Ada Initiative news, January 2012


Thank you to everyone who donated to our fund-raising drive ending January 31, 2012. Over December and January, we raised $30,463 in individual donations from over 250 donors, and about $15,000 in corporate donations, for a total of 4-5 months of operating expenses. Your donations make projects like AdaCamp, allies workshops, and Adas Advice possible – in fact, we continued work on all three of these projects while we were fundraising.

If you want to donate and missed the deadline, dont worry – you can still donate at our year-round donation page. We are also seeking corporate donations.We especially thank our corporate sponsors who donated and/or provided matching funds:

  • Ceph: Open source distributed file system
  • Dreamwidth: Full-featured blog hosting on open source platform
  • Puppet Labs: Open source systems management software
  • Singly: Open source platform for accessing social network data
  • Creative Contingencies: Open source solutions and event organization

Thank you to everyone who donated, spread the word, or helped! We appreciate it!

AdaCamp Melbourne

We were thrilled with the success of our first AdaCamp in Melbourne on January 14.

AdaCamp stood out for me from other conferences because everyone participated and seemed to really want to go beyond the conference and drive things out in the real world. (Cobi Smith.)

Several sessions produced new or improved documentation, often hosted on the Geek Feminism wiki: fighting Impostor Syndrome, valuing diverse skills and women-oriented hiring, and preventing volunteer burnout. We also learned more about each others communities, including success stories like the majority female development community behind open source software project Dreamwidth and challenges facing librarians fighting for open access to knowledge.

For a full report on AdaCamp Melbourne please see AdaCamp Melbourne 2012 full report.

Based on the success of AdaCamp Melbourne other AdaCamps are in planning. Please follow our blog or join our announcement list for information on future AdaCamps. and Haecksen miniconf

Valerie and Mary spent a week in January in Ballarat, Australia for At they delivered three sessions:

She’s Geeky

Valerie Aurora attended She’s Geeky Bay Area in late January.


At, Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner was awarded the Rusty Wrench award for services to the Australian Free Software community.


In July, Tim O’Reilly pledged to adopt a code of conduct for O’Reilly events. O’Reilly has now released their code of conduct, joining other adopters of similar policies. Thank you O’Reilly!

Other organisations wishing to consider a anti-harassment policy can find policy resources on the Geek Feminism wiki.

Upcoming events for women in open technology and culture

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

New sponsors


This month Ceph joined us as our first major Ada Initiative sponsor. Ceph is a distributed open source file system whose development was primarily funded by DreamHost, the successful Los Angeles based web-hosting company. The Ceph project is becoming part of a newly created and growing soon to be named” business entity that will provide ongoing resources and support services to those adopting Ceph.

Learn more about Ceph in Valerie Aurora’s interview with Sage Weil and Bryan Bogensberger.

Thank you again to Ceph for their support of the Ada Initiative.

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.