In the framework of STEAMConf 2018 Barcelona

Ada.Ada.Ada. Three meetings on learning, technology and gender 
Barcelona City Hall, CosmoCaixa, Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
April 18, 19 and 21

In the future, 90% of jobs and decision-making positions will require mastery of digital skills. Today, in Spain, women have a presence of only  18%  in decisive positions within this sector, where the best opportunities for personal, social and professional development are located.

STEAMConf 2018, an international education conference, at its fourth edition, wants to highlight the vital importance of implementing programs and resources that help to minimize the digital gap and gender imbalances and promote equal opportunities.

The Quo Artis Foundation joins this initiative to encourage and support women through the example ofAda Lovelace´s life story.


ADA LOVELACE (London, 1815-1852)
The first woman programmer in history

For this reason, EduCaica, CCCB, Quo Artis Foundation, SokoTech and the City Hall of Barcelona are organizing three meetings on learning, technology and gender around Ada Augusta Byron Lovelace, mathematician and physicist that developed what is now considered the first algorithm for the use of a machine.

Wednesday, April 18
Ada Lovelace at the City Hall
Girls for a change
A meeting with girls and teenagers

Every year, the international organization, Iridescent, gathers a “Technovation Challenge” aimed for girls and teenagers from all over the world in order to promote specific skill learning that will be necessary to address the challenges that our society faces and emerge as entrepreneurs and technology leaders.

A meeting between 200 teenagers, a Barcelona City Hall representative, ​​and Zoe Philpott, technologist, creator and narrator of the interactive performance Ada.Ada.Ada., about Ada Lovelace, and above all, a woman who is obstinate in empowering women and eliminating the asymmetries of gender. In the light of Ada Lovelace they will share ideas and projects.

Thursday, April 19
Ada Lovelace at CosmoCaixa
An encounter with the academia.

An immersive performance on Ada Lovelace, which condenses into a 60-minute performance what meant a life and an extraordinary legacy.

Zoe Philpott performs on stage wearing an interactive 19th-century dress with 4,400 LEDs operated by programmable silk gloves, the result of a collaboration with renowned international technologist and founder of Hackspace London, Charles Yarnold.

Learning, STEAM and gender.
Conversation with Zoe Philpott

S Cristina Pujades, Pompeu Fabra Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona
T Francesca Bria,Technology and Digital Innovation Commissioner,Barcelona City Hall. (TBC)
E Nuria Montserrat, Junior Manager of the Organs Regeneration research group at the Catalan Bioengineering Institute (IBEC), Barcelona
A Zoe Philpott, writer, artist and digital expert
M Marta Casanellas, Deputy Director of research at the Mathematics Department of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) Barcelona

Carol de Britos, Primart school teacher and coordinator of the superior cycle at l’Escola Virolai

Saturday, April 21
Ada Lovelace at the CCCB (Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona)

A meeting open to the public as a closing act of STEAMConf 2018.

A last and only occasion to participate in an immersive action on Ada Lovelace that condenses, in a 60 minute show, the extraordinary life and legacy of the mathematician.

Zoe Philpott takes the stage in a 19th century dress, equipped with 4400 LED lights that are activated by satin gloves.
It is at the same time a conference, a theater piece and a show during which the public interacts, in order to “become” the first computer in the world, using a simple program among all.

The experience highlights the importance of the achievements made by Ada Lovelace and her impact on current technology, in addition to demonstrating that each of the attendees can be part of the technology.

Zoe Philpott, accredits an experience of 15 years in the digital world and more than 20 in the field of the arts. She created the Kar2ouche virtual educational theater using game technology, her work being awarded seven BETT awards and one BIMA, in addition to being nominated for a BAFTA. She has designed a choreography for 4 meters high robots commissioned by  Ford, has created a binaural immersive experience to raise awareness about poverty in the world, commissioned by the Nike Foundation and has made an interactive installation for Google, consisting of a Christmas tree of 50 000 LED diodes in the White House. Zoe dedicates herself to update the history of women by combining all her STEAM skills in the Herstory project, which begins with the story of Ada Lovelace. Zoe combines technology and art to tell stories that attract new audiences. (@zophilpott)

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