March 24th: Ada Lovelace Day

Rikki Endsley

ROSE Blog: Rikki's Open Source Exchange

Feb 08, 2010 GMT
Rikki Kite

March 24, 2010 is Ada Lovelace Day, "... an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science." This year the goal is to get 3072 pledges to blog, and if you'd like to join the 100+ names already on the pledge list, visit:

And while we're on the topic of celebrating the achievements of women in technology and science, let's get back to my series of interviews that highlights women in open source. If you haven't emailed me your responses yet, here's your friendly reminder:

1. Who are you? (name/brief bio)
2. What do you currently do in open source? What do you love about it?
3. You're speaking to a group of women from other fields who are considering switching careers. Why should they consider moving into an open source-related career? What should they know about the open source environment to prepare them for the transition from a different field?
4. You're speaking to a group of high school students (male and female). Why should they consider exploring career options in open source?
5. What question do you wish I'd asked? And how would you answer it?

Read previous interviews:

Valerie Bubb Fenwick, Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems

Ellen Siever, co-author of Linux in a Nutshell

Juliet Kemp, author and admin extraordinaire

Red Hat's Mel Chua

Noirin Shirley, Vice President of the Apache Software Foundation

Cheryl McKinnon, CMO of Nuxeo

KDE Project's A. L. Spehr's Kendra "Admin" Schaefer

Emma Jane Hogbin, co-author of Front End Drupal

Sharon Moreland, Technology Consultant at the Northeast Kansas Library System

Meike Reichle, Debian Developer

Máirín Duffy, Team Lead for Fedora Design Team

Hillary Rettig, author and activist

GNOME.Asia's Emily Chen

GSoC participant Kanika Vats

FSF's Deborah Nicholson's Dru Lavigne

Stormy Peters, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation

Linux Foundation's Angela Brown

Erica Brescia, CEO of BitRock

Ohio LinuxFest's Beth Lynn Eicher

Ohio LinuxFest's Moose's Carla Schroder

Urban Forest Mapping Project's Kelaine Vargas

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