How to Enter

Show or tell with any medium what you think Ada Lovelace would be especially interested in about 21st century technology.

Show or tell with any medium from the list below what you think Ada Lovelace would be especially interested in about twenty-first century technology. Don't forget Ada won't know what things like mobile phones are, so you will need to be very thoughtful in your explanations!

Entries may be in the form of letters, presentations, dramatized conversations or interactions – anything so long as the focus is communicating to Ada about twenty-first century technology.

The closing date is: midnight (BST) on 13 October 2015.

Email your entry to

or if the Ada email address bounces.

The following formats will be accepted:

  • a letter (500 words maximum) - to be scanned, so all entries are electronic
  • an email (500 words maximum)
  • blogpost (500 words maximum)
  • social media text (500 words max) (Not available in the under-13s age category.)
  • a video (3 minutes maximum)
  • graphic (up to A3 in size)
  • photos or images on any software platform (maximum 25 photos).

The competition is open to females in three age categories:

  • under 13
  • 13-15
  • 16-18
  • Group entries will also be accepted and will be judged in a separate category or categories.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged according to :

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Creativity.

Email your entry to with Entry to Ada Lovelace Competition as the subject line.

For your entry to be valid, you MUST include the following information in your email:

  • Your full name
  • Your competition age category (or details of your group)
  • Your date of birth (individuals only)
  • Your school or group and its address
  • The email address and phone number of a parent, guardian, or teacher who gives you permission to enter the 2015 Ada Lovelace Competition.


Prizes for the 2015 Ada Lovelace Competition have been provided courtesy of The National Museum of Computing, the University of Oxford, the Queen Mary University of London, Computer Science For Fun, Penguin Random House, Dixons Carphone, and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Prize details according to age categories will be confirmed in September 2015.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions of the 2015 Ada Lovelace Competition (The Competition)

  1. The Competition is organised by The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) and the University of Oxford.

  2. Entry to The Competition is open to persons who will be aged under 19 years on October 13, 2015, who are full-time residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

  3. By entering The Competition, entrants are agreeing that the permission of an adult or guardian aged over 18 has been gained, and that the adult agrees to these Terms and Conditions on their behalf. The adult may be a parent, guardian or teacher. Contact details for the approving adult must be provided by entrants to validate their entry.

  4. Entry to The Competition opens on Thursday 2 July 2015 at 09:00 BST. Entry closes on Tuesday 13 October 2015 at midnight BST. Submissions received outside of this timeframe will not be considered.

  5. Entrants can enter The Competition individually, as well as in a group. Only one entry per person and per group is permitted. If more than one entry is submitted, only the entrant's first submission will be considered.

  6. Your entry must be your own work, although help in operational matters in putting together your entry is acceptable and should be acknowledged in your entry.

  7. It is your responsibility to ensure that your entry does not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.

  8. If you are uploading materials via telecoms, eg smartphone, be sure to get the bill payer’s permission.

  9. We do not accept responsibility for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries will not be returned.

  10. By submitting your entry, you are granting organisers of The Competition licence to use, edit, adapt, abridge, and publish your entry.

  11. You agree to take part in, and cooperate with, a reasonable amount of publicity or other promotional activity.