Mary Gardiner to keynote Wikimania 2012

Wikimania logoWere proud to announce that Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner has been chosen to give the opening keynote at Wikimania 2012! Wikimania is the worlds top conference for Wikipedia and related Wikimedia projects, held this year from July 12 – 15 in Washington, D.C. Mary has been a strong advocate for open source and has worked extensively to elevate the role of women and increase their participation in open source and open culture," says James Hare, Wikimania 2012 coordinator.

Sarah Stierch, Wikimedia Community Fellow and Ada Initiative advisor says, One of the Wikimedia Foundations top goals is increasing the participation of women in Wikimedia projects. Marys selection as opening keynote for Wikimania shows that the Wikimedia community is also committed to improving women's participation. This makes me proud to be a Wikipedian."

Mary GardinerWere excited to be part of Wikimania and lucky to have an experienced and engaging public speaker like Mary at the Ada Initiative. See for yourself and watch her keynote at PyCon AU, on Changing the World with Python. In her talk, Mary describes four open source Python projects that directly make the world a better place (something we all thought wed be doing a lot more of when we started working in open source!).

Our next AdaCamp conference will be co-located with Wikimania 2012. AdaCamp is the worlds only conference focused on improving the participation of women in open source, Wikipedia, and open technology and culture. Sponsorship opportunities are now open! Email sponsors@adainitiative.org today to find out how you can be part of AdaCamp.