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The Ada Initiative is growing! Announcing our search for a new Executive Director

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Are you not afraid to say the f-word, feminism? You may be the next ED of the Ada Initiative!

The Ada Initiative is growing – by hiring a new Executive Director! Keep reading for why we are taking this important step, and how you can apply for this exciting job. (Already know you are interested? Read the job description now!)

Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner founded the Ada Initiative in 2011 to increase the participation and status of women in open technology and culture. After decades of seeing volunteers burning out, they wanted to know: if we applied the feminist principle of paying people for their work to our activism, could we make more progress for women in open tech/culture? The answer: unequivocally yes! Since our founding, hundreds of open tech/culture conferences have adopted and enforced anti-harassment policies, many communities have adopted online codes of conduct, and the percentage of women attending or speaking at conferences has increased dramatically in several communities.

When we reviewed our programs late this year, we realized that there was more demand for our work than we had the ability to supply. Each of our AdaCamp unconferences, held on three continents this year, sold out several weeks earlier than expected. Our Ally Skills Workshops are booked solid into 2015. And we can't launch our standalone Impostor Syndrome Training soon enough for everyone emailing us about it! Fortunately, we also had a banner year for fundraising, raising $215,000 during our yearly fundraising drive and landing our first $100,000 donation.

That's why we’re announcing the search for our most important hire yet: a new Executive Director, who will lead the Ada Initiative as we grow to 5 – 15 staff members over the next few years. Our current Executive Director and co-founder, Valerie Aurora, will shift into a role as Director of Training, working full time on the Ally Skills Workshop and Impostor Syndrome Training programs. Our other two current staff members, co-founder and Deputy Executive Director Mary Gardiner, and Director of Operations Suki McCoy, are staying on as well.

The new Executive Director will lead the overall organization: setting priorities, deciding which programs to run and where, and periodically re-examining our scope and mission. They will also lead our fundraising efforts and manage our staff members and consultants. This is a fulfilling, exciting, and challenging job. Successful candidates will need to be not only organized, financially savvy, and responsible, but also flexible, creative, funny, inspirational, supportive, and comfortable with uncertainty. In addition, the ability to handle conflict well is particularly important, as conflict is an inevitable part of successful activism. The full job description is here.

Please share this job description far and wide! If you know someone that you think would be a good candidate, please forward this job description to them. If that isn't appropriate, you can send your suggestion to jobs@adainitiative.org.

This exciting success and growth over the last few years has been, and will continue to be, made possible by you: our donors. As a service-oriented non-profit, salaries are by far our biggest expense. While corporate sponsors and fees for our training workshops help cover some of our costs, donations from individuals are our largest source of funding. This allows us to stay independent and mission-focused. Thank you so much for your incredibly important support!

­Sumana Harihareswara
Chair of the Ada Initiative Executive Director search committee
on behalf of the Ada Initiative board of directors

Anonymous donor gives $100,000 to support women in Linux

Today we are proud to announce a $100,000 donation to the Ada Initiative to support women in open technology and culture, on top of the $215,000 given by 1100 donors in our 2014 fundraising drive. The donor, a Linux kernel contributor who wishes to remain anonymous, is motivated by the continuing low proportion of women in the Linux kernel development community: currently around 1-5%, as compared to about 20% in closed source software development. Our donor believes that free and open source software like Linux should be more diverse and more open to underrepresented groups than closed source software, not less.

In response to this generous donation, the Ada Initiative pledges to teach 4 Ally Skills Workshops free of charge at Linux-related conferences in 2015, and give 100 hours of free consulting to Linux-related organizations working on making the community more welcoming.

Why focus on women in Linux?

The Linux project, now 23 years old, is one of the world’s best known and longest lived free and open source software projects, and continues to serve as a model to other projects. The culture of Linux kernel development strongly influences open source culture as a whole. People in all open source projects would benefit from a healthy, inclusive, and welcoming Linux kernel community.

Increasing the proportion of women in Linux to at least match that in proprietary software is a difficult task for many reasons, among them a culture of verbal and emotional abuse perpetuated by some leading Linux developers, including the Linux project leader, Linus Torvalds. This abuse affects people of all genders, as shown by Lennart Poettering's description of the harassment and threats he experiences, but it is especially harmful to women given the additional barriers they face such as sexism, stereotype threat, sexual assault, and other gender-related discrimination. Solving the problems that contribute to the low percentage of women in Linux will also make the Linux community better for most people, regardless of their gender.

Many Linux community members already want a more productive and welcoming working environment, and are looking for specific, concrete ways they can help make that a reality. The Ally Skills Workshop teaches these people the skills to respond when they see sexist or abusive behavior, as well as how to prevent it from happening in the first place. In the workshop, people learn specific techniques for how to have more productive and useful discussions, how to implement codes of conduct that support good technical decision-making, how to avoid wasting time and energy on unproductive arguments, and how to improve listening skills and reduce defensiveness. All of these skills help create a more productive, creative, and rewarding working environment for the vast majority of Linux community members.

Progress for women in Linux

The good news for women in Linux is that, after 4 years of advocacy spearheaded by the Ada Initiative, all major Linux conferences now have strong, enforceable anti-harassment policies as of November 2014. These policies have significantly reduced the incidence of many kinds of in-person abuse at Linux conferences, including physical and sexual assault, pornography in presentations, and sexist jokes by keynote speakers. The next step is spreading this kind of cultural change from conferences to online interaction in the Linux community, as the Django, Python, and Rust communities have done so successfully in recent years.

To support the many Linux community members who have been working for a more humane working environment for many years, the Ada Initiative will teach 4 Ally Skills Workshops at Linux-related conferences in 2015, free of charge to attendees or the conference. These workshops will train up to 120 advocates to fight for major, systemic changes in the Linux development culture, using best practices from other open source communities that have successfully increased the participation of women. We will also reserve 100 staff hours to provide free consulting to Linux-related organizations working towards the goal of a less toxic, more productive Linux development culture. If you would like to host one of these workshops or consult with us, email us at contact@adainitiative.org.

Our Ally Skills Workshops are in high demand by software companies, foundations, and conferences, and are often fully booked months in advance. We developed the workshop over 3 years, drawing on many years of experience in open tech/culture communities. We normally charge several thousand dollars to cover the costs of each workshop. This level of sustained advocacy for women in Linux is only possible thanks to this generous donation.

Change is possible

We understand that raising the percentage of women in Linux is a daunting task. The invitation-only Linux Kernel Developer's Summit, the most important Linux developer conference in the world, has a single-digit percentage of women attendees. Influential leaders make and defend disgusting insults as part of the development process, make sexist comments in talks, and argue about the definition of rape on public Linux mailing lists.

At the same time, we offer these signs of hope: as free and open sources software conferences adopted anti-harassment policies, the number of publicly reported sexist incidents dropped, from 4 incidents per year at FLOSS conferences in 2009 and 2010, to 3 per year in 2011 – 2013, and 1 in 2014 (so far). Women and genderqueer people participating in the Outreach Program for Women contributed over 1092 patches to the Linux kernel, and were the top contributors by patch count to the 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, and 3.14 kernels. The Python software community radically increased the percentage of women attending PyCon from less than 10% in 2011 to about 33% in 2014, and the percentage of women speakers went from 1% in 2010 to 33% in 2014. Change is possible; let's get to work!

Thank you again to our anonymous $100,000 donor, and to our major individual donors from previous years: Sumana Harihareswara and Leonard Richardson, who donated $21,000 in 2012-2013, and Jesse Ruderman, who donated $5120 in 2011. Because of you, and all of our donors in the last four years, the open source software community is more diverse and welcoming than ever before – and it will keep getting better. Thank you!

T-shirts are here! "Not Afraid to Say the F-Word: Feminism"

Gray/black shirt with "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" printed in white

Shirt color will be heathered charcoal

As we promised, we are offering a new thank-you gift: t-shirts with our "Not Afraid to Say the F-word: Feminism" logo! To get your "F-word" t-shirt, just donate $256 or more to support women in open tech/culture before January 1, 2015.

Donate now

People who donate before Nov 30th can get their shirts delivered to U.S. addresses by Dec. 24th, in time for the holidays! International donors can get shirts too (no extra cost), but we can’t make any promises about when they’ll arrive. These t-shirts will only be available until the end of the year, so don’t miss them!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Happy AdaCampers!
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The t-shirts are heathered charcoal with white printing and made by District Clothing, who are committed to conducting business in a socially responsible manner. Fitted shirts are available up to a chest measurement of 53", and straight cut shirts are available up to a chest measurement of 55".

2014 is winding up as an amazing year for the Ada Initiative. We’re holding AdaCamps on three continents (two of them for the first time). We’ve taught the Ally Skills Workshop to more than two hundred people, and trained more than a dozen others to bring it to their own communities. We’ve increased the number of conferences and communities covered by our anti-harassment policies and codes of conduct, and continued to provide free consulting to companies and organizations on implementing these policies in their communities and responding to incidents when they happen.

Thanks to your incredible support during our 2014 fundraising drive, we’re looking forward to doing even more next year! More AdaCamps, more Ally Skills Workshops, more Impostor Syndrome training, and more anti-harassment work, all made possible by your support. We made these fun t-shirts to thank you, so one last time: Thank you!

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AdaCamp Berlin report-out: "I went to AdaCamp and all I got was a very good time!"

"Thanks to all of you! it was a great experience that all women in tech and open culture should live." — Anonymous AdaCamper

AdaCamp is an unconference for women in open technology and culture and the people who support them. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, discuss issues women have in common across open technology and culture fields, and find ways to address them. AdaCamp is organized by the Ada Initiative, a non-profit devoted to increasing the participation and status of women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software, Wikipedia and related projects, fan fiction, and more.

57 people who identified as women attended AdaCamp Berlin, held on October 11-12, 2014 at the office of Wikimedia Deutschland.

AdaCamp

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who made AdaCamp Berlin possible:
Google, Puppet Labs, Ada Initiative donors, Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat, Web We Want, Wikimedia Foundation, Simple, New Relic, Wikimedia Deutschland, Linux Foundation, NetApp, Rackspace, Spotify, Stripe, Wikimedia UK, MongoDB, Gitlab, OCLC, O'Reilly, Pinboard, and Python Software Foundation.

Impact of AdaCamp Berlin

"Talking to feminist women who work in tech and don't do exactly the same things I do gave me the possibility of looking at my position from other points of view and this was very empowering." — Anonymous AdaCamper

Our post-event survey (24% response rate) indicated that 83% respondents had improved their professional networks and feel more committed to participating in open technology and culture as a result of AdaCamp, two of the primary goals of the event. 66% of respondents felt more part of a community of women in open technology and culture and 58% agreed that AdaCamp increased their awareness of issues facing women in open technology and culture.

"I got back to editing Wikipedia after being dormant for 3 years." — Ednah Kiome

62% of respondents also said that they learned new skills to participate in open technology and culture. Overall, survey respondents liked the unconference format for its attendee-driven content and collaborative nature. Many participants specifically praised AdaCamp's role cards that are used for all sessions to help keep the session focused, on topic, and productive.

About the attendees

AdaCamp Berlin Attendees

CC BY-SA Sarah Sharp

"She believed, she could, so she did."Greta Doci

57 people attended AdaCamp Berlin. The attendees came from 19 countries. 35% of attendees were from Germany and 13% were from the United Kingdom. Other countries represented include Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America.

We worked hard to make AdaCamp Berlin diverse in many different ways. Some statistics from our post-conference survey (24% response rate):

  • 9% listed their race or ethnicity as other than white or Caucasian (compared to 23% in the Adacamp Portland survey, 30% in the AdaCamp San Francisco survey and 25% in the AdaCamp DC survey)
  • 100% were born outside the United States (11% AdaCamp Portland, 18% AdaCamp San Francisco, 28% AdaCamp DC)
  • 50% were not employed as programmers or IT specialists (42% AdaCamp Portland, 41% AdaCamp San Francisco, 49% AdaCamp DC)

Travel scholarships

"Inclusivity was a founding cornerstone of the event."Zara Rahman

To make AdaCamp more accessible to students, non-profit employees and others living outside of Berlin, and to increase the diversity of our attendees, we offered 6 travel scholarships to AdaCamp Berlin. Two of the travel grants were awarded to AdaCampers from Albania, and the others were awarded to AdaCampers from Belgium, France, Kenya and Slovenia. An additional 5 travel grants were provided by Wikimedia UK for UK based attendees. These five AdaCampers came from the United Kingdom and from Ireland.

What we did

AdaCamp Berlin was primarily structured as an unconference, with attendee-organized and facilitated sessions around issues facing women in open technology and culture. Based on feedback from the previous four AdaCamps, we added some more structure to the beginning and end of the schedule.

"I loved that AdaCamp allowed us to talk about [the connections between basic rights for women, and empowerment through technology] in their interlinked realities, unlike the slew of women’s events that seem to do little more than feed corporate ambitions." — Jane Ruffino

For most attendees, the first session of AdaCamp was an Impostor Syndrome workshop. Women's socialization is often less confident and competitive than men's, and women are therefore especially vulnerable to Impostor Syndrome — the belief that one's work is inferior and one's achievements and recognition are fraudulent — in open technology and culture endeavors where public scrutiny of their work is routine. As at AdaCamp San Francisco, the opening session was a large-group Impostor Syndrome workshop facilitated by AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore lead Alex Bayley. The Impostor Syndrome workshop was followed by introductory sessions on areas of open technology and culture that might be new to participants; including everything from electronic security and privacy, to feminist activism.

Two sessions in the afternoon were the first free-form sessions: the first focusing on what problems and barriers face women in open source technology and culture; and the second discussing existing solutions in a variety of communities. On Sunday the morning sessions were also free-form, with a focus on generating new and creative ways to address the problems and barriers facing women in open source technology and culture.

AdaCamp Schedule

CC BY-SA Nóirín Plunkett

On Sunday afternoon, attendee-organized sessions moved towards skill-sharing and creation, with a multitude of workshops, make-a-thons, edit-a-thons, hack-a-thons, and tutorials that ranged from a security and cryptography workshop, through group programming working on software as a craft, to a meta-workshop on how to run workshops!

AdaCampers reported learning a variety of new skills including but not limited to the usage of crypto tools, privacy, approaches to feminism, how to contribute to open source, how to better organize events, creating safer spaces, making events inclusive, fan culture, security and what one AdaCamper described as "A deeper understanding of why security is particularly important for women."

Lightning talks were held on both days of the main track. Any AdaCamper that wanted to share their knowledge, experience or passion—on a topic either in open technology and culture or not—was given the stage for 90 seconds. AdaCampers talked about subjects from useful hand signals for group communication, to online language barriers, to Wikipedia projects. For many lightning talk speakers, this was their first experience of public speaking.

Social events

On the evening of Friday October 10, Wikimedia UK and Web We Want sponsored a reception at Wikimedia Deutschland. Thank you to Wikimedia UK and Web We Want for hosting a reception that allowed a wider group to get together and socialise in a positive, feminist atmosphere.

3 women smiling

CC BY-SA Greta Doci


Following the tradition established at AdaCamps DC, San Francisco, and Portland; instead of a large social event on Saturday night, attendees had dinner in small groups at restaurants around Berlin. Attendees were invited to host dinners on behalf of their employers. Thank you to Puppet Labs and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and their representatives, for hosting dinners.

"The greatest moments [of AdaCamp] were the session on women who don't code and the Saturday night dinner, developing a discussion on codes of conduct at feminist events we'd begun during the afternoon with some of the women who attended it and luckily were also at the dinner." — Anonymous AdaCamper

Reports from AdaCampers

"I went to AdaCamp and all I got was a very good time!" — Helga Hansen

Several AdaCampers wrote publicly about their experiences at the event, in a variety of languages! You can read some of those blogs posts here:

Conference resources

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CC BY-SA Ioana Chiorean


Each AdaCamp we strive to improve the event. After each AdaCamp, we publish any resources we developed and license them CC BY-SA for use by the community. We're presently working on a photography usage policy, which we look forward to releasing publicly in the new year!

Future AdaCamps

We're thrilled with the increasing success of AdaCamp at bringing women together and developing the current and next generation of women leaders in open technology and culture. AdaCamp is one of the key events of the Ada Initiative, with huge impact on its attendees and the communities they are involved in. Our 2014 AdaCamps in Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India, are part of our strategy to reach a wider range of women by holding more frequent but smaller AdaCamps around the world. We are developing plans for AdaCamps in 2015 and 2016 now. If you'd like to be notified of the next AdaCamp, sign up to our announcement mailing list or follow us on Twitter.

Thank you to all of the AdaCamp Berlin attendees and AdaCamp sponsors for giving us the support we needed to run this event and make it what it is. You are what makes AdaCamp a success!

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2015 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you again to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs, gold sponsors Automattic, Red Hat, Mozilla, Web We Want, and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

You did it! Thank you, and what's next for you and the Ada Initiative!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo


You did it! Over 1100 donors gave over $206,000 to our 2014 fundraising drive. We reached our original goal of $150,000 with 3 days to go, and then you gave another $56,000!!!

This month alone has made a real difference for women in open technology and culture. Not only will your generous donations help fund our 2014-2015 plans including four AdaCamp unconferences for women, the launch of Impostor Syndrome training as a standalone class, and dozens of Ally Skills Workshops, as a direct result of your generous gifts, we are:

Good fundraising is also good activism, and this drive was no exception! Functional programmers banded together not only to raise money but to call on the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) to better publicize their anti-harassment policies. Liz Henry called on hackerspaces to list their anti-harassment policies on the hackerspaces wiki, or adopt a policy if they didn't have one. Several companies and organizations contacted the Ada Initiative to book Ally Skills Workshops or to ask for free consulting on implementing anti-harassment policies.

A woman wearing a fedora with a "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" sticker on it

Which f-word is that?

Good fundraising is also FUN! As a result of this fundraiser, librarians practically have a costume ball going on at an upcoming conference, and they have a new cat-themed skin for open source library catalogue system Koha. Functional programmers threatened to post a video of themselves singing filk songs. Feminists everywhere took selfies while wearing silly hats. As supporter Ryan Kennedy put it on Twitter, "thanks to @adainitiative for working with me to put together a fundraising campaign for them. A+…would fundraise again."

"F-word: Feminism" sticker available for one more week

Black and white sticker with text reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD adainitiative.org"

Over 1000 donors have proved that they aren't afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM! As a thank you, we're making our "Not afraid to say the F-word" stickers available to donors who donate before October 15th, 2014. "Not afraid to say the F-word" t-shirts won't be available till later in the year, but stay in touch to get the first announcement when they are ready!

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Staying involved

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

Donating is just one way to support women in open technology and culture. Check out our list of ways people can help in their everyday lives. Corporations interested in the open technology and culture space can get involved in several ways as well. Consider booking an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace or conference. If you are a feminist woman in open tech/culture, you can apply to attend our 2015 AdaCamps when we announce registration opening. And you can keep up to date with the Ada Initiative's work, AdaCamp and other event announcements, scholarships, calls to action, and similar ways to be part of the movement for change by keeping in touch with us.

Thanks and appreciation

An extraordinary coalition of individuals, communities, and corporations helped make our next year of work possible. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated their time, social capital, or money.

We are very happy that fundraising was such a positive experience for so many of our supporters. It was an uplifting, encouraging experience for us as well, thanks in large part to the many advisors and support staff who were part of making our next year's work possible.

Guido van Rossum wearing "Python is for girls" shirt

Guido van Rossum wearing "Python is for girls" shirt

Thank you to our interviewees and guest writers this month, and your astounding (even — or especially — to us) accounts of how the Ada Initiative has affected your life and work: Ellen Spertus, N. K. Jemisin, Mary Robinette Kowal, Guido van Rossum, Rachel Chalmers, Kronda Adair, Stephanie Zvan, Amelia Greenhall, PZ Myers, Sue Gardner, Netha Hussain and Sumana Harihareswara.

An additional thank you to N. K. Jemisin for donating copies of her novel The Killing Moon and Mary Robinette Kowal for donating copies of her novel Valour and Vanity as donor thank you gifts. Don't forget: a set of hardcover copies Mary's series The Glamourist Histories together with a signed manuscript of the upcoming fifth book Of Noble Family, is being auctioned by Con or Bust right now to raise money for fans of color to attend SFF conventions!

Thank you community fundraisers!

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CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Each of these campaigns has, as well as supporting the Ada Initiative's important work, made critical and concrete steps to improve their community for women.

If we left you or your community out of this list, thank you and we're sorry!! This fundraiser was so much bigger than we expected and we're sure we lost track of something. Please contact us immediately and we'd be thrilled to add you to this list.

And of course, we thank all of our more than 1100 donors, including the more than 700 who gave us permission to share their names:

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Joshua Zucker
Julia Elman
Julian Cohen
Julie C. Swierczek
Julie Kane
Julie Pagano
Julio O.
Justin Bailey
Justin Holguin
Justine Lam
k7
Kaeti Hinck
Kara Sowles
Karen and Dean Henry
Karen James
Kate Clancy
Kate Losse
Kate Tsoukalas
Kathleen Danielson
Kathleen Quinton
Kathryn Killebrew
Kathy Lussier
Katie Bechtold
kcunning
Kees Cook
Kelly Hills & Nicholas Evans
Kelly Shaw
Ken Keiter
Kendra Albert
Kenny Easwaran
Kent and Victoria Brewster
Keri Cascio
Kevin B Shiue
Kevin Grinberg
Kevin Lyda
Kevin Reiss
Kevin Scaldeferri
Kevin Stranack
Killerdackel
Kim Rottman
Kit La Touche
Konstantin Ryabitsev
Kristy
Krzysztof Sakrejda
kscottz
Kshitij Sobti
Kyle Marsh
L Dalton
Laen
Larissa Shapiro
Lars Hupel
Laura Baalman
Laurel Narizny
Lawrence Rosenwald
leahatplay
Lee Yan Quan
Len Sorensen
Leslie Birch @Zengirl2
Levent Erkok
LewisX
Liang Bo Wang
Lillie Chilen
Lim Bun Chun
Lin Clark
Lincoln Loop
Linda Li
Lindsey Austinson
Linnea and Jake
Lisa Snider
Livia Labate
Liz Fong-Jones
lnxchk
Logan Cox
Logan Narcomey
Lucas Bradstreet
Lukas Blakk
Lyle Troxell
Lyn Turbak
Lynn Root
M Popov
M Wallace
Magni
Maik Hoepfel
Malcolm Rowe
Manuel Chakravarty
Marc Epard
Margaret Heller
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Mario Estrada
Marisa
Marius Gedminas
Mark Beatty
Mark Does Stuff
MarkOnTheBluffs
martha
Martijn
Martin Robinson
Matt
Matt (2)
Matt Collins
Matt Critchlow
Matt Shipman
Matthew Garrett
Matthew Ramir
Matthias Urlichs
MATTY FO
Maura Smale
Maureen Brian
Maureen Carruthers
Max Bittker
Max Martin
Max Schoening
Max Whitney
maximum entropy
May Yan
Meagan E
Meagan Waller
Meg Ecclestone
Mel Chua
Mele Sax-Barnett
Merlijn van Deen
Merlin Havlik
Merrilee Proffitt
Michael Creel
Michael Greenberg
Michael JasonSmith
Michael Marineau
Michael Perry
Michael R. Crusoe
Micheal Beatty
Michele & Joel Zinn
Michele Baldessari
Michi Trota
Mika Kaplan, PE
Mike and Yu
Mike Giarlo
Mike Perez
Mike Robinson
Mike Shema
Mike Taffe
Miriam Krause
Mitchell Baker
Mo
Molly Clare Wilson
Monette Richards
Monica Vaughan
Moses Milazzo
Mx A. Matienzo
Nadia Dixson
Naomi Novik
Natalie Freed
Nate Daiger
NateHevens
Nathan Walker
Neel Krishnaswami
Netanel Ganin
Nick Barkas
Nick Coghlan
Nick Disabato
Nick Johnson
Nicola Gaston
Niels de Vos
nigelb
nilasae
Nissa Strottman
Noah Kantrowitz
Noah Silas
NoisyAstronomer
Nolan Brubaker
Olivia Buzek
OSM-er (one of the many)
Ostrijj
Otterfaseowl
Owen Taylor
Pam Chestek
Pamela Auble
Pascale Hammond Lane
Pat Campbell
Pat Hickey
Patricia Hswe
Patrick Lam
Patrick Thomson
Paul Albee
Paul Bracke
Paul Lord
Paul McLanahan
Paul Stansifer
Paula, Mother of Ada
PaulAtNorthGare
Peggy Hamilton
Pensnest
Peter Fishman
Peter Fogg
Peter Inglesby
Peter Kropf
Peter Murray
Peter Tribble
Peter van Hardenberg
Philip Wadler
Pieter Droogendijk
PJ Souders
PLG- Toronto Area Chapter
pluramirite
Polly-Alida Farrington
Prabhakar Ragde
Priscilla Oppenheimer
ptone
Rachel Chalmers
Rachel Cohon
Rachel Frick
Rachel Sakry
Raf
Ralph Giles
Ralph LeVan
Ranginui
ranti
Regis rmd1023 Donovan
Reid Parham
Richard Destry Fronck
Rob Funk
Robert Parker
Robert Read
Robin Champieux
Robin Hammerman
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
Ross Singer
rosser
Roy Tennant
Ruben Orduz
rudeamy
Ruth
Ruthy
Ryan Foushee
Ryan Tyler
Ryan Wright
S + C Wanek
S*Marts Consulting, LLC
Sally Stemwedel
Salvatore Orlando
Sam
Sam Kuehn
Sam Pullara
Samantha Hines
Sandi Clement
Sara Smollett
Sarah Huffman
Sarah J. Bell
Sarah Melton
Sarah Sharp
Sarah Shreeves
Sarah Simpkin
Sarah Thrasher
Scott Hanrath
Scott Moynes
Scott Prager
Scott Ricketts
Sean Gillies
Sean Jensen-Grey
Sean McAfee
Sean McGinnis
Selena Deckelmann
Seth Reeder
Shana L. McDanold
Shannon Prickett, Patron of the Arts
Sharon
Sharon E. Farb
Shawn Cook
Shoshana
Sibyl Schaefer
Simon Anderson (@DreamHostSimon)
Simon Wistow
Sparky
Stacey Cooney
steev'n villereal
Stef Maruch
Stefanie Lueck
Steph, Brian, and Luka Burg
Stephen Crim, Imaginary Bridges
Steve Caldwell
Steve Van Tuyl
stevelle
Steven McDougall
Suda Miller
Susan Tan
Sylvar
Sylvia Sotomayor
Talk Science to Me Communications Inc.
Tara
Tara C Smith
Tara Robertson
Ted Faber
Terri Haber
The Benjamin Frankenstein Electric Kitten Experience
The Sacketts
theepdinker
Thomas M. Smith
Thomas Wouters
Tim (Tojo) Johnson
Tim Chevalier
Tim Nelson
Tim Perry
Tina Coles
Tina Lee
Tina Wuest
Tish Hayes
Toby Greenwalt
Tollef Fog Heen
Tom Burns
Tom Lyon
Tom Shilson
Tomas Apodaca
Tracy Teal
Trammell Hudson
Travis Rhoden
Trevor Munoz
Trey Hunner
unpythonic.net
val
Valerie Fenwick
Valorie Zimmerman
victoria zenoff
Vijay Bellur
Vincenzo Averello
Walt Jones
wilkie
Will Kearney
Will Salz
Will Skora
Will Thompson
Willow Dower
Wouter Swierstra
Xelnor
Yoyo Zhou
Yvan Boily
zab
Zach Coble
Zack Glick
Zaida Purizaga
Zulah and Carlos
Zuska

Netha Hussain: “My dream came true! AdaCamp is coming to Bangalore!”

A woman wearing a shawl standing in front of tropical vegetation

Medical student, Wikipedian and AdaCamper Netha Hussain, CC BY-SA Netha Hussain

On the final day of our 2014 fundraising campaign, we interview our amazing long-time volunteer and soon to be three-time AdaCamp alumna, Netha Hussain! Netha is a Wikipedian, writer, and medical student, living in the state of Kerala, India. She attended AdaCamp DC in 2012 on an international travel scholarship from Google. She described her experience this way: "Yes, AdaCamp literally changed my life." Now, two years later, she is helping the Ada Initiative bring AdaCamp to Bangalore!

AdaCamp Bangalore will be the first ever AdaCamp in Asia, and we hope it will be as transformational for others as it was for Netha! We talked to Netha about her initial experiences at AdaCamp and her hopes for AdaCamp Bangalore. To support future AdaCamps, donate now and help us continue to scale up our work!

Donate now

Ada Initiative: How has AdaCamp changed your life?

Two women smiling, one with a t-shirt that reads "I edit Wikipedia" and one wearing an Ada Initiative button

Wikimedians at AdaCamp DC
CC BY-SA Adam Novak

Netha: AdaCamp changed my life by giving me opportunities to network with the right people to begin new projects on Wikimedia. I attended AdaCamp in 2012 when I was exploring ideas which I would not have managed to execute on my own. While at AdaCamp, I got to meet many wonderful people who were thinking along the same lines as I was.

Tell us about AdaCamp Bangalore. What are you most excited about? What are your hopes for the event? What new possibilities do you see in holding an AdaCamp in Bangalore?

While at AdaCamp 2012, I expressed interest in bringing AdaCamp to India. Two years later, my dream came true! I am very excited that many South Asian women will benefit from AdaCamp. I am also excited about learning new perspectives and best practices in working with women in open tech from an Indian context, a unique takeaway which only AdaCamp can offer. I hope to see new projects shaping up and women's communities getting more active in South Asia as a result of this camp.

How did you first become involved with the Ada Initiative and what is most important to you about this work?

I first got involved with the Ada Initiative when I received an invitation to participate in AdaCamp DC with a full scholarship. AdaCamp DC had many participants from Wikimedia, the organization I volunteer with. It would not have been possible to develop a lasting partnership with these people without the AdaCamp experience because of cultural communication problems involving communicating solely online.

How has your experience in medical school changed as a result of your involvement with the Ada Initiative?

AdaCamp

AdaCamp sticker

After AdaCamp, I became more sensitive about privacy and medical ethics, which are integral for any medical practitioner. I gained contacts with participants who were working in the healthcare sector elsewhere in the world and learned about their work culture. The fun thing is that the kids at the pediatrics ward loved the Ada Initiative stickers I took back home after AdaCamp. :-)

What is the best thing about AdaCamp?

Two women smiling

AdaCampers in Portland CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

The “unconference” format! I thoroughly enjoyed that I could propose any number of sessions of my choice. The knowledge that I am welcome at any of the parallel unconference sessions and that my perspectives are valued by the attendees is an incredible feeling!

We are grateful for Netha’s vision, commitment and support in bringing AdaCamp to Bangalore! Because of our strong commitment to keeping AdaCamp accessible to all, the Ada Initiative loses money with each AdaCamp that we hold – corporate sponsorships are harder to get for many small AdaCamps around the world, but more we reach the women who need it most that way. Donate now to the Ada Initiative and help us continue to grow the reach of AdaCamp!

Donate now

New stretch goal: T-shirts with "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" logo!

A black t shirt with the text "Not afraid to say the F-word: feminism adainitiative.org"

Wow!!! We had to scramble to put together a new stretch goal after our first stretch goal was met in less than 36 hours! Here's what we came up with for a $200,000 stretch goal:

T-shirts. Specifically, feminist t-shirts. Specifically, feminist t-shirts with the words "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" using the design from our new sticker on a black background, in a wide range of straight and fitted sizes to fit a variety of body types.

If we reach our $200,000 stretch goal by Wednesday midnight Pacific time, we will offer these t-shirts as thank-you gifts for donations on our web site later this year in time for December gift-giving. We're not sure what level of donation the t-shirt will be a reward for yet (grumble grumble complicated IRS donation rules) but we do know we will offer them retroactively to people who donated $1024 or more in 2014. If that excites you, donate now (and get matching F-word stickers to tide you over):

Donate now

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Happy AdaCampers!
CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Raising $200,000 will let us scale up our programs to meet the existing demand for them. All three AdaCamps this year sold out weeks early, we're booked with Ally Skills Workshops through to January, and we expect our first standalone Impostor Syndrome Training classes to sell out too!

We're already operating at maximum capacity, so to run enough AdaCamps and training classes for everyone who wants them, we'll need to hire and train more staff. Raising $200,000 will let the Ada Initiative expand to meet the demand for our programs – and give us the time to design and make the very best feminist propaganda possible (like this t-shirt).

Smiling woman

Amelia Greenhall, designer and feminist activist

We will work with the designer of this logo, Amelia Greenhall, to tweak the final design a bit, so the final shirts may not look exactly like this. In particular, we are (perhaps over-optimistically) trying to figure out how to make a shirt that works for breastfeeding, and we generally avoid putting design elements across the breasts. As usual, we will follow the guidelines for feminist t-shirts as laid out on the Geek Feminism wiki and publicized by Alex "Skud" Bayley – highly recommended reading if your organization or conference makes t-shirts! But it will be a black t-shirt with these words and design elements, and we can't wait to try one on!

Help the Ada Initiative expand – and maybe your wardrobe as well! Donate now:

Donate now

Sticker reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD: FEMINISM adainitiative.org" on a colorful laptop skin

Help scale up the Ada Initiative's work & 48 hours left to get your feminist sticker pack!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Our yearly fundraiser is ALMOST OVER! With 2 days to go, you've raised over $165,000 to support women in open tech/culture! But that also means you have less than 48 hours to get your feminist sticker pack, including our brand-new "Not afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM" sticker.

Join over 900 people who donated to the Ada Initiative in the last month and get your feminist stickers before it's too late (or help spread the word if you've already donated):

Black and white sticker with text reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD adainitiative.org"

Donate now

The Ada Initiative needs your help to scale up our work across the board in 2015. All three 2014 AdaCamps sold out weeks early, we have Ally Skills Workshops booked through to January 2015, and we will open registration for our first standalone Impostor Syndrome training in just a few weeks! The Ada Initiative needs to grow to serve the demand for our work, and this fundraiser is how we're going to do it!

With just $100,000 raised in 2014, we helped thousands of people in dozens of communities: libraries, skeptics, science fiction and fantasy, open source software, Wikipedia, open street mapping, and much more. And if we hit our next stretch goal of $175,000, we will train 15 Ally Skills Workshop teachers at WisCon 39, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention, where people from at least 5 different open tech/culture communities converge!

Donate now

Thank you to the over 900 people who donated to and spread the word about the Ada Initiative over the last month. The donors who gave us permission to publicly list their names are:

@bohyunkim
@cynpy
@cynpy
@elplatt
@gedankenstuecke
@gergdotca
@ianweller
@kjrtech
@tedder42
@thebackpack08
@tikkachurin
@urcadox
@vibragiel
@wdonohue
@wickman
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Aaron Levin / Weird Canada
Aaron M
Aaron Miller
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam Lee
Adrienne Roehrich
Alan McConchie
Alejandro Cabrera
AlephCloud Systems
Aliandria
Alice Boxhall
Alicia Gibb
Alina Banerjee
Alison Hitchens
Allison Granted
Allyson J. Bennett
Amandine
Amy F. Bocko
Amy Kautzman
Anaerobeth
Anders Pearson
André Arko
Andre M. Bach
Andrea Horbinski
Andrea Snyder
Andreas Dilger
Andrew Berger
Andrew Garrett
Andrew Sutherland
Andromeda Yelton
Andy Adams-Moran
Andy Shuping
Anil Madhavapeddy
Anjanette Young
Ankita
Annalee Flower Horne
Anne Jefferson
Annmargar
Anonymous
Anthony Karosas
Antonio D'souza
arduinogirl
Ari
Aria Stewart
Ariaflame
Art Gillespie
Ayla Stein
B. Albritton
Barnaby Walters
Beau Gunderson
Ben Blum
Ben Chapman
Ben Finney
Ben Hughes
Benjamin B
Benjamin Treynor Sloss
Bernard Yu
Bess Sadler
Beth Warner
Bethany Lister
Bill Dueber
Bill Landis
BKM
Bo Brinkman
Bobbi Fox
Brenda Moon
Brendan Long
Brent Yorgey
BrerScientist
Britta Gustafson
Bruce Cran
Bruce Cran
Bruce Lechat
Bruce Washburn
Bryan Horstmann-Allen
Camille Baldock
Candy Schwartz
Caridad!
Carl
Carlo Angiuli
Carol Willing
Casey G.
Catalin D Voinescu
Catherine Cronin
Cathy Aster
Cecily Walker
Chad Nelson
Charles Hawkins
Charles Hooper
Charles Miller
Chelsea D
Cheng H. Lee
Choo Khor
Chris Adams
Chris Bourg
Chris Ford
Chris Heisel
Chris Martens
Chris Mulligan
Chris Petrilli
Chris Strauber
Christina McClendon
Christine Spang
Chung-chieh Shan
Cidney Hamilton
Cindy Alvarez
cjs
clementd
Colin Barrett
Colin Gourlay
Colin Whittaker
Collective Idea
Colleen
Colleen Penrowley
Coral Sheldon-Hess
Corey "cmr" Richardson
Courtney C. Mumma, Artefactual Systems, Inc.
CV Harquail, FeministsAtWork.com
Dale Askey
Damien Sullivan
Dan
Dan Cohen
Dan Hicks
Dan Karran
Dan Licata
Dan Peebles
Dan Scott
Dan V
Dana Hunter
Dana McFarland
Daniel Bergey
Daniel Miller
Daniel Patterson
Daniel Ross
Daniel Watkins
Darwin Harmless
Dave Forgac
Dave McAllister
davglass
David & Katie Reid
David Adamec
David Comay
David D
David Glick
David Smith
David Van Horn
Deb Budding
Declan Fleming
Derek Merleaux
Derek Willis
Desert Librarian
Dethe Elza
dev
Devin Crain
Diana V
Diane Pittman
Diane Shaw
DigitalOcean
Donald King
Dorothea Salo
Dorothea Salo
Doug Philips
Dr Michael J Maresca
Dylan Thurston
Ed Summers
Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia
Edward Kmett
Edwina Mead
Eevee
Elaine Tindill_Rohr
Elisabeth A. Lloyd
Elizabeth McCarty
Elizabeth Skene
Ellen Spertus
Else
Emily Finke
Eni Mustafaraj
Eric Grosse
Eric Harney
Eric Jay Daza
Eric Nakagawa
Eric Phetteplace
Eric Rasmussen
Eric Sandeen
Eric Sipple
Erin M. Evans
Erin White
Esmé Cowles
estherbester
Evan Silberman
Fabio Natali
fanf42
Felicity Kusinitz
Filip Salomonsson
Florent Becker
Frances Hocutt
Francis Kayiwa
Fredrik Larsson
Gail Swanson
Galen Charlton
Garrett D'Amore
Garrett Rooney
gayatri
Geoff Arnold
Gillian
Gina White
Glenn Willen
Gonéri Le Bouder
Grace Dunbar
Greg Farnum
Greg Petchkovsky
Greg Smith
Gregg Cooke
Gregory Marton
Gretchen Gueguen
Gretchen S.
Gunnlaugur Þór Briem
HappyNat – Free Thought Blogs
Harry Percival
Harry Ray
Heather & Joe Ryan
Heinrich Kruger
Helen Halbert
Holly M
Honza Král
Hoop Somuah
igorw
In support of badgersdaughter
Ina Roy-Faderman, M.D.
Ines Sombra
Irene Burgess
Iris Vander Pluym
Isaac
J. Ian Johnson
Jack Moffitt
Jackie Dooley
Jackie Kazil
Jaclyn Bedoya
Jacob Berg
Jake Holland
jambina
James Gary
James Turnbull
james_
Jamie Hannaford
janet carleton
Janet D. Stemwedel
Janie Hermann
Jannis
Jason Casden
Jason Denen
Jason Griffey
Jason Yip
jefrir
jen smith
Jen Weintraub
Jen Young
Jen-Mei Wu
Jenn Riley
Jennifer Hickey
Jennifer Hoffman (@astroprofhoff)
Jennifer Vinopal
Jenny G
Jenny Martin
Jeremy P
Jerome Saint-Clair
Jessi
Jesús A. Rodríguez
Jez Humble
Jill Emery
Jim DelRosso
JK Scheinberg
Jodi Berkowitz
Joe Germuska
Joe Kiniry
Johanna Carll
John Barbuto
John Garvin
John Keyes
John Mark Ockerbloom
John P. Murphy
John Radke
John Stemwedel
Jon Evans
Jon Gorman
Jon Kiparsky
Jon Sterling
Jonas Westerlund
Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan Rochkind
Jordi Bunster
Josef Bacik
Joseph Reagle
Josh Marinacci
Josh Matthews
Josh Witten
Joshua Caldwell
Joshua Dunfield
Joshua Zucker
Julia Elman
Julie C. Swierczek
Julie Kane
Julie Pagano
Julio O.
Justin Bailey
Justin Holguin
Justine Lam
k7
Karen and Dean Henry
Karen James
Kate Clancy
Kate Losse
Kate Tsoukalas
Kathleen Danielson
Kathleen Quinton
Kathryn Killebrew
Kathy Lussier
Katie Bechtold
kcunning
Kees Cook
Kelly Hills & Nicholas Evans
Kelly Shaw
Ken Keiter
Kent and Victoria Brewster
Keri Cascio
Kevin Grinberg
Kevin Lyda
Kevin Reiss
Kevin Scaldeferri
Kevin Stranack
Kim Rottman
Kit La Touche
Konstantin Ryabitsev
Kristy
Krzysztof Sakrejda
Kshitij Sobti
L Dalton
Larissa Shapiro
Lars Hupel
Lee Yan Quan
Leslie Birch @Zengirl2
Levent Erkok
LewisX
Lillie Chilen
Lim Bun Chun
Lin Clark
Lincoln Loop
Lindsey Austinson
Linnea and Jake
Lisa Snider
Livia Labate
lnxchk
Logan Narcomey
Lucas Bradstreet
Lukas Blakk
Lyle Troxell
Lyn Turbak
Lynn Root
M Wallace
Magni
Maik Hoepfel
Malcolm Rowe
Manuel Chakravarty
Marc Epard
Margaret Heller
Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Marius Gedminas
Mark Beatty
Mark Does Stuff
MarkOnTheBluffs
martha
Martijn
Martin Robinson
Mary Test Thanks
Matt
Matt (2)
Matt Collins
Matt Critchlow
Matt Shipman
Matthew Ramir
Matthias Urlichs
Maura Smale
Maureen Brian
Maureen Carruthers
Max Bittker
Max Martin
maximum entropy
May Yan
Meg Ecclestone
Merlijn van Deen
Merlin Havlik
Merrilee Proffitt
Michael Creel
Michael Greenberg
Michael JasonSmith
Michael Perry
Michael R. Crusoe
Micheal Beatty
Michele & Joel Zinn
Michi Trota
Mika Kaplan, PE
Mike and Yu
Mike Giarlo
Mike Shema
Mike Taffe
Miriam Krause
Molly Clare Wilson
Monica Vaughan
Moses Milazzo
Mx A. Matienzo
Nadia Dixson
Naomi Novik
Natalie Freed
Nate Daiger
NateHevens
Neel Krishnaswami
Netanel Ganin
Nick Barkas
Nick Coghlan
Nick Johnson
Nicola Gaston
Niels de Vos
nigelb
Noah Kantrowitz
Noah Silas
NoisyAstronomer
Nolan Brubaker
Ostrijj
Otterfaseowl
Pamela Auble
Pascale Hammond Lane
Pat Campbell
Pat Hickey
Patricia Hswe
Patrick Lam
Patrick Thomson
Paul Albee
Paul Bracke
Paul Lord
Paul McLanahan
Paula, Mother of Ada
PaulAtNorthGare
Peggy Hamilton
Pensnest
Peter Fishman
Peter Fogg
Peter Inglesby
Peter Kropf
Peter Murray
Peter Tribble
Peter van Hardenberg
Philip Wadler
Pieter Droogendijk
PJ Souders
PLG- Toronto Area Chapter
Polly-Alida Farrington
Prabhakar Ragde
Priscilla Oppenheimer
ptone
Rachel Cohon
Rachel Frick
Raf
Ralph Giles
Ralph LeVan
Ranginui
ranti
Richard Destry Fronck
Rob Funk
Robert Parker
Robert Read
Robin Champieux
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
Ross Singer
rosser
Roy Tennant
Ruben Orduz
rudeamy
Ruth
Ruthy
Ryan Foushee
Ryan Tyler
Ryan Wright
S + C Wanek
S*Marts Consulting, LLC
Sally Stemwedel
Salvatore Orlando
Sam
Sam Kuehn
Sam Pullara
Samantha Hines
Sara Smollett
Sarah Melton
Sarah Sharp
Sarah Shreeves
Sarah Simpkin
Sarah Thrasher
Scott Hanrath
Scott Moynes
Scott Prager
Scott Ricketts
Sean Gillies
Sean Jensen-Grey
Sean McAfee
Sean McGinnis
Selena Deckelmann
Seth Reeder
Shana L. McDanold
Shannon Prickett, Patron of the Arts
Sharon
Sharon E. Farb
Shawn Cook
Sibyl Schaefer
Simon Anderson (@DreamHostSimon)
Simon Wistow
Sparky
Stacey Cooney
steev'n villereal
Stef Maruch
Stefanie Lueck
Steph, Brian, and Luka Burg
Stephen Crim, Imaginary Bridges
Steve Caldwell
Steve Van Tuyl
stevelle
Steven McDougall
Suda Miller
Susan Tan
Sylvar
Sylvia Sotomayor
Talk Science to Me Communications Inc.
Tara
Tara C Smith
Tara Robertson
The Benjamin Frankenstein Electric Kitten Experience
The Sacketts
theepdinker
Thomas M. Smith
Thomas Wouters
Tim (Tojo) Johnson
Tim Chevalier
Tina Coles
Tina Lee
Tina Wuest
Tish Hayes
Toby Greenwalt
Tom Burns
Tom Lyon
Tom Shilson
Tomas Apodaca
Trammell Hudson
Travis Rhoden
Trevor Munoz
Trey Hunner
unpythonic.net
val
Valerie Fenwick
Valorie Zimmerman
victoria zenoff
Vincenzo Averello
Walt Jones
wilkie
Will Kearney
Will Salz
Will Thompson
Willow Dower
Wouter Swierstra
Xelnor
Yvan Boily
zab
Zach Coble
Zaida Purizaga
Zulah and Carlos
Zuska

Welcome AdaCamp Gold Sponsor Web We Want

Web We WantThe Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome Web We Want as a Gold sponsor of AdaCamp, our conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.

The Web We Want initiative uses innovative approaches to build support for national and regional campaigns to create an internet that is socially just and observes human rights. The projects key principles are freedom of expression on and offline; affordable access to a universally available communications platform; protection of personal user information and the right to communicate in private: diverse, de-centralized and open infrastructure; and neutral networks that don’t discriminate against content or users.

About AdaCamp

Audience of women with multicolored hair and clothes

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative is holding three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs; gold sponsors Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

You did it! New stretch goal: $175,000 to train Ally Skills Workshop teachers at WisCon!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin PhotoWe're amazed – your incredible generosity means we reached our $150,000 fundraising goal 3 days early! So we've create an exciting new stretch goal:

If we raise $175,000 by Wednesday night, we will train up to 15 new Ally Skills Workshop leaders at WisCon 39, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention!

Here's why this goal is so exciting: At WisCon, we can reach hundreds of people in 5 different open technology and culture communities with one 6 hour workshop! If you are excited too, please donate now or help us spread the word!

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple everyday ways to support women in their communities. In three hours, one person can create 30 new advocates for women in their community or workplace. One client said, "We've run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many 'a-ha' moments." All the materials needed to teach the Ally Skills Workshop are available free online under the CC BY-SA license, but most people need to attend a train-the-trainers session before they feel confident teaching the Ally Skills Workshop themselves.

WisCon is the ideal place to teach a train-the-trainers session. WisCon is a crossroads for feminist activists in all areas of open technology and culture: open source software, libraries, Wikipedia, open data, and of course, fandom. If the Ada Initiative teaches 15 people at WisCon to lead the Ally Skills Workshop, we can spread these skills to five communities rather than just one, as would be the case at most other conferences.

OfNobleFamily-400-220x328We have another exciting announcement to make! We've donated one of Mary Robinette Kowal's gifts to Con or Bust: a signed manuscript of the fifth novel in her "Glamourist Histories" series, "Of Noble Family," more than 6 months before it will be released in stores! They're auctioning it off right now.

If you're not already familiar with Con or Bust, it's an organization that raises money to send people of color to science fiction conventions who could not otherwise afford to attend (including WisCon). They do crucial and important work, and Con or Bust's work means even more people will have a chance to attend the Ally Skills Workshop train-the-trainers at WisCon. Con or Bust is auctioning off the manuscript right now, so go bid on it! (We found that even though lots of people donated enough to get the manuscript, they seemed to feel bad about taking "the last one" – the ten copies of MRK's fourth novel in the series were snapped up, though!)

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We're this excited about WisCon! CC BY-SA Adam Novak

The Ally Skills Workshop train-the-trainers program took several weeks to develop and each new session requires about a staff-week of time to prepare and teach, which is time we're not spending organizing AdaCamp or teaching paying workshops. With a staff of 3 people, we can't afford to teach the train-the-trainers for free more than once or twice a year without breaking our budget. But if we can reach our stretch goal of $175,000, we can't think of a more effective and higher-leverage way to spend a week! (Also, WisCon is just plain fun, and we want an excuse to go back.)

We'll leave you with some quotes from Ally Skills Workshop attendees:

"We've run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many "a-ha" moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily." – Anonymous train-the-trainers client

"Change is uncomfortable. This workshop helped me be comfortable about being uncomfortable. Once that is addressed it opens a path for improvement, personally and for our industry." – Kris Amundson

"It gave me some starts towards being comfortable acting in situations of casual sexism—and that would extend to other -isms. I'd like to do it again at some point, to gain even more confidence. I also loved the very explicit focus on consent, the fact that people's dietary preferences were respected, and generally the nice-ness of the whole workshop!" – Kamal Marhubi

Donate now, and help us spread the Ally Skills Workshop to open tech/culture communities around the world!

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