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Sydneysider Mary Gardiner, Ada Initiative co-founder, to keynote Wikimania 2012 (AU version)

Sydneysider Mary Gardiner, Ada Initiative co-founder, to keynote Wikimania 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner will be giving the opening keynote at Wikimania 2012, the international conference for Wikipedia-related projects, in Washington, D.C. in July. Mary Gardiner, based in Sydney, is the Director of Operations and research for the Ada Initiative, a U.S. 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. Brianna Laugher, one of the co-founders of Wikimedia Australia, says “Wikimania is an amazing conference that draws attendees of all ages from all over the globe. The Ada Initiative has been a rallying point for those concerned about the under-representation of women in open source and free culture technical communities, and it’s heartening for me to see the Wikipedia community working to narrow the gender gap by inviting Mary Gardiner to speak.” 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 linux.conf.au, 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 https://adainitiative.org/adacamp.

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 https://adainitiative.org.

Contact details:

Email: press@adainitiative.org
Website: https://adainitiative.org

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 linux.conf.au, 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 https://adainitiative.org/adacamp.

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 https://adainitiative.org.

Contact details:

Email: press@adainitiative.org
Website: https://adainitiative.org

Ada Initiative fund-raising campaign hits target a week early

The Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women in open technology and culture, successfully met its first fund-raising target one week before the planned closing date of June 30th. The Seed 100 campaign raised over $80,000 from 102 donors of $512 or more in just 24 days. “This fund-raising campaign was our first real test of community support for the Ada Initiative and it was overwhelmingly positive,” says Mary Gardiner, Director of Operations. Valerie Aurora, Executive Director of the Ada Initiative, says “It’s easy for people to say they support women in open culture and technology, but when they pull out their own wallets, you know they are serious.”

The money raised in the Seed 100 funding round will go towards program development and project planning, spanning the gap between initial angel funding and long-term corporate sponsorships. “Sponsoring the Ada Initiative is an easy way for any organization to make a difference,” says Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs, an early Ada Initiative corporate sponsor. “We want to help create the kind of culture shift that will make open source development thrive with the participation of all genders,” says Sage Weil, co-founder of Dreamhost, another Ada Initiative corporate sponsor.

The Ada Initiative focuses on scalable, reusable, and effective programs aimed at both recruitment and retention of women in open technology and culture. On-going projects include making community conferences more welcoming to women by adopting written standards for attendee behavior and a survey of women in open technology and culture with nearly 3000 respondents. Planned programs include First Patch Week, partnering with open source companies to mentor university students through their first open source patch, and AdaCamp, a conference focused on women in open technology and culture. For more information, see:

https://adainitiative.org/continue-our-work/

The full list of Seed 100 funders is available at:

https://adainitiative.org/support-us/seed-100-funders/

The Ada Initiative thanks its Angel Funders, Linux Australia, Puppet Labs, and Dreamhost for their early support, and its first Venture Philanthropist funder, Google. Contact the Ada Initiative at donors@adainitiative.org to discuss sponsorship at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels, or donate at the Venture Philanthropist level of sponsorship on our web site at:

https://adainitiative.org/sponsors-and-supporters/support-us/donate-online/

The Ada Initiative launches Seed 100 fundraising campaign

The Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women in open technology and culture, has launched its first major fundraising campaign. Funds raised will be used for program development and project planning.

The Ada Initiative Seed 100 campaign invites donations of $512 or more, and is limited to a maximum of 100 donors, all of whom will be credited as seed donors.

The Seed 100 campaign is funding our necessary start-up costs, like planning and budgeting our projects,” said Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner. It will allow us to develop plans for projects like First Patch Week, and continued work on conference policy development, so that we can take them to future partners and larger donors.”

Seed 100 donors will be given limited edition rewards to thank them for their donation. Web comic artist Sydney Padua has donated 25 signed prints based on her web comic The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” as rewards for the first 25 donations over $1024. Later donations over $1024 will receive a print of a portrait of Ada Lovelace by illustrator Colin Adam. All donors to the drive will receive limited edition Ada Initiative laptop stickers and conference lanyards.

Donations to the Ada Initiative Seed 100 campaign are being accepted at https://adainitiative.org/2011/06/seed-100-funding-round-open/

The 2D Goggles signed print: https://adainitiativedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/lovelace_poster1.jpg?w=194&h=300

The portrait of Ada Lovelace: https://adainitiativedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/adalovelacefinal1web.jpg?w=199&h=300

About the Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture, founded by long-time women in open technology activists and programmers Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely recognized as the worlds
first computer programmer. The Ada Initiative partners with organizations and communities to increase the participation of women in ways that shape the technology, such as software design and development, writing for Wikipedia, and community leadership.

Contact details:

Email: press@adainitiative.org
Website: https://adainitiative.org/

About Sydney Padua

Sydney Padua is an animator and cartoonist based in London. Her web comic 2D Goggles: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” began in 2009 and centres on the adventures of fictionalised computing pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage as they fight crime. 2D Goggles began as a one-off comic written for Ada Lovelace Day, founded by one of Sydneys friends, Suw Charman, and grew from there. The 2D Goggles web site also features many blog posts about the process of creating the comic, including links to primary sources and analysis of comic design.

Sydneys home page
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

About Colin Adams

Colin Adams is a freelance illustrator working out of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Colin has a passion for geek and computer culture, working on everything from steampunk accessories to video game character design to magazine illustrations. Colin conceived and drew the current LinuxChix logo, a woman driving a robotic penguin nicknamed Robotux” (later remixed as the Unicorn/Robotux logo for Haecksen).

Colins work can be seen at: http://www.colinadams.com/

Robotux logo
Unicorn/Robotux logo

Ada Initiative kicks off census to research women's status in open technology and culture

Ada Initiative kicks off census to research womens status in open technology and culture

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The Ada Initiative launched a census today to gain a broad understanding of womens participation, representation, and status in open technology and culture. “We want to know what women are working on and how each communitys culture affects women,” said Ada Initiative co-founder Valerie Aurora. “We also want to know where to direct our work in helping women in the community.” The census includes questions about the representation and status of women in open technology and culture, and will be repeated periodically to measure changes in the community and help shape the Ada Initiatives programs.

Anyone involved in the following fields, regardless of gender, is encouraged to take the 5-minute survey (https://adainitiative.org/projects/census):

Open source/free software
Open source hardware
Open geodata and maps
Open government
Open data
Open standards and formats
Open educational initiatives
Open/decentralised social networking
Creative Commons and free culture
Wikipedia and other wikis
Open crisis response and humanitarian projects
Barcamps and unconferences
Online/digital activism
Remix/mashup culture
Transformative works fandom, including fan fiction, fan art, and fan vidding
Maker/DIY community
Hacker spaces
Coworking

The Ada Initiative Census can be found at:

https://adainitiative.org/projects/census

The census closes on March 29th, 2011.

About the Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture, founded by long-time women in open technology activists and programmers Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely recognized as the worlds first computer programmer. The Ada Initiative partners with organizations and communities to increase the participation of women in ways that shape the technology, such as software design and development, writing for Wikipedia, and community leadership.

Contact details:

Email: press@adainitiative.org
Phone: +1 (415) 779-5914
Website: https://adainitiative.org

The Ada Initiative Announces Advisory Board

The Ada Initiative Announces Advisory Board

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Ada Initiative, a non-profit promoting women in open technology and culture, announced the members of its advisory board today. Members include world-class leaders from Wikipedia, open source software, and remix/fan culture. Free culture and open technologies are reshaping our world, and we need women to be part of that process. Advising the Ada Initiative is one way I support this goal,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. The advisory board will work closely with the Ada Initiative founders in planning and executing their projects.

The Ada Initiatives advisors include:

  • Donna Benjamin, community organizer and director of Creative Contingencies
  • Alice Boxhall, Google software engineer and Australian women in technology activist
  • Rachel Chalmers, research director of infrastructure with The 451 Group
  • Francesca Coppa, co-founder of the Organization For Transformative Works
  • Selena Deckelmann, database consultant and analyst for Emma and open source community leader
  • Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Leigh Honeywell, HackLab.TO co-founder and president, and Ubuntu Women co-leader
  • Danielle Madeley, Telepathy developer and GNOME Outreach Programme for Women mentor
  • Denise Paolucci, co-owner of Dreamwidth Studios
  • Kirrily Robert, founder of the Geek Feminism blog and wiki, experienced open source software developer, prolific writer and public speaker
  • Nóirín Shirley, Executive Vice President at the Apache Software Foundation and board member of the Open Cloud Initiative
  • Matt Zimmerman, Chief Technology Officer and chair of Technical Board for Ubuntu

Complete biographies for our advisors are available at:

https://adainitiative.org/advisors

About the Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture, founded by long-time women in open technology activists and programmers Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely recognized as the worlds first computer programmer. The Ada Initiative partners with organizations and communities to increase the participation of women in ways that shape the technology, such as software design and development, writing for Wikipedia, and community leadership.

Ada Initiative launches to promote women in open technology and culture

Ada Initiative launches to promote women in open technology and culture

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Open source activists Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner announce the launch today of the Ada Initiative (https://adainitiative.org/), a non-profit organization to promote womens participation in open technology and culture.

Open technology and culture, including open source software, open content, and related communities, suffer from a dearth of women at all levels. “Open technology and culture are shaping our future and must reflect all people. Involving more women in the creation of our future is a critical step in building a healthy Internet world,” says Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation. The Ada Initiative will concentrate on focused, direct action programs, including recruitment and training for women, education for community members, and working with companies and projects to improve their outreach to women.

The Ada Initiatives first sponsor is Linux Australia (http://linux.org.au/), which promotes the development of free and open source software. Sponsorship funds will allow the Ada Initiative to retain expert staff to focus on major projects which are beyond the capacity of purely volunteer organizations. The Ada Initiative is currently seeking additional partner organizations and sponsors.

About the Ada Initiative

The Ada Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture. Co-founders Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora each have ten years of experience in open source software, open social media, and women in computing activism. The Ada Initiative is advised by a team of experts from open technology and culture fields including open source software, open government, Wikipedia, hackerspaces, social media, remix and fan culture, and online activism.