The Ada Initiative supports women in open technology and culture through activities such as producing codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies, advocating for gender diversity, teaching ally skills, and hosting conferences for women in open tech/culture. Most of what we create is freely available, reusable, and modifiable under Creative Commons licenses.
The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization currently employing three staff and half a dozen contractors. Our ground-breaking work is only possible with the generous support of people like you.
What we've accomplished
Since our founding in early 2011, we've worked with the community on practical, high-impact programs that directly recruit and retain women in open tech/culture. Here's what we've accomplished so far:
- Created AdaCamp conference: AdaCamp is an unconference for women in open tech/culture that measurably increases women's commitment to open tech/culture. in 2014, we've held AdaCamps in Portland, Oregon and Berlin, Germany, with Bangalore, India soon to come!
- Made conferences safer for everyone: Produced and encouraged adoption of policies to prevent harassment of women and people of all genders, now used by hundreds of conferences and organizations.
- Created the Ally Skills Workshop training program: Developed and taught the popular Ally Skills Workshop, which teaches men practical skills for supporting women in open tech/culture.
- Designed Impostor Syndrome training: Created videos and online exercises to fight Impostor Syndrome, a significant factor holding back women in open tech/culture.
Advocated for increasing diversity and welcoming women: Published editorials read by more than 100,000 people, served as sources for media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Verge, and Marie Claire, and gave keynote speeches at conferences such as Wikimania, PyCon AU, and the world's first Ada Lovelace conference.
- Advised organizations on supporting women: Helped dozens of organizations to improve recruitment and retention of women, create a friendlier environment for women, and respond to high-profile incidents of sexism.
With your support, we can expand our programs!
- Resources for event organizers: Help organizers reach out to female speakers, attract more women to your event, and broaden your audience in general.
- Support community codes of conduct: Advise and assist open tech/culture community leaders on creating and adopting codes of conduct for their communities.
- Gender diversity program design: Share best practices and avoid common pitfalls for gender diversity programs and initiatives.
If your organization is particularly interested in one of these programs and would like to discuss sponsoring or partnering with the Ada Initiative to work on it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.