineer
4. Una Kravets - Web Developer Advocate
5. Ineke Scheffers - Founder Girl Code
6. Corinne Vigreux - Founder Codam
Corinne is founder of Codam College. This unique educational institution is born out of her passion for innovation and technology. As a student at Codam, you do not pay tuition fees and you do not need any previous education. Our colleague Roos feels very lucky to have studied at Codam and finds Corinne very involved with the students.
7. Rachel Andrew - Technical Writer
8. Lea Verou - Tech Speaker & Researcher
9. Margaret Hamilton - Software Engineer
Margaret was director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo program. It was her code that got Apollo to the moon. She also came up with the term 'software engineering' and made it, despite the criticism it got at first, very popular. Nowadays people are proud to call themselves a software engineer.
10. Marleen Stikker - Founder Waag
Marleen Stikker is a internet pioneer and founder of Waag. As the creator and 'mayor' of De Digitale Stad, she developed the first free gateway to a virtual community on the internet. Waag has grown into a leading European research institute for technology and society, encouraging active citizenship by developing open, fair and inclusive technology.
Who do you think is missing on this list? Share your favourite female tech leaders with us on Twitter: @devoorhoede #AdaLovelaceDay.