Friday, April 17, 2009

The Lovelace Colloquium Videos

The second annual BCS Lovelace Colloquium took place at the Electrical Engineering Department in Leeds University on 16th April 2009.

The aim of what is now an annual national event is to reach out to young women undergraduates and inspire them about the opportunities for them to pursue both academic and business careers in technology areas such as Information Technology.

A "Just Plain Sense" Podcast about the event contains interviews with the organisers, some of the speakers and the delegates too. Below you can also see a selection of videos showing parts of some of the actual presentations.

Introduction by Alan Pollard FBCS CITP – President of the British Computer Society

Alan Pollard explains why he thinks that women have special qualities to bring to IT

Keynote speech by Gillian Arnold of IBM

Gillian talks about the fun beginnings of her career and then points to the research that underpins why many companies are now seriously keen to employ more women in technology management and leadership roles

"Are we having fun yet?" - Dr Julie Greensmith

Julie Greensmith bubbles over with infectious enthusiasm for her work within the "Thrill Laboratory" at Nottingham University, where she and colleagues do serious research about measuring human reactions, and use rollercoasters as their laboratory tools.

"Unify your communications" by Eileen Brown - Microsoft

Eileen is a technology evangelist at Microsoft. She is one of the few women among 300 or so similar evangelists and her particular speciality involves developments which bring together different communication technologies in one joined-up whole: Email, Phones, Voicemail, Video, Text, and Instant Messaging all working as one

"Software Engineering Meets Social Networking" by Professor Cornelia Bolyreff - University of Lincoln

Professor Cornelia Boldyreff shows off a "One Laptop Per Child" (OLPC) XO device and talks about the collaborative approach used by developers building software tools and applications for the device.

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