Ada Lovelace Day 2017 scavenger hunt and competition

We’re celebrating the first female computer scientist in honour of our growing position in the Tech and Data industries. You can get involved by participating in our scavenger hunt and entering our competition. Did you know that Transport for London is a major player not just in transport, but also in many careers that stem (pardon the pun) from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) backgrounds.

This year, we’re celebrating the T in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day. On 10 October, join in as we celebrate the women behind the scenes in technology. Hosted by the TfL Women in Technology group (a community affiliated with the TfL Women’s Network), it will be a jam-packed day of events, with a scavenger hunt and competition.

Ada Lovelace Day

Scavenger Hunt clues… Can you find Ada?

The hunt focuses on technology, transport, and the history of trailblazing women around London.

See our clues and start planning your routes. Take photos and share on social media with the hashtags #TfLALDHunt and #FindingAda. Tag our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages in your posts, and we will share our favourites!

  • Find the blue plaque where Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) lived from 1835.
  • Find the blue plaque where Beatrix Potter lived from 1866 to 1913.
  • Find a Passenger Information Display on the Victoria line.
  • Find a ‘W’ on the floor by a Tube platform screen door. The ‘W’ is for Westinghouse (the platform screen doors were made by Siemens/Westinghouse).
  • Find the famous Houses that stood next to the first traffic signal in the world!
  • Find the portrait of Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-94) by Maggi Hambling.
  • Find the memorial to the Chief Engineer who solved the problem of the Great Stink of 1858.
  • Find a train that was manufactured by Siemens.
  • Find Crossrail hoardings. Crossrail is one of the most diverse projects ever staffed in London with some very senior women engineers.
  • Find the Edith Cavell statue. She was shot in 1915, during World War I, by the German army for helping Allied soldiers escape from Occupied Belgium.
  • Find the Emmeline Pankhurst statue. She was a leader of the Suffragettes who fought for the vote for women, a right not won until 1928.
  • Find the building that will feature the ‘Poster Girls’ exhibition.
  • Find the Florence Nightingale statue. The statue was sculpted in 1867 by AG Walker, backs onto the Crimean War Memorial.
  • Find the Louisa Blake memorial. She was the first female surgeon in Britain and the first to operate on cancers of the cervix and rectum.
  • Find the Margaret Ethel MacDonald statue. The wife of Ramsay MacDonald died in 1911, at their home nearby, just before he became the first Labour Prime Minister.
  • Find a DLR train.
  • Find the blue plaque where the pioneer of the study of molecular structures including DNA lived 1951-1958.
  • Find the blue plaque where two related campaigners for Women’s Suffrage lived.
  • Find a religious building dedicated to Florence Nightingale’s shining light in the place she was offered to be buried.
  • Find the blue plaque where the pioneer of Child Psychoanalysis lived 1938-1982.
  • Find the statue of Catherine Booth. She was the cofounder of the Salvation Army in 1878.
  • Find the Virginia Woolf statue. She was a member of the racy Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists who lived in this area of London.
  • Find the blue plaque where the founder of Girton College Cambridge lived.
  • Find the statue of Mary Seacole. This Jamaica-born mixed-race nurse ran a front-line hospital/store during the Crimean War in 1855.
  • Find a number 15 bus, in 1974 Jill Viner became the first female bus driver.
  • Find the blue plaque where Elizabeth Garrett Anderson lived 1836-1917 – the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain.
  • Find the blue plaque where pioneering physicist and promoter of women’s rights lived 1903-1923.

Competition to win four Emirates Air Line cable car tickets!

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day we’re giving away four tickets to Emirates Air Line cable car and a goodie bag from Siemens. We have five sets of prizes so tell your friends!

It’s really easy to take part. Just take a photo of one of the items from our scavenger hunt and email it to us at

Your photo should have something a bit special or interesting but please don’t worry if you’re not a professional photographer! We are not looking for perfect photos, we just want you to enjoy celebrating Ada Lovelace.

Email your entries by the 15 October. Good luck!

Terms and conditions

The Promoter of the Ada Lovelace Day 2017 competition competition (“the Competition”) is Transport for London 42-50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL. Entry is only open to UK residents aged 18 or over excluding employees of Transport for London, or any of their subsidiaries advisers, agents and/or anyone connected with the organisation of this promotion.

The Competition begins on 6 October (“the Opening Date”) and 15 October (“the Closing Date”). Entries to the Competition must be submitted before the Closing Date.

In order to enter you must submit a photo featuring one item from the scavenger hunt and it must be your original work.

To submit a photo you must email Any entry which is incomplete or submitted through an alternative method will be rejected.

Transport for London is not be responsible for late, lost or delayed entries or network, computer hardware or software failures of any kind that may delay or restrict entry into the competition.

You can enter as many times as you like.

Five winners will receive four Emirates Air Line cable car tickets.

The winners will be the entrants who in the sole opinion of the judges who submit an interesting photo.

Your entry must be your own work, must not be copied, must not have been published before in any other publication (or on any website), must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not promote your own or third party goods or services or include any trade marks and must not promote inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, or otherwise be obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive or in breach of any applicable law or regulation. If we have reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches this paragraph, then we may not consider it and may disqualify it.

You will own the copyright to your entry. By submitting an entry to the Competition, you give Transport for London permission for your entry to be used Transport for London and you grant Transport for London a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use and publish your entry.

The winners will be notified by email by 20 October. The name of the winners will be made available if requested by email by 27 October. The winners will be required to provide a location where the prize will be sent within 14 days of the Closing Date.

The winners may be invited to take part in promotional activities.

The judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.

The Promoter reserves the right to substitute any prizes with a prize of equivalent or higher value in the event of circumstances outside of its control. There is no cash alternative to prizes.

Entry into the Competition implies acceptance of these terms and conditions. Transport for London reserves the right to refuse to award prizes to anyone found to be in breach of these terms and conditions.

These terms and conditions are governed by English Law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts

Privacy statement

Transport for London, its subsidiaries and service providers, will use your personal information for the purposes of administering this competition, informing you if you have won and if so, issuing your prize. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.


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