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Welcome to new AdaCamp 2015 sponsors: Linux Foundation, Red Hat, Simple, and Etsy

The Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome our first Gold sponsors of AdaCamp in 2015: The Linux Foundation and Red Hat!

Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the primary non-profit supporting the Linux community, including the Linux kernel, Linux conferences, and the Linux ecosystem overall. The Linux Foundation is a long-term supporter of the Ada Initiative's work to make Linux more welcoming to women. This is the fourth year in a row that they have supported AdaCamp and we thank them for their renewed support.

Red HatRed Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to develop reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies. The company has more than 7,100regular, full-time associates and 80 offices in 38 countries. About 25% of Red Hat associates work remotely, and Red Hat has job opportunities around the globe. In addition to being a four-time AdaCamp sponsor, Red Hat is sponsoring the Impostor Syndrome training that will be offered at each AdaCamp in 2015.

The Ada Initiative also welcomes Bronze sponsors Simple and Etsy as supporters of AdaCamp in 2015:

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Simple's about making managing your personal finances effortless; it is a bank that offers all-electronic consumer banking services integrated with budgeting and savings tools. The bank, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2009 and partners with Bancorp Bank, an FDIC insured bank, to hold account funds.

Etsy

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. Discover handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies you can’t find anywhere else. Etsy is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace and is proud to be a B Corporation for their adherence to rigorous social and environmental standards. Etsy Engineering is also the authors of Code as Craft, a blog dedicated to writing about their craft and their collective experience building and running Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace.

Thank you to our four new sponsors for their support of women in open technology and culture!

About AdaCamp

Two women smiling

CC-BY-SA Adam Novak

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together over two days to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

AdaCamp is the world's only event focusing on women in open technology and culture, and is a project of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. Both are named after Countess Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. The first AdaCamp of 2015 will be held in Montreal on April 13–14, followed by events in New Zealand and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow Ada Initiative announcements to learn about AdaCamps near you!

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2015 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture in three countries. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2015 platinum sponsor Puppet Labs and gold sponsors The Linux Foundation and Red Hat.

Welcome to Puppet Labs, our first Platinum AdaCamp sponsor for 2015!

Puppet Labs logo

The Ada Initiative is thrilled to welcome our first Platinum sponsor of AdaCamp in 2015: Puppet Labs! Puppet Labs is a leader in IT automation. Their software helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them.

"Ada Initiative's mission of encouraging women to be involved with open source technology is helping to create better technology — and a better tech culture. This mission aligns with our commitment to increasing diversity and access for all, throughout the tech community. We're proud to be Platinum sponsors of the Ada Initiative's four AdaCamps this year." – Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs.

For our part, the Ada Initiative is proud to welcome Puppet Labs as a sponsor of AdaCamp for the third year running; their support of AdaCamp and of women in open technology and culture is crucial to our mission to change the culture for the better.

About AdaCamp

Two women smiling

CC-BY-SA Adam Novak

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together over two days to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

AdaCamp is the world's only event focusing on women in open technology and culture, and is a project of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. Both are named after Countess Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. The first AdaCamp of 2015 will be held in Montreal on April 13–14, followed by events in New Zealand and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow Ada Initiative announcements to learn about AdaCamps near you!

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2015 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture in three countries. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2015 platinum sponsor Puppet Labs.

Support diversity in open source by attending an Ally Skills Workshop at PyCon 2015!

Do you think diversity in open source is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of open source to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the PyCon 2015 on Sunday April 12th, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm at the PyCon 2015 venue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This workshop is provided free of charge to PyCon attendees, in conjunction with AdaCamp Montreal which is co-located with PyCon 2015.

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

Attendance at the Ally Skills Workshop is free but limited, with applications open to all registered PyCon attendees. Apply now to have the best chance to attend by filling out this Google form (or just scroll down to the form at the end of this post). We welcome participants of all genders – the best workshops have at least 20% women and genderqueer folks. You will be notified via email if we cannot fit you into the workshop. Sign up now!

Recommendations

Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

"We've run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many 'a­ha' moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily." – Anonymous participant

"I've already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued." – Anonymous participant

There's still time to join us for AdaCamp Montreal! Apply today!

AdaCamp Montreal is only six weeks away, on Monday April 13 and Tuesday April 14!

Photograph of Lachine Canal

by Emmanuel Huybrechts CC BY

We're excited to have already invited over a hundred people to Montreal, but we still have places left and we want to have as many women in open tech and culture have the chance to attend AdaCamp Montreal as possible. Therefore, we've extended our deadline for for AdaCamp Montreal and we encourage you to apply today!

If you're a woman involved in open technology and culture, apply now to attend AdaCamp Montreal.

Past attendees of AdaCamp have included fan works creators, open mapping volunteers, open source programmers, artists, tech feminists, online activists, Wikipedia editors, and more! Do you create technology or culture and share it widely for others to reuse, remix and improve? Do you identify as a woman in a way that is significant to you? Do you work for change for women in your community and want to share strategies? AdaCamp Montreal wants you to apply!

Applications will absolutely close on Sunday, March 22, 2015 — or earlier if we fill all our spaces — so get yours in ASAP!

About AdaCamp

Five pointed star with a rainbow of colors and the word "AdaCamp"

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together over two days to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

AdaCamp is the world's only event focusing on women in open technology and culture, and is a project of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. Both are named after Countess Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Attendance at AdaCamp is by invitation, with applications open to the public. Attendees will be selected based on experience in open tech/culture, experience or knowledge of feminism and advocacy, ability to collaborate with others, and any rare or notable experience or background that would add to AdaCamp.

AdaCamp Montreal will be the seventh AdaCamp, and will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 13–14, 2015, immediately following PyCon, the world's biggest Python conference. Applications to attend AdaCamp Montreal are open until March 22, unless sold out prior.

Announcing AdaCamp Montreal: apply now to join us in Montreal in April!

AdaCamp Montreal est un évènement bilingue anglais/français. Pour obtenir ces informations en français, référez-vous à la page à propos d’AdaCamp. / AdaCamp Montreal is a bilingual English/French event. For a version of this information in French, see à propos d’AdaCamp.

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together over two days to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

Photograph of Lachine Canal

Montreal, by Emmanuel Huybrechts CC BY

AdaCamp Montreal, our seventh AdaCamp, will be held in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. on April 13th–14th, 2015, just after PyCon. The event will involve an unconference held over the two days, along with evening social events. See the website for our previous AdaCamp, AdaCamp Bangalore, to get a feel for what AdaCamp Montreal will be like.

Apply to attend AdaCamp Montreal.

AdaCamp is the world's only event focusing on women in open technology and culture, and is a project of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. Both are named after Countess Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Attendance at AdaCamp is by invitation, with applications open to the public. Attendees will be selected based on experience in open tech/culture, experience or knowledge of feminism and advocacy, ability to collaborate with others, and any rare or notable experience or background that would add to AdaCamp.

Five pointed star with a rainbow of colors and the word "AdaCamp"

Travel grants for AdaCamp Montreal are available! Ask on our application form.

Application deadlines:

  • Deadline for applications requesting travel assistance: Friday February 13th, 2015
  • Final notification of acceptance for applications requesting travel assistance: Friday February 27th, 2015
  • Deadline for all other applications: Friday February 27th, 2015 or earlier depending on demand (we recommend you apply ASAP)

Sponsorships

A limited number of conference sponsorships are available. Benefits include making a public statement of your company's values, recruiting opportunities, and reserved attendance slots for qualified employees, depending on level. Contact sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information.

Interested in attending future AdaCamps?

A record four AdaCamps are planned in 2015! In addition to AdaCamp Montreal, we plan to hold an AdaCamp in Mexico City in July co-located with Wikimania, and towards the end of 2015 we plan AdaCamps in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA; and in New Zealand.

If you would like to hear about future AdaCamps and other Ada Initiative projects, please join our mailing list for announcements.




Contact

If you have any questions, please email us at adacamp@adainitiative.org.


Thank you to the Ada Initiative's donors for their crucial financial support of AdaCamp.

AdaCamp Bangalore: "Nothing could be more open and encouraging than this"

I can say this conference was the most truly touched feminist endeavor I have ever witnessed or thought of. An inspiration to last through. — Rupali Talwatkar

Group shot of AdaCamp Bangalore attendees

AdaCamp is an unconference for women in open technology and culture and the people who support them. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, discuss issues women have in common across open technology and culture fields and find ways to address them. AdaCamp is organized by the Ada Initiative, a non-profit devoted to increasing the participation and status of women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software, Wikipedia and related projects, fan culture and more.

50 people who identified as women attended AdaCamp Bangalore, held on November 22-23, 2014 at Red Hat in Bangalore.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who made AdaCamp Bangalore possible:
Google, Puppet Labs, Ada Initiative donors, Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat, Web We Want, Wikimedia Foundation, Simple, New Relic, Wikimedia Deutschland, Linux Foundation, MongoDB, NetApp, Rackspace, Spotify, Stripe, Wikimedia UK, Gitlab, OCLC, O'Reilly, Pinboard and Python.

Impact of AdaCamp Bangalore

Our post-event survey (24% response rate) indicated that 92% of respondents had improved their professional networks and feel more part of a community of women in open technology andculture. 92% also felt that they gained a better understanding of issues facing women in open technology and culture.

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75% agreed that AdaCamp increased their commitment to participating in open technology and culture in future. 67% of respondents also said that they learned new skills to participate in open technology and culture.

Motivating women who want to edit Wikipedia and helping them get rid of the same inhibitions that I had early this year when I started editing Wikipedia was a great feeling. We had two women published their first articles on Wikipedia and we were so proud. — Parul Thakur

Survey respondents mentioned some highlights of the event including the range of topics covered, the impostor syndrome workshop which opened the camp on Saturday, and the thoughtful provision of a "quiet room" for people to take some time out.

About the attendees

50 people attended AdaCamp Bangalore. A large majority of attendees came from locations across India, while we also had attendees from the United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, the United States, Canada, and Australia.

a group of AdaCamp Bangalore attendees

We worked hard to make AdaCamp Bangalore diverse in many different ways. Some statistics from our post-conference survey (24% response rate):

  • Ten different languages were listed as people's "first language", including Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Malagasy, Malathi, Sanskrit, French and English.
  • 100% of survey respondents listed their race or ethnicity as something other than white or Caucasian (compared to 6% in the AdaCamp Berlin survey, 23% in the AdaCamp Portland survey, 30% in the AdaCamp San Francisco survey and 25% in the AdaCamp DC survey)
  • 100% were born outside the United States (100% AdaCamp Berlin, 11% AdaCamp Portland, 18% AdaCamp San Francisco, 28% AdaCamp DC)
  • 33% were students, and 83% of survey respondents were not employed as programmers or IT specialists (50% AdaCamp Berlin, 42% AdaCamp Portland, 41% AdaCamp San Francisco, 49% AdaCamp DC)

a bar chart displaying the diversity statistics mentioned above

Travel scholarships

To make AdaCamp more accessible to students, non-profit employees and others living outside of Bangalore, and to increase the diversity of our attendees, we offered six travel scholarships to AdaCamp Bangalore, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and Google. Three of these went to attendees from more distant parts of India, and the others went to AdaCampers from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the US. Mozilla additionally provided travel funding to five attendees from within their community, and Wikimedia India to one from their community; all these came from within India, where long distances between cities can make travel expensive for attendees.

What we did

AdaCamp Bangalore was primarily structured as an unconference, with attendee-organized and facilitated sessions around issues facing women in open technology and culture. However, unlike most unconferences, we also provide some plenary sessions to help orient attendees, and session curation to make the two days flow more smoothly.

For most attendees, the first session of AdaCamp was an Impostor Syndrome workshop. Women's socialization is often less confident and competitive than men's, and women are therefore especially vulnerable to Impostor Syndrome — the belief that one's work is inferior and one's achievements and recognition are fraudulent — in open technology and culture endeavors where public scrutiny of their work is routine. Our Saturday morning impostor syndrome workshop was led by Ada Initiative advisor Sumana Harihareswara.

Attendees looking at a laptop

Following this, we had sessions introducing attendees to a range of different areas of open technology, culture and feminism. These allow attendees to have a better understanding of the range of open communities, before going in-depth in later sessions. At AdaCamp Bangalore, our four introductory sessions were on Wikipedia, Online Privacy and Security, Open Access to research materials, and Intersectional Feminism.

Two sessions on Saturday afternoon were the first free-form sessions: the first focusing on what problems and barriers face women in open source technology and culture; and the second discussing existing solutions in a variety of communities. On Sunday the morning sessions were also free-form, continuing the discussion of existing solutions and developing new solutions to support and increase the participation of women in open technology and culture.

On Sunday afternoon, attendee-organized sessions moved towards skill-sharing and creation, with a varity of workshops, including a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, an open hardware workshop introducing participants to Arduino and RaspberryPi, an in-depth security workshop and a hands-on introduction to Mozilla Webmaker.

AdaCamp Bangalore schedule, made of coloured paper stuck to the wall

It was hard to believe that a completely unscheduled conference had such an awesome program made by the attendees in just 30 minutes. Nothing could be more open and encouraging than this. — Rupali Talwatkar

AdaCampers reported learning a variety of new skills including but not limited to editing Wikipedia, building mashups, entrepreneurship, filing bugs, workshop facilitiation, and reported that they learned about subjects like Open Street Maps, Google Summer of Code, Gnome OPW, augmented reality, Arduino and Mozilla Webmaker. Attendees also noted that the related discussions in our attendee forums, after the event, provided them with further valuable information.

Lightning talks were held on both days of the main track. Any AdaCamper that wanted to share their knowledge, experience or passion—on a topic either in open technology and culture or not—was given the stage for 90 seconds. AdaCampers talked about subjects from local Indian projects addressing women's issues, open humanitarian projects, women's free software groups and building a library of open knowledge for students in Myanmar. For many lightning talk speakers, this was their first experience of public speaking.

Social events

On the evening of Friday November 21, Web We Want sponsored a reception at Red Hat's offices. Thank you to Red Hat and Web We Want for hosting a reception that allowed a wider group to get together and socialise in a positive, feminist atmosphere.

Following the tradition established at many previous AdaCamps, instead of a large social event on Saturday night, attendees had dinner in small groups at restaurants around Bangalore. Attendees were invited to host dinners on behalf of their employers. Thank you to the Centre for Internet and Society, Growstuff and their representatives, for hosting dinners.

Reports from AdaCampers

"All and all a really fabulous and productive day; spent meeting some amazing women, learning lots which is sparking some ideas for some future projects." — Tracey Benson

Several AdaCampers wrote publicly about their experiences at the event. You can read some of those blogs posts here:

Conference resources

AdaCamp lanyards in red, yellow, and green with patterns for colorblind visibility

AdaCamp lanyards. CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin
Photo

Each AdaCamp we strive to improve the event. After each AdaCamp, we publish any resources we developed and license them CC BY-SA for use by the community. We're presently working on a photography usage policy and an alcohol policy, which we look forward to releasing publicly in the new year!

"Though I already had a good idea of what to expect, I was still impressed with the meticulous effort AdaCamp invests in creating a safe and comfortable experience for everyone." — Karolle Rabarison

Future AdaCamps

We're thrilled with the increasing success of AdaCamp at bringing women together and developing the current and next generation of women leaders in open technology and culture. AdaCamp is one of the key events of the Ada Initiative, with huge impact on its attendees and the communities they are involved in. Our 2014 AdaCamps in Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India, are part of our strategy to reach a wider range of women by holding more frequent but smaller AdaCamps around the world. We are developing plans for AdaCamps in 2015 and 2016 now. If you'd like to be notified of the next AdaCamp, sign up to our announcement mailing list or follow us on Twitter.

Thank you to all of the AdaCamp Bangalore attendees and AdaCamp sponsors for giving us the support we needed to run this event and make it what it is. You are what makes AdaCamp a success!

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2015 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you again to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google, Puppet Labs and Ada Initiative donors; gold sponsors Automattic, Red Hat, Mozilla, Web We Want and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

AdaCamp Berlin report-out: "I went to AdaCamp and all I got was a very good time!"

"Thanks to all of you! it was a great experience that all women in tech and open culture should live." — Anonymous AdaCamper

AdaCamp is an unconference for women in open technology and culture and the people who support them. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, discuss issues women have in common across open technology and culture fields, and find ways to address them. AdaCamp is organized by the Ada Initiative, a non-profit devoted to increasing the participation and status of women in open technology and culture, which includes open source software, Wikipedia and related projects, fan fiction, and more.

57 people who identified as women attended AdaCamp Berlin, held on October 11-12, 2014 at the office of Wikimedia Deutschland.

AdaCamp

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who made AdaCamp Berlin possible:
Google, Puppet Labs, Ada Initiative donors, Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat, Web We Want, Wikimedia Foundation, Simple, New Relic, Wikimedia Deutschland, Linux Foundation, NetApp, Rackspace, Spotify, Stripe, Wikimedia UK, MongoDB, Gitlab, OCLC, O'Reilly, Pinboard, and Python Software Foundation.

Impact of AdaCamp Berlin

"Talking to feminist women who work in tech and don't do exactly the same things I do gave me the possibility of looking at my position from other points of view and this was very empowering." — Anonymous AdaCamper

Our post-event survey (24% response rate) indicated that 83% respondents had improved their professional networks and feel more committed to participating in open technology and culture as a result of AdaCamp, two of the primary goals of the event. 66% of respondents felt more part of a community of women in open technology and culture and 58% agreed that AdaCamp increased their awareness of issues facing women in open technology and culture.

"I got back to editing Wikipedia after being dormant for 3 years." — Ednah Kiome

62% of respondents also said that they learned new skills to participate in open technology and culture. Overall, survey respondents liked the unconference format for its attendee-driven content and collaborative nature. Many participants specifically praised AdaCamp's role cards that are used for all sessions to help keep the session focused, on topic, and productive.

About the attendees

AdaCamp Berlin Attendees

CC BY-SA Sarah Sharp

"She believed, she could, so she did."Greta Doci

57 people attended AdaCamp Berlin. The attendees came from 19 countries. 35% of attendees were from Germany and 13% were from the United Kingdom. Other countries represented include Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America.

We worked hard to make AdaCamp Berlin diverse in many different ways. Some statistics from our post-conference survey (24% response rate):

  • 9% listed their race or ethnicity as other than white or Caucasian (compared to 23% in the Adacamp Portland survey, 30% in the AdaCamp San Francisco survey and 25% in the AdaCamp DC survey)
  • 100% were born outside the United States (11% AdaCamp Portland, 18% AdaCamp San Francisco, 28% AdaCamp DC)
  • 50% were not employed as programmers or IT specialists (42% AdaCamp Portland, 41% AdaCamp San Francisco, 49% AdaCamp DC)

Travel scholarships

"Inclusivity was a founding cornerstone of the event."Zara Rahman

To make AdaCamp more accessible to students, non-profit employees and others living outside of Berlin, and to increase the diversity of our attendees, we offered 6 travel scholarships to AdaCamp Berlin. Two of the travel grants were awarded to AdaCampers from Albania, and the others were awarded to AdaCampers from Belgium, France, Kenya and Slovenia. An additional 5 travel grants were provided by Wikimedia UK for UK based attendees. These five AdaCampers came from the United Kingdom and from Ireland.

What we did

AdaCamp Berlin was primarily structured as an unconference, with attendee-organized and facilitated sessions around issues facing women in open technology and culture. Based on feedback from the previous four AdaCamps, we added some more structure to the beginning and end of the schedule.

"I loved that AdaCamp allowed us to talk about [the connections between basic rights for women, and empowerment through technology] in their interlinked realities, unlike the slew of women’s events that seem to do little more than feed corporate ambitions." — Jane Ruffino

For most attendees, the first session of AdaCamp was an Impostor Syndrome workshop. Women's socialization is often less confident and competitive than men's, and women are therefore especially vulnerable to Impostor Syndrome — the belief that one's work is inferior and one's achievements and recognition are fraudulent — in open technology and culture endeavors where public scrutiny of their work is routine. As at AdaCamp San Francisco, the opening session was a large-group Impostor Syndrome workshop facilitated by AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore lead Alex Bayley. The Impostor Syndrome workshop was followed by introductory sessions on areas of open technology and culture that might be new to participants; including everything from electronic security and privacy, to feminist activism.

Two sessions in the afternoon were the first free-form sessions: the first focusing on what problems and barriers face women in open source technology and culture; and the second discussing existing solutions in a variety of communities. On Sunday the morning sessions were also free-form, with a focus on generating new and creative ways to address the problems and barriers facing women in open source technology and culture.

AdaCamp Schedule

CC BY-SA Nóirín Plunkett

On Sunday afternoon, attendee-organized sessions moved towards skill-sharing and creation, with a multitude of workshops, make-a-thons, edit-a-thons, hack-a-thons, and tutorials that ranged from a security and cryptography workshop, through group programming working on software as a craft, to a meta-workshop on how to run workshops!

AdaCampers reported learning a variety of new skills including but not limited to the usage of crypto tools, privacy, approaches to feminism, how to contribute to open source, how to better organize events, creating safer spaces, making events inclusive, fan culture, security and what one AdaCamper described as "A deeper understanding of why security is particularly important for women."

Lightning talks were held on both days of the main track. Any AdaCamper that wanted to share their knowledge, experience or passion—on a topic either in open technology and culture or not—was given the stage for 90 seconds. AdaCampers talked about subjects from useful hand signals for group communication, to online language barriers, to Wikipedia projects. For many lightning talk speakers, this was their first experience of public speaking.

Social events

On the evening of Friday October 10, Wikimedia UK and Web We Want sponsored a reception at Wikimedia Deutschland. Thank you to Wikimedia UK and Web We Want for hosting a reception that allowed a wider group to get together and socialise in a positive, feminist atmosphere.

3 women smiling

CC BY-SA Greta Doci


Following the tradition established at AdaCamps DC, San Francisco, and Portland; instead of a large social event on Saturday night, attendees had dinner in small groups at restaurants around Berlin. Attendees were invited to host dinners on behalf of their employers. Thank you to Puppet Labs and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and their representatives, for hosting dinners.

"The greatest moments [of AdaCamp] were the session on women who don't code and the Saturday night dinner, developing a discussion on codes of conduct at feminist events we'd begun during the afternoon with some of the women who attended it and luckily were also at the dinner." — Anonymous AdaCamper

Reports from AdaCampers

"I went to AdaCamp and all I got was a very good time!" — Helga Hansen

Several AdaCampers wrote publicly about their experiences at the event, in a variety of languages! You can read some of those blogs posts here:

Conference resources

Colored lanyards to indicate photo preferences

CC BY-SA Ioana Chiorean


Each AdaCamp we strive to improve the event. After each AdaCamp, we publish any resources we developed and license them CC BY-SA for use by the community. We're presently working on a photography usage policy, which we look forward to releasing publicly in the new year!

Future AdaCamps

We're thrilled with the increasing success of AdaCamp at bringing women together and developing the current and next generation of women leaders in open technology and culture. AdaCamp is one of the key events of the Ada Initiative, with huge impact on its attendees and the communities they are involved in. Our 2014 AdaCamps in Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India, are part of our strategy to reach a wider range of women by holding more frequent but smaller AdaCamps around the world. We are developing plans for AdaCamps in 2015 and 2016 now. If you'd like to be notified of the next AdaCamp, sign up to our announcement mailing list or follow us on Twitter.

Thank you to all of the AdaCamp Berlin attendees and AdaCamp sponsors for giving us the support we needed to run this event and make it what it is. You are what makes AdaCamp a success!

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2015 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you again to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs, gold sponsors Automattic, Red Hat, Mozilla, Web We Want, and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

Welcome AdaCamp Gold Sponsor Web We Want

Web We WantThe Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome Web We Want as a Gold sponsor of AdaCamp, our conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.

The Web We Want initiative uses innovative approaches to build support for national and regional campaigns to create an internet that is socially just and observes human rights. The projects key principles are freedom of expression on and offline; affordable access to a universally available communications platform; protection of personal user information and the right to communicate in private: diverse, de-centralized and open infrastructure; and neutral networks that don’t discriminate against content or users.

About AdaCamp

Audience of women with multicolored hair and clothes

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative is holding three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India.

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs; gold sponsors Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

Meet our AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore lead: Alex Bayley

With three AdaCamps in 2014 and four planned in 2015, the Ada Initiative staff can no longer run them all ourselves! Part of our mission is sustainable work practices, which unfortunately sometimes means not always being able to travel. So, for AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore we're bringing in one of our most experienced AdaCamp alumni, Alex "Skud" Bayley, to run AdaCamp on the ground, with the assistance of Nóirín Plunkett in Berlin and Suki McCoy in Bangalore.

A woman smiling wearing a gardening hat

Alex "Skud" Bayley, AdaCamp Berlin and Bangalore lead

Alex has been part of AdaCamp right from the start: she secured our Melbourne venue for us, drafted the application process we use to this day and gave us the benefit of her vast experience in running events in open technology and culture. She also joined us as an AdaCamp Portland attendee. Alex is an experienced open technology and culture developer and community leader; she uses open source software and related technologies to effect social and environmental change. She has worked in Australia, the US, and Canada. After leaving San Francisco in 2011, where she had worked as a technical community director for the open data project Freebase, she returned to Australia and started Growstuff, combining her personal interest and experience in veggie gardening and open data. She lives in Ballarat, Victoria, where she works on a variety of open tech projects for social justice and sustainability.

To help you get to know Alex before AdaCamp, we interviewed her about AdaCamps past and present, and the many other projects she's working on right now.

What's your history as an event leader? What were your favourite moments at events you've run in the past?

Alex: I've been organising events for mostly Internet-based communities for about 20 years now. I've always loved the opportunity to meet people face to face who I originally knew online. Some examples include the Melbourne Perl Mongers (a technical meetup group that I founded in 1998), and the Wiscon Vid Party (a fan-made video show held annually at Wiscon, a feminist science fiction convention). I also helped organise the first AdaCamp in Melbourne in 2012.

My favourite moments? I'd have to say I love the moment when an attendee realises that this event is different, that it's something special. We all go to so many events that are formulaic, whether it's a tech meetup with the same speakers and pizza as all the other tech meetups, or conventions with the same sorts of panels and vendor exhibits you see everywhere else. We think we know what to expect. So when someone comes to event and you see their eyes widen and they say "Oh! This is different!", and they realise that an event can make them feel joy or inspiration or belonging, that's what I really love to see.

What did you enjoy about AdaCamp Melbourne and AdaCamp Portland?

At AdaCamp Melbourne, I really loved the venue — an environmental park in Melbourne's suburbs, with a meeting space built from green materials and using passive solar technologies. It meant we had heaps of natural light and fresh air, and the area around us was full of greenery, a farmer's market, and even livestock. It was lovely to be able to feel the sun on your face at lunchtime, and a nice change from meeting in a more traditional convention space. AdaCamp always has a special feel to it because we work hard to make the space welcoming and accessible, but herb gardens right outside the meeting room door and chickens pecking around nearby were really something different :)

In Portland, I was just outright inspired by all the women I met, the amazing projects they're working on, and how smart and passionate and welcoming everyone was. I made some great friends that weekend, and came home with a new commitment to expanding my own skills and using them to make the world a better place. I think AdaCamp gives us a safe space to open up to ideas, and to listen and talk without having to be on our guard against stereotypes, sexist comments, or unwelcome attention, and that's what makes it so easy to fully engage and get the most out of the event.

What are you looking forward to most about AdaCamp Berlin and AdaCamp Bangalore?

I am so excited to meet women from Europe, South Asia, and other areas who are as passionate as I am about both open tech/culture and feminism. Past AdaCamps have helped us form a network of feminists in the open tech/culture field, and this network is now spreading more widely, giving us connections to other points of view and other experiences. This will strengthen our understanding of the issues we face and give us new insights into how we can face them together. I'm especially pleased that each AdaCamp has women attending from further away, so that there's more chance for our ideas to cross-pollinate, rather than being siloed in each region.

What else are you working on right now? Any plans for your visit to Germany and to India?

I'm working on Growstuff, an open data project around food and sustainable agriculture, so I'm going to be meeting with a lot of people and talking about that through my travels. If you're interested in those areas, or if you're looking for a welcoming open source project to get involved in or a chance to learn Ruby on Rails, please get in touch and let's meet! I'm also visiting the UK and will be running a coding event in London the weekend after AdaCamp.

Apart from that, as usual I have about a dozen other projects on the go! I'm making block prints of Grace Hopper, doing software development and tech work for community gardens and appropriate technology, and working with my local library to build up their collection of books by and about same-sex attracted and gender diverse people. I'm looking forward to the long flights to Europe and India as a chance to do nothing for a change :)

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative is holding three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India.

Supporting AdaCamp

AdaCamps are not supported solely by our sponsors: gifts from you, our generous donors, make up a large part of AdaCamp's budget. Support women in open technology and culture and their leading event! Please contribute to more AdaCamps in 2015 by giving to our annual fundraising drive today!

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Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs; gold sponsors Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.

Newest AdaCamp sponsors: Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia UK, and Wikimedia DE

The Ada Initiative is pleased to welcome the Wikimedia Foundation as a Gold sponsor of AdaCamp, our conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.

Wikimedia FoundationThe Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and many other free, multi-lingual content web sites. The Wikimedia Foundation's sponsorship is through travel scholarships, in-kind donations and a grant from the Wikimedia Grants Program, which is open to the public and is designed to fund mission-aligned programs and activities.

We're also excited to have the support of two national Wikimedia chapters for our 2014 AdaCamps: Silver sponsor Wikimedia Deutschland is hosting AdaCamp Berlin in October and, as announced in July, Bronze sponsor Wikimedia UK provided travel scholarships for UK based attendees. Our remaining 2014 event, AdaCamp Bangalore in November, is being organized with the assistance of local Wikimedians.

The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. AdaCamp brings together individuals from around the world with a passion for open source culture and content, including free knowledge projects. Through this collaboration, we hope to reach a proportionally larger audience of women interested in Wikimedia-related activities though these collaborations with the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia Deutschland and Wikimedia UK chapters.

About AdaCamp

AdaCampAdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. AdaCamp brings women together to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them.

In 2014, the Ada Initiative announced three AdaCamps located in technology hubs on three continents: Portland, Oregon, USA; Berlin, Germany; and Bangalore, India. AdaCamp Portland occurred in June and was a huge success. Applications have closed for AdaCamp Berlin on October 11–12 and AdaCamp Bangalore on November 22–23. To hear about future AdaCamps, please follow the Ada Initiative's announcements via email or on social media.

Supporting AdaCamp

AdaCamps are not supported solely by our sponsors: gifts from you, our generous donors, make up a large part of AdaCamp's budget. Support women in open technology and culture and their leading event! Please contribute to more AdaCamps in 2015 by giving to our annual fundraising drive today!

Donate now

Sponsorship

Your organization has the opportunity to sponsor AdaCamps in 2014 and reach women leaders in open technology and culture on three continents. Contact us at sponsors@adainitiative.org for more information about becoming a sponsor.


Thank you to the AdaCamp 2014 platinum sponsors Google and Puppet Labs; gold sponsors Automattic, Mozilla, Red Hat and Wikimedia Foundation; and silver sponsors New Relic, Simple and Wikimedia Deutschland.