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Ada Lovelace Awards For Women in Tech Expand Across the South, Add Categories

by Angela King

While women comprise more than half of the U.S. workforce, only 26 percent of computing jobs were held by women in 2016. To highlight and promote a more equitable tech community, New Orleans-based startup studio LookFar is expanding their southern-focused 3rd annual Ada Lovelace Awards to recognize even more women in tech this year — any women across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Texas is now eligible to be nominated.

The Ada Lovelace Awards are given to women who have made the biggest impact on our region’s tech community. While they don’t necessarily have to be coders themselves, Ada nominees are women who innovate, lead, and inspire through technology.

Past nominees have been drawn from the ranks of founders, developers, researchers, and educators. 2015 Ada Lovelace Award winner Crystal McDonald is the founder of Acrew, a pre-employment video screening software. 2016 winner Dr. Anastasia Kurdia is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University who is a passionate advocate for keeping women involved in and excited about STEM education.

In recognition of the many impactful ways that women play a role in the tech community across the Gulf South region, LookFar has also broadened the event to offer awards in four distinct categories: Computer Engineer, Tech Founder, Digital Marketer, and STEM Educator.

The Ada Lovelace Awards ceremony will take place in New Orleans on Friday, October 13th from 7:30-10:00 p.m. RSVP here!


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