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.
Mary has added a number of new pages to the Geek Feminism wiki in response to requests and suggestions, including:
- Founding a women geeks group
- Free sexism consulting
- List of awards for women in the tech industry
- Some information on events and organizations for girls and young women
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.
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.
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
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