This week marks the start of a new year for The Ada Lovelace Initiative and we would like to share our latest exciting news with you in today’s installment of A.L.I. In Action! As the schools are back from their summer holidays this month, our role models are back in action too!

Although our school visits were paused from June while the students enjoyed their break, the The A.L.I team and our community of supporters have been busy working on some exciting projects to bring to students this year. Earlier this month, we announced our very exciting collaboration; The Ada Lovelace Initiative by Verify Recruitment, together with Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures Programme, launched the #TechTeamTour video campaign in order to encourage Irish secondary school students to consider a career in technology.

#TechTeamTour – Tackling Tech Stereotypes

The aim of the #TechTeamTour video series is to challenge misconceptions about careers in technology, helping both teenagers and parents to become aware about the vast amount of career paths in STEM and resources available to them.

The #TechTeamTour videos feature interviews with seven technology professionals working in Ireland and also feature a special appearance from Claire Hough, Vice President of Engineering at Udemy, who was visiting Dublin from the Udemy HQ in San Francisco. The Ada Lovelace Initiative and Smart Futures reached thousands of students across Ireland during the last school year and with these videos we hope to offer even more students nationwide a direct view into Ireland’s most interesting technology companies!


The first year of The Ada Lovelace Initiative has been an unprecedented success. With the help of technology role models nationwide, The Ada Lovelace Initiative has reached over 3000 pupils, in 14 counties, in its first year running! This number has greatly exceeded our goal which was to reach 2000 by May 2016.

This September, new students have entered Transition Year across Ireland and classes have already begun. The A.L.I. role models are currently very busy preparing for school visits taking place in the coming weeks.


School visits kick off today, Friday the 30th of September and the first A.L.I speaker of the 2016/2017 school year will be Jackie Glynn.

Jackie is the Head of Portfolio Management Office at Three Ireland. She has over twenty five years’ experience in ICT/Business and has an extensive background in Change Management, Data Management, Program/Project Management and consulting.

Jackie will visit the Transition Year pupils of Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown to tell them about her career path, starting from when she was a pupil. Jackie  Glynn is also works with the Ireland Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

Jackie’s visit to Assumption Secondary School will be followed by a visit this Monday, the 3rd of October, to Mount Carmel Secondary School by Maria Chefneux, who works in Udemy as a Localization Product Manager. Maria’s role involves working with linguists to translate Udemy products and websites.

Maria also works with engineers to prioritize and address issues, and with colleagues from different departments to create processes for localization. Maria visited Mount Carmel last year and really enjoyed her experience, so she will be returning to speak to the pupils of Transition Year there next week.

Maria Chefneux Visiting Mount Carmel Pupils During  2015/16 School Term

More Information

Stay tuned for more news about our upcoming #alimystory school visits.  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. If you would like to visit a specific school, your old school or a local school for example, please let us know & we can facilitate this preference for role models.

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