Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Celebrating women in computing: Karin Hoegh, Podcast expert, Denmark

Ada Lovelace Day is March 24, and all around the world, bloggers are celebrating Lovelace's great pioneer work (writing the code for the Analytical Engine, for her teacher and friend, the mathematician scientist Charles Babbage). Ada was born in 1815, at a time in history where women and girls were not supposed to bother their little brains with heavy topics such as math and science. More about her can be found in this article http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/lovelace.html

Well, today I am taking up the challenge to blog about "a woman in technology whose work I admire".
http://findingada.com/

My choice is an entrepreneur of today who has an impact in my own country, Denmark. Featuring Karin Hoegh, an experienced radio journalist who started her pioneer work on podcasting by herself at www.podjournalen.dk, and also mediating popular access to podcasting technologies some years back. She is now the initiator of the Danish Podcast award, Podcasterprisen, and conducting numerous courses for educators and others who wish to learn how to get into podcasting. What I really like about her work is the way that she supports and encourages the usage of the "minority language" Danish, in terms of online and information in Europe. www.podblog.dk/ Karin also uses and promotes the current web 2.0 social technologies in many ways. This is how her fans may follow her conference engagements and travels all over the world, promoting her ideas and insight in the field.
We met for the first time at the Reboot conference in Copenhagen and had a lively exchange, then met again several times mostly talking computer, pedagogy and podcasting stuff, but also having fun and making friends. Just wanted to include Karin Hoegh's exemplary case in the torrent of mighty ladies in technology whose work indeed makes a difference!

1 comment:

Karin H√łgh said...

Wow, thank you so much, Sus, what an honour - coming from a true networking and technology pioneer as yourself.

To be honest, I didn´t know about this Ada, and I think it is a great way of celebrating women in tech and at the same time acknowledging other womens work.

Thanks again

Karin