Since 2000, the number of young women in Scotland taking computer science at school/college has fallen by almost 80%. 

At a time when data, tech and digital play a more important role in our lives than ever before – and when there are more opportunities in the computer science field than ever before – that stat means young women are more likely to miss out on those opportunities than they were two decades ago.

Ada Scotland Festival is working to address that gender imbalance. The festival (named after Ada Lovelace, not just the first female computer programmer but arguably the first computer programmer full stop) runs 11-25 October, with a huge programme of events aimed at entertaining, informing and inspiring a new generation of Scots women to discover computing.

We’re proud to be part of it. On Monday 11th October, Elina Karadzhova and Graeme Sutherland will be talking about the exciting future of Augmented Reality and how you can take your first steps into AR with Snapchat's Lens Studio.

If you know someone who could benefit from this or any of the sessions at Ada Scotland Festival, please point them in the direction of the festival website, Twitter or Instagram.