Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner to keynote Wikimania 2012 (US version)

Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner to keynote Wikimania 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner will be giving the opening keynote at Wikimania 2012, the international conference for Wikipedia-related projects. Mary Gardiner is the Director of Operations and research for the Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open source, Wikipedia and open data, and other open technology and culture projects. “Mary has been a strong advocate for open source and has worked extensively to elevate the role of women and increase their participation in open source and open culture,” says James Hare, Wikimania 2012 coordinator. “Her work fits perfectly within our vision of empowering individuals around the world through free and open access to the sum of human knowledge.”

Wikimania is the premier international conference for Wikipedia and related Wikimedia projects, bringing hundreds of people from around the world to help improve the world’s 5th largest web site. “One of the Wikimedia Foundation’s top goals is increasing the participation of women in Wikimedia projects. Mary’s selection as opening keynote for Wikimania shows that the Wikimedia community is also committed to improving women’s participation. This makes me proud to be a Wikipedian,” says Sarah Stierch, Wikimedia Community Fellow. As the keynote speaker, Ms. Gardiner will address both the Wikimedia community and Tech@State participants representing the convergence of diplomacy and development with technology.

Mary Gardiner is co-founder and Director of Operations and Research at the Ada Initiative and founder of the first and largest women in open source organization in Australia, AussieChix, now expanded into Oceania as Oceania Women of Open Technology. She served as a council member for Linux Australia, the largest non-profit funder of open source projects in Australia and as program chair for, the largest Linux conference in the southern hemisphere. Ms. Gardiner is an experienced speaker who was a keynote speaker at PyCon AU 2012, the conference for the open source Python programming language in Australia.

The Ada Initiative’s flagship conference, AdaCamp, will be co-located with Wikimania 2012 in Washington, D.C., and held July 10-11, the two days prior to Wikimania. AdaCamp is the only major conference specifically for the promotion of women in open source, Wikipedia and open data, and remix and fan culture. For more information about sponsoring or attending AdaCamp, see

The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software, Wikipedia and other open data, open social media, and similar projects. Co-founders Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora each have ten years of experience in open source software, open culture communities, and women in computing activism. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely acknowledged as the world’s first computer programmer. For more information, visit

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