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Grace Hopper, Computing Pioneer

A United States Navy rear admiral and computer programming pioneer (a.k.a. all around rockstar), Grace Hopper is the inspiration behind our very own Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC).

Wired calls her “one of the most important people in the history of technology, man or woman.” Obviously, we feel the same.

So we couldn’t let her 108th birthday on December 9 pass by without some proper festivities. And what better way to celebrate “Amazing Grace” than to roll up your sleeves and code, or pass your skills on to the next generation?

Here are the top five ways you can fete one of our favorite superheroines:

1. Join the Hour of Code, a global movement to teach one hour of code to millions of students around the world.

2. Promote Computer Science in schools during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14.

3. Share Code.org’s infographic that sheds light on the job/student gap in computer science.

4. Mark you calendar for GHC 2015 on October 14 -16, 2015 in Houston, Texas. It’s never too early to start planning, with tickets set to sell out fast.

5. Watch Grace Hopper herself chop it up with David Letterman and teach him a thing or two about nanoseconds.