Today is Ada Lovelace Day and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by sharing the news about a teen girl in the United Kingdom who is turning heads in the computer programming world with her new app designed to help people recycle.
First a little background. Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer — of any gender. Her life and work are celebrated on this day, which has also become an informal celebration of all women in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Fast forward about 170 years, and Lovelace's legacy lives on — particularly in young women like 14-year-old Zea Tongeman. Zea is the designer of the social media app Jazzy Recycling that turns recycling into a game.
In this interview with The Guardian, Zea explains what motivated her to create her app:
"The aim was to create an app that solved a problem and straight away we thought of recycling and how to make it fun and rewarding. As Mary Poppins says: 'You find the fun and it becomes a game,' and that is exactly what our app does. Jazzy Recycling helps you find places to recycle, what you can recycle and then lets you scan, share and get rewards for what you've recycled. We believe a social incentive using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can really help young people like me recycle more."
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