Ada Initiative news, February 2012

Thank-you gifts all shipped

Ada Initiative scarf in actionThe last of our thank-you gifts for the last donation drive have shipped, including the “Ada’s Ally” scarves. If you haven’t received your gift (taking into account international shipping time if applicable), email us at Thank you for your donations!

AdaCamp DC planning

Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. by Bernt Rostad, CC-Attribution

(c) Bernt Rostad, CC-Attribution

We have started planning for AdaCamp DC, co-located with Wikimania 2012 in Washington, D.C., on July 10 – 11, 2012. We’re planning for 150 – 200 attendees and hoping many people will attend both AdaCamp and Wikimania. We will post more information and start lining up sponsors during March. Well-known advocates for women in Wikipedia Sue Gardner, Joseph Reagle, and Sarah Stierch plan to attend, as will both Mary and Valerie.

We are looking into arranging free childcare for a limited number of children for this event. Please email us at if this will make a difference in your ability to attend. We are also working to make the conference easy to attend for people with disabilities and food restrictions.

We will announce when applications open, but start thinking of people to recommend and session ideas now!

Allies workshop

We taught an allies workshop at Linaro Connect and updated the (CC-licensed, online) curriculum for it. We are interested in teaching other people how to give the workshop and are happy to share our latest slides. Let us know if you are interested!

We are happy to teach the (free) allies workshop in the San Francisco Bay area. Contact us at to arrange a workshop.

Job tweets

We inaugurated a new program for retweeting job openings of interest to people in open technology and culture, with an emphasis on women-friendly environments. See our announcement blog post for details on who is qualified and how to send them in.

Ada Initiative advisors in the news

Sarah Stierch

Sarah Stierch

Leigh Honeywell

Leigh Honeywell

Sarah Stierch and Leigh Honeywell were part of a popular panel, “Some of all Human Knowledge: Gender and Participation in Peer Production” at the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Donna Benjamin

Donna Benjamin

Donna Benjamin was elected to the board of directors of the Drupal Association. Congratulations, Donna!

Administrative assistant and event organizer

We’re excited (for real, not just press-release speak) to announce that the Ada Initiative has hired an administrative assistant to help us with the copious amount of paperwork involved in running a non-profit. We also hired an event organizer to handle logistics for the next AdaCamp. This will allow Mary and Valerie to spend more time on program work. Thanks for your help filling these positions!

Board meeting

Our board of directors, which is presently meeting about every second month, held a meeting in mid-February. Our major items of discussion were: reviewing the success of AdaCamp Melbourne; early planning for an AdaCamp in 2012, discussing Mary Gardiner’s leave of absence; discussing our fundraising outcomes and future direction; and reviewing our financial situation and budgeting for upcoming months.

Thank you as always to Denise, Matt, Rachel and Sue for their help running the Ada Initiative.

Mary on leave

Mary GardinerMary Gardiner is taking two months of study leave from the Ada Initiative, excepting a few hours per week for administrative tasks, and will return in May.

Upcoming appearances

In addition to AdaCamp DC, Mary and Valerie will be attending Wikimania 2012 in July.

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.