LSBU holds women in tech app-athon in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day
16 December 2015
Students, alumni, staff and enterprise educators came
together to celebrate famed programmer Ada Lovelace at an event hosted by
London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Informatics Society.
The celebration was catered with birthday cakes made by
LSBU National Bakery School students and included an app-athon as part of the
UK’s Rosalind Franklin National App competition. Students worked in teams to come
up with ideas for a phone app to empower women in science, technology,
engineering and medicine (STEM).
“We celebrated Ada Lovelace, first female programmer and
accomplished Mathematician, to raise awareness of notable women in STEM and to
actively encourage our students to take their ideas forward,” said Safia Barikzai, Senior Lecturer in
“We want to support our female students to develop their
enterprise skills and start their own businesses. Inspirational role models are
a key part of encouraging women to think about enterprise and Ada was a great
example of an entrepreneurial woman,” said Linsey Cole, Head of the
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at LSBU.
LSBU is committed to promoting gender equality across all
of its academic disciplines. The University was recently awarded a grant from
Enterprise Educators UK to conduct a pilot study to identify the barriers
preventing under-represented groups from engaging with enterprise and