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The poetry of programming | Linda Liukas

This is Linda Liukas who passionately talk about computer programming. In this TED Talk, she explains the background of how she started programming by developing a fan website for Al Gore back in 2001. Here are some of her accomplishments.

  • Her children’s book, Hello Ruby, raised a total of $380,000 on Kickstarter.
  • She founded Rails Girls, which has organized workshops in over 230 cities, teaching the basics of programming to more than 10,000 women.
  • Linda worked at Codeacademy, which she left to write stories that teach children about software and programming.
  • She won the 2013 Ruby Hero prize and was named the Digital Champion of Finland by the EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda.

Links

Hello Ruby: http://www.helloruby.com/
Rails Girls: http://railsgirls.com/

European Institute for Gender Equality; Calendar 2014; Linda Liukas; Finland

European Institute for Gender Equality; Calendar 2014; Linda Liukas; Finland

My Review:

This is 12:44 minute talk and contains a lot of ideas about how to make programming simple and fun for children. This is a nice initiative and in a way something similar to Alay Kay’s vision related to DynaBook. I think this is one of best ways to design future technology by working with and teaching children.

Children with an Alto computer

Children with an Alto computer

More details about Alto Computer at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center can be found here: http://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/input-output/14/347

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