Ada Initiative news, November 2011


The Ada Initiative has launched a new round of fundraising to support our work in 2012. Following the success of our high value Seed 100 campaign in mid-2011 we’re now offering all supporters of women in open technology and culture the opportunity to contribute to our work, whether you can donate $1 or $1024.

We have some beautiful thank you gifts for supporters, from stickers to an Ada Lovelace pendant to tickets to a supporter thank you dinner.

Donate now!

AdaCamp Melbourne

Planning for our first AdaCamp, a summit on women in open technology and culture, is well advanced. AdaCamp will be held on Saturday January 14 in Melbourne Australia. AdaCamp will have an exciting, inspiring mix of people from various parts of the open technology and culture” world, each of whom brings something special to the event. AdaCamp attendance will be by invitation: if you would like us to consider you, please apply. Applications are now open: apply to attend AdaCamp. Applications will close Wednesday December 14 2011.

Grace Hopper Celebration

In mid-November, Valerie attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Ada Initiative ran a survey of attendees at Grace Hopper, finding out about young women’s impressions of open technology careers. We’re looking forward to sharing the results of this survey with you early in 2012.

Anti-harassment policy turns one

November 29 was the one year anniversary of the publication of the example conference anti-harassment policy! One year later, over 30 conferences have adopted an anti-harassment policy of one kind or another. See Valerie’s roundup post for more information on why to adopt an anti-harassment policy and on conferences that are already using it.

Find out more about the Ada Initiative’s activities this year!

In late November Valerie wrote a wrap-up of our 2011 activities, so that our supporters understand better who we are, what we’ve been up to, and what we plan to do in the future.

Geek Feminism wiki

Our board member Denise Paolucci is now the feature article on the Geek Feminism wiki! Head on over and learn about Denise’s work as co-founder of Dreamwidth.

Upcoming appearances

Valerie and Mary are both attending the Ada Initiative’s own AdaCamp Melbourne on January 14. We’re looking forward to working with the Australian community on women’s open technology and culture participation.

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“. They’re also looking forward to giving an Ada Initiative update at the Haecksen miniconference.

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.