It has been a busy and exciting time for the Ada Lovelace Initiative so far this term! Today, A.L.I. role models Katherine Fitzpatrick and Caroline Hynes are giving their technology talks in Coolock and Cork. Last week, we celebrated Ada Lovelace Day and we had to opportunity to do something a little bit different for our celebrations following the special day!

The Ada Lovelace Initiative Initiative was invited along to the University of the Third Age (U3A)’s meeting in Baldoyle Library last week, following Ada Lovelace Day which was on the 11th of October. Cathal Grogan, Managing Director of Verify was asked to speak to the U3A members about the emergence of the ‘Mother of Computer Science’, Ada Lovelace, and how her work has affected technology today.

A University of the Third Age (otherwise known as a “U3A”) is a learning circle or cooperative for individuals who are committed to life long learning. The U3A in Ireland is a project within Age Action.

U3A members learn from one another by sharing knowledge and experiences and engaging in shared activities. The word “university” in this context comes from the medieval meaning, a gathering or co-operative, where ”everyone teaches and everyone learns”.

Usually an Ada Lovelace Initiative talk consists of female technology professionals telling students about their educational background, their role type & how they chose their career path in order to encourage students to enter a career in STEM.

However, this time we were asked to do something a little bit different, Cathal told the story of the initiative to a completely different audience and age group – an older and experienced group with a variety of professional backgrounds and interests.

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The Ada Lovelace Initiative Visit to U3A was a different experience from our usual school visits but it was very interesting and enjoyable and such as fantastic way to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day.

The U3A members had an inspiring passion for lifelong learning as well as a keen interest and curiosity for technology. It was a privilege for The Ada Lovelace Initiative to be asked to share Ada Lovelace’s story, and the story of the initiative with the members present.

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Cathal Grogan, Verify Recruitment with Eileen Sweeney, Nuala Deignan and Mona Nolan of the U3A

A.L.I. On The Road

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The Ada Lovelace Initiative school visits today kick started our role model visits in Munster for the 2016/17 school year. The first Munster visit this term was technology professional Katherine Fitzpatrick who visited Loreto in Fermoy Co. Cork.

Today, Caroline Hynes also gave her A.L.I talk by returning to her old school, Mercy College in Coolock.

Our visits this week are both first-time visits for these role models, we would like to say well done to both Caroline and Katherine!

Stay tuned for more news from A.L.I. in Action next week!

 If you would like to learn more about The Ada Lovelace Initiative, please visit our A.L.I page. We are looking for role models from every county, if you would like more information about visiting a school on our waiting list, please fill out our form here and we will be in touch shortly. On Twitter? Follow @VerifyCommunity for more community updates and tag us with #alimystory