Ada Lovelace Celebration
The very first ever Ada Lovelace Celebration was celebrated under the theme “Celebrating Digital Bangladesh with Women in Technology” on 2-3 January, 2020 at Asia Pacific University. The program was organized by Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN). Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) was a partner of the event. With around 300 young female students of various universities from all over the Bangladesh participated in this Celebration by the name of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. At different times of the whole festival, the female experts of IT and ICT industries have joined the Celebration and discussed about the ways forward of the ICT based careers in Bangaldesh. One of the important segments of the Celebration was the session named ‘Honoring the Pioneer’. On January 2, at the end of the day, eight female personalities of the country were honored who have contributed in various ways to the information technology of our country. Among them Founder President of BWIGT and Chairman of the software firm Dohatek New Media, Dr. Fahmida Nilufer Chowdhury, Program Director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, Dr. Yasmin Haque, Professor of Physics at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Luna Shamsuddoha, the first female Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank Nazneen Sultana, our first female programmer, Shaheda Mustafiz, Dr. Jesmin, Professor of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology department of Dhaka University, Kashfia Ahmed, CEO and Chairman of Win Incorporated and Winmiyaki Limited and Mahmud Nazin, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) shared their journey to encourage the new prospective female students. A job fair was also arranged on the first day at the plaza area of the university with the participation of BWIT, BACCO, Wedevs, DohaTech, Creative IT, D.Net, Skylark Soft Ltd., Onnorokom, Workstation 101, Interactive Artifact and many more.