“Ada Lovelace Day, 24 March, is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.” (Pledgebank page)
Less than 12 months ago, I first “met” Pam Broviak, a professional engineer working for a municipality in Illinois, USA. I still haven’t actually met Pam face-to-face, but she has become a regular contact online (and her Second Life avatar, right, has become a familiar feature). She worked with me and fellow volunteers Martin Brown and Jodie Miners to organise Be2camp 2008, the UK’s – indeed, we think the world’s – first ‘unconference’ focused on Web 2.0 tools and techniques as they apply to the Built Environment. We communicated and collaborated via Twitter, Skype, Ning, blogs, Google Groups and in Second Life during the planning of Be2camp, and Pam also presented twice on 10 October via Skype, including a remote contribution on ‘green building’ certification regimes to the evening Pecha Kucha.
Much of Pam’s work is online. She is involved with publishing an online journal: Grid Works, and manages an online community for public works professionals: the Public Works Group. In between these tasks, her day job, Twitter and Second Life, she also apparently finds time for World of Warcraft, and has produced her own introductory guide to social media (PDF).
Pam is definitely a woman in the forefront of adoption of Web 2.0 by the world of architecture, engineering and construction.