Ada Initiative news, August 2011

The Ada Initiative events calendar

Technology journalist Bruce Byfield, our new advisory board member, has volunteered to share announcements from, and maintain a calendar for, events for women in open technology and culture. If you have news and events to share, please send details to

Seed 100 rewards shipped!

2D Goggles prints signed by Sydney Padua

Close to two months after the end of the Seed 100 campaign, it’s all over! The Sydney Padua and Colin Adams prints, together with stickers and lanyards, are distributed far and wide. At this point we believe nearly all reward packages have been delivered, please contact us if you donated to Seed 100 and have not received your reward mailing. We’d also love to see what has happened to the rewards: send us a photo of where your poster hangs, your laptop sticker, or your lanyard in use.

Thank you one final time to our Seed 100 donors! Thank you also to people who assisted with the campaign, especially Sydney Padua and Colin Adams for poster artwork, Skud for publicity, Donna Benjamin for sticker artwork, Sulamita Garcia for European shipping and our board and advisors for their input into the campaign.

Project planning

Project planning and budgeting is underway for several projects. We’d like to share a few ideas with you and see what you think (send feedback to

Training for women in open tech/culture

Women in open tech/culture start out at a disadvantage relative to men due to a lack of opportunity to learn about submitting patches, interacting online, writing resumes, meeting people at conferences, and similar job and community interaction related abilities. We will provide training for women in specific skills like resume writing, submitting a patch, editing Wikipedia, or similar.

Documentation of best practices

Over the years, online activists have learned what does and does not work. Wed like to document this knowledge and save new women in open tech/culture groups from making the same mistakes over and over again. In general, we will take freely available material scattered over a wide range of sources and turn it into organized, concise instructions, available under Creative Commons licenses.

Diversity consulting

The Ada Initiative advises organizations on how to attract and retain women in their communities. We help organizations with outreach, communication, program implementation, and more. For example, we provide immediate consulting after high-profile incidents at conferences in order to minimize the damage they do to the conference organizers. We also help organizations implement diversity scholarships and tailor recruiting strategies.

Geek Feminism

Some of Mary Gardiner’s time in particular continues to be spent on the Geek Feminism blog. This month, in the leadup to Ada Lovelace Day on the 7th October, Mary has re-launched the Wednesday Geek Woman profiles. If you’d like to highlight a geek woman’s life and work for their readers, contributions are open.

Mary also created the Women in FLOSS bibliography page on the Geek Feminism wiki. If you know of a relevant publication, please add it. An obvious direction for expansion of this bibliography is add references to information about women in Wikipedia and other open data and open culture communities, a hot topic in research right now.

The Geek Feminism wiki in general has been a major resource for the Ada Initiative and advocates for women in open tech/culture of all sorts. Your contributions and additions, no matter how small, are welcome, including adding indexing or categorizing to make information easier to find. Some of Geek Feminism wiki’s most frequently referred to pages include:

Edit the wiki today!

Mary’s PyCon AU keynote

Mary Gardiner delivered an afternoon keynote at PyCon AU on August 20, describing Python projects that are changing the world and inviting people to contribute. Find out more about Mary’s talk on our blog.

Upcoming appearances

Valerie Aurora will be attending the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Portland, Oregon on November 9 – 12. Grace Hopper offers free childcare to attendees who register before October 10th!

Sponsorship opportunities

The Ada Initiative’s Venture Philanthropist sponsorship program allows organisations to sponsor the Ada Initiative for sponsorship amounts between $2000 and $9999 (USD) with a minimum of hassle. Contact for larger sponsorship packages.