Event to mark Lovelace Colloquium milestone

As part of our ongoing work to encourage more women and girls into choosing a career in technology, we’ll be hosting a special event next month.

The Lovelace Colloquium Artificial Intelligence (AI) Challenge 2017 will be held as part of our continuing support for the annual Lovelace Colloquium, a free, one-day conference for female students organised by BCSWomen, a branch of the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

In 2017, the conference, which honours Ada Lovelace, who is commonly regarded as the first computer programmer, celebrates its 10th consecutive year and is therefore returning to its home of Aberystwyth University.

The AI Challenge, which will take place the evening before the main conference at the Studio Theatre of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on April 11th, was built by some of our developers specially for events such as this.

The challenge, which is already fully booked, requires users make bots that allow them to control a number of on-screen players or figures. These players then battle with opponent players to destroy one another, as well as collecting items during play that allow them to reproduce, banking more players for their team so they can slowly take control of the game.

Recruitment Manager John Wright said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with the organisers of the Lovelace Colloquium to bring this fun event to Aberystwyth, so that more women can get a taste for a career in technology.

“The disproportionate number of women in IT and STEM is recognised as an issue worldwide, and the Government Equalities Office said in a report last year that stereotypes about ‘men’s work’ and ‘women’s work’ are a strong influence on young people throughout their education, influencing their career choices.

“We hope this challenge will help more women to picture themselves enjoying the rewards of a career in software.”

Dr Hannah Dee, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Aberystwyth University, who helps put on the Colloquium each year, added: “It’s great to have Scott Logic back at our 10th BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium.

“They’ve been supporting the social every year for a while now, providing the attendees with some much needed refreshment and networking time at the end of the day. This year, Scott Logic are going to play an even bigger role in the event, bringing a hackathon activity for the students which will introduce some friendly competition the night before.”

To add your name to the reserve list for the AI challenge, visit scottlogic.com/lovelace-colloquium-ai-challenge.