A Feel-Good News Roundup on Women in Tech for Ada Lovelace Day

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Here’s a round-up of what’s going on today in the sphere of women and tech!

By Jessica Schimm (Assistant Editor, Women 2.0)

Apple hires on its first female to join its exec team, a female-founded San Francisco startup joins forces with another female-founded company located in SF and Wikipedia is encouraging people to edit and create pages for females in STEM in honor of Ada Lovelace Day!

Here’s a roundup of feel-good news that we hope will keep you inspired!

Apple Hires First Female on Executive Team

Angela Ahrendts, the chief executive of Burberry will be joining Apple as a member of its executive team, starting Spring of next year. Ahrendts helped successfully bring back the Burberry brand in the last decade. Reuters reports:

“Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts rebuilt the British luxury brand after excessive exposure of its trademark checkered pattern alienated wealthy clientele. Her approach was to embrace digital innovation, build a strong online business, and tap Chinese and Latin American markets. Now Apple Inc is hoping she can do the same at the world’s most valuable technology company.”

Ahrendts certainly has our support as Apple’s first female on it’s executive team! We’re excited to see the team’s future developments.

Blazing Cloud is Joining Forces With Indiegogo

Blazing Cloud, a company that creates mobile product development for startups to Fortune 500 companies, has just announced that it will be joining Indiegogo, another female-founded company located in San Francisco.

The company has decided to join forces with Indigogo “in support of their mission to democratize crowdfunding,” according to its founder, Sarah Allen.

The company started in 2009 “a solo consulting foray almost five years ago became a thriving company in less than a year,” Allen said in an email statement. “We are delighted to team up with Indiegogo as they dive into their next phase of growth.”

We saw both founders start their companies while apart of the Women 2.0 community and it has been great to watch them grow throughout the years. Congrats to both Danae Ringelmann, Sarah Allen. A female-founded company joining another female-founded company; so refreshing!

Hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Ada Lovelace

In honor of Ada Lovelace day, Wikipedia is encouraging edit-a-thons “that aim to increase the number of article in teh online encyclopedia about women in STEM.”

There is even a wikipedia event page inviting all Brown Students to partake in the event to edit and create new entries on women who have paved the way in the STEM fields.

This event brings awareness to the lack of visibility and even more simply, the lack of women in these fields at a time when the media has only just begun to pick up on the imbalance.

Here’s a fun rap-music video to continue the celebration of women in science made by some students in Oakland.

What female in STEM would you add to Wikipedia? Let us know in the comments below and/or join in on the campaign and attach a link to the page you created!

 

Jess headshotJessica Schimm (@JessicaSchimm) is the assistant editor at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and was the editor-in-chief of SF State’s Her Campus chapter. She has a strong interest in women’s issues and writes about them on her blog Women Who Run San Francisco.