The Ada Initiative launches Seed 100 fundraising campaign

The Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women in open technology and culture, has launched its first major fundraising campaign. Funds raised will be used for program development and project planning.

The Ada Initiative Seed 100 campaign invites donations of $512 or more, and is limited to a maximum of 100 donors, all of whom will be credited as seed donors.

The Seed 100 campaign is funding our necessary start-up costs, like planning and budgeting our projects,” said Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner. It will allow us to develop plans for projects like First Patch Week, and continued work on conference policy development, so that we can take them to future partners and larger donors.”

Seed 100 donors will be given limited edition rewards to thank them for their donation. Web comic artist Sydney Padua has donated 25 signed prints based on her web comic The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” as rewards for the first 25 donations over $1024. Later donations over $1024 will receive a print of a portrait of Ada Lovelace by illustrator Colin Adam. All donors to the drive will receive limited edition Ada Initiative laptop stickers and conference lanyards.

Donations to the Ada Initiative Seed 100 campaign are being accepted at

The 2D Goggles signed print:

The portrait of Ada Lovelace:

About the Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture, founded by long-time women in open technology activists and programmers Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely recognized as the worlds
first computer programmer. The Ada Initiative partners with organizations and communities to increase the participation of women in ways that shape the technology, such as software design and development, writing for Wikipedia, and community leadership.

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About Sydney Padua

Sydney Padua is an animator and cartoonist based in London. Her web comic 2D Goggles: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” began in 2009 and centres on the adventures of fictionalised computing pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage as they fight crime. 2D Goggles began as a one-off comic written for Ada Lovelace Day, founded by one of Sydneys friends, Suw Charman, and grew from there. The 2D Goggles web site also features many blog posts about the process of creating the comic, including links to primary sources and analysis of comic design.

Sydneys home page
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

About Colin Adams

Colin Adams is a freelance illustrator working out of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Colin has a passion for geek and computer culture, working on everything from steampunk accessories to video game character design to magazine illustrations. Colin conceived and drew the current LinuxChix logo, a woman driving a robotic penguin nicknamed Robotux” (later remixed as the Unicorn/Robotux logo for Haecksen).

Colins work can be seen at:

Robotux logo
Unicorn/Robotux logo