Ada Initiative news, October 2011

AdaCamp launch

We announced the first of a series of events bringing together women in open tech/culture: AdaCamp Australia (fill out the call for expressions of interest on that page if you are interested in attending). If you want to participate but can’t travel to Melbourne in January, we are tentatively planning to hold similar events in other locations during the next year, most likely the West and East coasts of the U.S. and Europe.

Geek Feminism

Mary has added a number of new pages to the Geek Feminism wiki in response to requests and suggestions, including:

As always, we invite you to expand and improve on the Geek Feminism wiki! See the Geek Feminism blog post for some suggested improvements.

Ada portrait watch

Wikipedia’s WikiProject Women’s History are now using Colin Adams’s new Ada Lovelace portrait in their Ada Lovelace Award for editors who have made significant contributions to Wikipedia about women and technology.

Ada Lovelace Day

Congratulations to Suw Charman-Anderson and her team on another successful Ada Lovelace Day on the 7th October. Also congratulations to Sydney Padua, whose iPad app for 2D Goggles: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage launched that day. 2D Goggles was originally developed in support of Ada Lovelace Day, and later of course Sydney donated signed prints to our Seed 100 funding drive. Our advisor Bruce Byfield covered Sydney’s iPad app launch for LWN.

We hope our inspiration post was useful in planning your own Ada Lovelace Day writing and we’ve loved hearing all about these and other women in open technology and culture.


This month Valerie Aurora was listed on the FemmenomicsTop 50 Women to Watch in Tech” list. Congratulations to the other members of the list!

Filed for tax-exempt status

Last month we reported that we were nearly done with our application for tax-exempt status to the U.S., this month we can report that we completed and submitted our application, less than 9 months after founding the Ada Initiative! More details here.

Upcoming appearances

Valerie will be attending the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Portland, Oregon on November 9 – 12. Come see her at the open source booth or Open Source Day and get your Ada Initiative schwag: lanyards, stickers, buttons, etc.

Valerie and Mary will both be attending LCA 2012 in Ballarat, Australia from January 16 – 20. They will be giving a joint talk on “Women in open technology and culture worldwide.”

Upcoming events for women in open technology and culture

See our calendar for a full listing, and submit any additional events to

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.