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, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. 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. The Ada Initiative has held three AdaCamps to date, two in 2012 and one in 2013.

Seven women with arms on each others' shoulders

CC-BY-SA Adam Novak

After our most recent AdaCamp in San Francisco, our post-event survey indicated that a large majority (92%) of respondents felt that AdaCamp had improved their professional networks and nearly as many (82%) felt more part of a community of women in open technology and culture.

AdaCamp’s two-day main track is primarily structured as an unconference, with attendee-organised and facilitated sessions around issues facing women in open technology and culture. In San Francisco, we also held a one-day parallel allies track for people of any gender. Ada Camp San Francisco had approximately 200 attendees.

Two people in discussion

(c) Mairin Duffy 2012. Licensed CC-BY-SA

If you are interested in attending AdaCamp, please join our announcement mailing list for information about future events.

For corporate supporters of our mission, sponsoring Ada Initiative events is the most direct way to get your company’s name and job openings in front of hundreds of qualified women in open source software, open data, open geo, and other open tech/culture fields. More information is available on the corporate sponsorship page.

Past AdaCamps

Find out more about AdaCamp in the post-event reports for each event:


We see a demand for a larger conference focused on women in open technology and culture, and one with an open audience of women and their allies. We envisage a future AdaCon, a larger event with multiple formal tracks.

Upcoming appearances

If you are interested in Ada Initiative staff appearing or speaking at your event, contact See our presentations page for our history as speakers and presenters.

Other events

For other events of interest to women in open technology and culture, please see our event calendar.

Anti-harassment policy

All Ada Initiative events are subject to the Ada Initiative event anti-harassment policy.