Alice & Eve 2020: A Celebration of Women in Computing

The first ever Alice & Eve event took place on Friday 24th January at the University of Twente. The event celebrated women in computing in the Netherlands.

This is the first time the event was held in the Netherlands and nearly 100 participants registered to attend the event. The day featured talks from prominent computer scientists in the Netherlands, including CWI’s Stacey Jeffery, who gave an introduction to quantum algorithms.

As well as the talks and poster presentations, the day featured the opening of an exhibition which portrays twenty women in computing and their most important contributions. Some highlights of the exhibition included:

  • Grace Hopper who created the world’s first workable compiler.
  • Ada Lovelace who is known for her work on the design of the ‘Analytics Machine’, the first ever general-purpose computer, and the first published algorithm.
  • Rosalind Picard and her work on Affective Computing which is a combination of Computer Science, Psychology, Physiology and Cognitive Sciences.
  • Frances Brazier who helped establish the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the Netherlands and Europe.
  • Lynda Hardman, Amsterdam Data Science Director, who’s work includes ‘LinkedTV’ and ‘K-Space’.

Check out the online booklet of the exhibition. Otherwise you can see the exhibition at the University of Twente in the Zilverling building for the coming month.

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