Those of us who were at the Jan Â09 SheÂs Geeky in the Bay Area were able to learn a little about Ada Byron Lovelace and her contribution to the computing world. We also had the wonderful opportunity to see the Babbage Difference Engine in motion as it was on loan to the Computer History Museum at the time of our unconference.
Now there is something REALLY exciting happeningÂ Film maker Rosemarie Reed is making a feature length film about Ada entitled ÂByron and Babbage: A Calculating Story.Â
Blogger SUW at findingada.com writes, ÂThe film will be based on AdaÂs letters and is, as Rosemarie describes it, Âa documentary with some dramatic readingsÂ.ÂÂ PBS National is planning on distributing this film about the first computer programmer (isin’t it great that she’s a WOMAN computer programmer!).
Now Ms. Reed is looking for people to spread the word. She needs people who are Âwilling to help publicize the film, be a part of the interactive website, perhaps show the film, or contribute in any other way.Â
ÂRosemarie says, “I need letters from people stating how important a film like Ada is and how they, through their networks, can help to publicize the film. It would be great if the women have organizations they work or belong to. If they are software developers or computer experts, this would be great. It would be best if they were Americans, as the NSF (National Science Foundation) is American.”Â
This would be something wonderful to show at a Girl Geek Dinner in your area or any other gathering of Geeks. I, for one, will be sharing this at my Nashville Geek Breakfast on October 22nd.
Letters should be sent by the end of October to:
On the Road Productions International, Inc.
310 Greenwich Street, 21F
New York, NY 10013