London Tech Week 2018: Sparta Global and shaping future leaders

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On June 11 London becomes the back drop for a weeklong festival of tech and innovation. With 55,000 people set to attend events in London over the course of London Tech Week, this year will focus on how creativity, talent and innovation can come together in the future. In celebration of London Tech Week, we’ve chosen to highlight five of the most innovative minds to inspire future tech talent…

 

  • Ada Lovelace: the mother of modern computing

 

Born more than two centuries ago, British mathematician Ada Lovelace was a pioneer of computer science. Privately educated - at a time when universities didn’t offer places to women – Lovelace was brought up on a strict regimen of private tutors who educated her in science, logic and mathematics.

 

In 1842, Ada published a translation of the Analytical Engine by Italian engineer Luigi Menabrea – and added extensive notes of her own. The notes speculated that the Engine “might act upon other things besides number”. It was this idea of a machine manipulating symbols and creating music that ultimately inspired Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

 

  • Alan Turing: the code breaker

 

If Ada Lovelace is the mother of modern computing, then Alan Turing is undoubtedly the father. His concept of the Turing machine is still one of the most widely examined theories of computer science. The theoretical Turing machine could solve any problem described by simple instructions encoded on a paper tape. One machine solving any problem and performing any task for which a program could be written – he had invented the computer.

 

From September 1938 Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) on the problem of the German Enigma machine, reporting to its wartime station after the UK declared war on Germany. Within weeks of arriving, Turing had designed the bombe, one of the primary automated tools to attack Enigma-protected message traffic. His efforts had helped win the war and he went on to work on software for one of the earliest true computers - the Manchester Ferranti Mark 1 – and started to address the problem of artificial intelligence.

 

  • Tim Berners-Lee: the man behind the World Wide Web

 

A former Oxford University student and software engineer, Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web.  In 1980, while working at CERN (the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva), Tim first described the concept of a global system that would allow researchers anywhere to share information. In 1989 he published 'Information Management: A Proposal', a paper that further explained the system. A system he would christen the World Wide Web.

 

The world's first website followed soon after (http://info.cern.ch) and was launched on 6 August 1991. It merely explained the World Wide Web concept and gave users an introduction to getting started with their own websites. The instructions were clear and as of January 2018, there are now more than 1.3 billion websites!

 

(You can follow Tim on Twitter here!)

 

  • Mark Zuckerberg: "some kids played computer games. Mark created them."

 

Arguably the most famous man in technology of the last century, Mark Zuckerberg began using computers and writing software in school. As a young child his father had taught him Atari BASIC Programming and even hired a software developer to tutor him privately!  

 

By the time Zuckerberg began classes at Harvard, he had already achieved a reputation as a programming prodigy. In January 2014, Zuckerberg began writing code for a new web site and on February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook”.

 

Facebook now has 2.19 billion monthly active users and 745 million people log in every day. Incredibly, this means that every second there are 20,000 people on Facebook!

 

  • “Amazing” Grace Hopper

 

Grace Hopper was part of a consortium that developed the programming language COBOL. Still a foundation of programming today, COBOL is responsible for running more than 70-80 percent of the world’s business transactions.

 

After earning her PhD in mathematics, Grace enlisted in the US Navy Reserve in 1943, and was immediately assigned to the programming staff of the new Mark I computer at Harvard University. Instantly hooked on computer programming, Grace stayed on at Harvard to develop the Mark II and Mark III machines. It was after this, in 1959, that Grace helped develop COBOL.

 

For her work in computer programming Grace has been awarded 40 honorary degrees from universities around the world, along with numerous awards and honours. Nicknamed “Amazing Grace,” she continues to be a role model and inspiration to women working in STEM fields today.

 

If you want to be a leader in technology, Sparta Global helps shape tech talent for the future. To find out more about our courses and how you can take your first step towards a career in tech, visit our Academy page now.

 

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