Ada Lovelace: Ahead of Time

Ada Lovelace: Ahead of


Average length
60 min
Interactive tasks
15 min

Session Overview

Ada Lovelace created the world’s first complex computer program in 1843. At the time she wrote “ I would rather be great than be known as great”, and - like so many female innovators through the ages, history soon forgot her. In this interactive talk, Zoe Philpott tells us about the extraordinary life and work of Ada Lovelace. Then, traveling across time, she introduces the ENIAC programmers, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper and Mae Jamison. And asks us consider two possible futures: to accept a world where the prejudice is still hardwired. Or, into another future where great innovations are equitable, diverse and inclusive.

Your speaker

Zoe Philpott

Zoe Philpott is an interactive storyteller, entrepreneur, and the creator of Ada.Ada.Ada. Her work is at the intersection of experience design and STEM. Zoe combines technology with the arts to tell stories that engage diverse audiences. In collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, her work has won seven BETTs and one BIMA as well as a BAFTA nomination. She has four-metre-high robots dance for Ford, created a binaural immersive experience to shine a light on world poverty for the Nike Foundation, and, created a 50,000-LED interactive Christmas Tree installation at the White House for Google. She is now combining all her skills to update History with her story, starting with the story of Ada Lovelace.

Focusing on

  • STEM

  • Storyteller

  • Diversity & Inclusion

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