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Ada Initiative news, November 2011

Fundraising

The Ada Initiative has launched a new round of fundraising to support our work in 2012. Following the success of our high value Seed 100 campaign in mid-2011 we’re now offering all supporters of women in open technology and culture the opportunity to contribute to our work, whether you can donate $1 or $1024.

We have some beautiful thank you gifts for supporters, from stickers to an Ada Lovelace pendant to tickets to a supporter thank you dinner.

Donate now!

AdaCamp Melbourne

Planning for our first AdaCamp, a summit on women in open technology and culture, is well advanced. AdaCamp will be held on Saturday January 14 in Melbourne Australia. AdaCamp will have an exciting, inspiring mix of people from various parts of the open technology and culture” world, each of whom brings something special to the event. AdaCamp attendance will be by invitation: if you would like us to consider you, please apply. Applications are now open: apply to attend AdaCamp. Applications will close Wednesday December 14 2011.

Grace Hopper Celebration

In mid-November, Valerie attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Ada Initiative ran a survey of attendees at Grace Hopper, finding out about young women’s impressions of open technology careers. We’re looking forward to sharing the results of this survey with you early in 2012.

Anti-harassment policy turns one

November 29 was the one year anniversary of the publication of the example conference anti-harassment policy! One year later, over 30 conferences have adopted an anti-harassment policy of one kind or another. See Valerie’s roundup post for more information on why to adopt an anti-harassment policy and on conferences that are already using it.

Find out more about the Ada Initiative’s activities this year!

In late November Valerie wrote a wrap-up of our 2011 activities, so that our supporters understand better who we are, what we’ve been up to, and what we plan to do in the future.

Geek Feminism wiki

Our board member Denise Paolucci is now the feature article on the Geek Feminism wiki! Head on over and learn about Denise’s work as co-founder of Dreamwidth.

Upcoming appearances

Valerie and Mary are both attending the Ada Initiative’s own AdaCamp Melbourne on January 14. We’re looking forward to working with the Australian community on women’s open technology and culture participation.

Valerie and Mary will both be attending LCA 2012 in Ballarat, Australia from January 16 – 20. They will be giving a joint talk on Women in open technology and culture worldwide“. They’re also looking forward to giving an Ada Initiative update at the Haecksen miniconference.

Upcoming events for women in open technology and culture

See our calendar for a full listing, and submit any additional events to share@adainitiative.org.

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 donors@adainitiative.org for larger sponsorship packages.

Applications to AdaCamp Melbourne: please contact us if your application wasn't acknowledged

Reminder: applications to AdaCamp Melbourne, to be held in Melbourne Australia on January 14, are now open.

Due to technical errors, we are concerned that some applications may have gone missing. If you filled out the application form but did not receive an email acknowledgement from Mary, please contact adacamp@adainitiative.org to let us know. We don’t want anyone to miss out. Thanks!

AdaCamp Melbourne: apply to attend now!

One of the major goals of the Ada Initiative is to organize a series of meetings of women in open technology and culture around the world, which we’re calling AdaCamp. Our very first AdaCamp will be held in Melbourne Australia on Saturday January 14 2012.

AdaCamp will have an exciting, inspiring mix of people from various parts of the “open technology and culture” world, each of whom brings something special to the event. We’re looking for people who:

  • work in open technology and culture: any field involving open/grassroots/community participation and sharing the results of your work for free (see our list of open technology and culture fields for examples)
  • can share information about women’s experiences in that field, including talking about women’s achievements and the challenges they face
  • want to work together and share strategies to support and promote women in the field
  • share the Ada Initiative’s feminist approach to supporting and promoting women in open technology and culture
  • are young and old; students, professionals and hobbyists; from a diverse range of backgrounds; and reflect the breadth of the “open technology and culture” field.

AdaCamp attendance will be by invitation: if you would like us to consider you, please apply. Applications are now open: apply to attend AdaCamp. Applications will close Wednesday December 14 2011.

AdaCamp is open to people of all genders. However, since AdaCamp and the Ada Initiative exist to support and promote women in open technology and culture, prospective attendees who are not themselves women will need to demonstrate a very high level of prior engagement and experience with the issues faced by women in those fields in order to be invited.

Find out more about AdaCamp at the event webpage.

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Ada Initiative to hold first AdaCamp in Melbourne, Australia

Update: AdaCamp Melbourne is now accepting applications.

Conferences and workshops are powerful tools of change. As anyone who has attended this kind of meeting knows, bringing passionate and knowledgable people together in one place often results in new ideas, renewed energy and motivation, and action. One of the major goals of the Ada Initiative is to organize a series of meetings of women in open technology and culture around the world, which we’re calling AdaCamp.

There are several events for women within particular communities, such as the Haecksen miniconf in Australia/New Zealand, held annually at linux.conf.au and attended by women in open source. We intend AdaCamp to be the next step: bringing women together to build community, discuss issues women have in common across open technology and culture fields, and find ways to address them. In particular, we hope to find out what common responses and resources are needed and how the Ada Initiative can contribute to them.

As Ada Initiative directors Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner will be attending linux.conf.au 2012 in Ballarat, Australia, we intend to hold our very first AdaCamp the weekend before, as a one-day event on Saturday 14th January 2012, in Melbourne, Australia.

Attending AdaCamp Melbourne

Approximately 30 to 40 women will be invited to attend AdaCamp Melbourne. Invitations will be based on an open application process; that is, women interested in attending submit a short application, and attendees will be selected from among the applicants. Attendees will be selected based on leadership in open technology and culture, and interest in contributing to supporting women in the community.

Expressions of interest

Update: AdaCamp Melbourne is now accepting applications.

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