Celebrate Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday in style by joining the Ada Lovelace hackathon! We’ll be using the equipment and expertise of the Oxford Hackspace to create new physical computing projects, inspired by her works. We’ll have access to 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, CNC machines, and much more.

Projects suggested so far include:

Laser-cutting cogs and carrying arms to build the adding mechanism of the Analytical Engine.

Building a card reader.

Using a card reader to make other things happen – a music box, bells, whistles, puppets, or automata.

A new robot version of the “calculus of the nervous system”, or 3D printing of some or all of the real neuronal network of a nematode worm.

A music machine.

Other things that Ada was known for include the Bernoulli numbers, her interest in gambling, ‘Flyology’, and her prediction of computer-generated music:

“Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.”

Every level of skill is welcome!


For more information, contact Beth McMillan at elizabeth.mcmillan@some.ox.ac.uk.


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