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Ada Initiative news, January 2012

Fundraising

Thank you to everyone who donated to our fund-raising drive ending January 31, 2012. Over December and January, we raised $30,463 in individual donations from over 250 donors, and about $15,000 in corporate donations, for a total of 4-5 months of operating expenses. Your donations make projects like AdaCamp, allies workshops, and Adas Advice possible – in fact, we continued work on all three of these projects while we were fundraising.

If you want to donate and missed the deadline, dont worry – you can still donate at our year-round donation page. We are also seeking corporate donations.We especially thank our corporate sponsors who donated and/or provided matching funds:

  • Ceph: Open source distributed file system
  • Dreamwidth: Full-featured blog hosting on open source platform
  • Puppet Labs: Open source systems management software
  • Singly: Open source platform for accessing social network data
  • Creative Contingencies: Open source solutions and event organization

Thank you to everyone who donated, spread the word, or helped! We appreciate it!

AdaCamp Melbourne

We were thrilled with the success of our first AdaCamp in Melbourne on January 14.

AdaCamp stood out for me from other conferences because everyone participated and seemed to really want to go beyond the conference and drive things out in the real world. (Cobi Smith.)

Several sessions produced new or improved documentation, often hosted on the Geek Feminism wiki: fighting Impostor Syndrome, valuing diverse skills and women-oriented hiring, and preventing volunteer burnout. We also learned more about each others communities, including success stories like the majority female development community behind open source software project Dreamwidth and challenges facing librarians fighting for open access to knowledge.

For a full report on AdaCamp Melbourne please see AdaCamp Melbourne 2012 full report.

Based on the success of AdaCamp Melbourne other AdaCamps are in planning. Please follow our blog or join our announcement list for information on future AdaCamps.

linux.conf.au and Haecksen miniconf

Valerie and Mary spent a week in January in Ballarat, Australia for linux.conf.au. At linux.conf.au they delivered three sessions:

She’s Geeky

Valerie Aurora attended She’s Geeky Bay Area in late January.

Awards

At linux.conf.au, Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner was awarded the Rusty Wrench award for services to the Australian Free Software community.

Anti-harassment

In July, Tim O’Reilly pledged to adopt a code of conduct for O’Reilly events. O’Reilly has now released their code of conduct, joining other adopters of similar policies. Thank you O’Reilly!

Other organisations wishing to consider a anti-harassment policy can find policy resources on the Geek Feminism wiki.

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.

New sponsors

Ceph

This month Ceph joined us as our first major Ada Initiative sponsor. Ceph is a distributed open source file system whose development was primarily funded by DreamHost, the successful Los Angeles based web-hosting company. The Ceph project is becoming part of a newly created and growing soon to be named” business entity that will provide ongoing resources and support services to those adopting Ceph.

Learn more about Ceph in Valerie Aurora’s interview with Sage Weil and Bryan Bogensberger.

Thank you again to Ceph for their support of the Ada Initiative.

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.

Ada Initiative "Women in open technology and culture worldwide" talk available

For those who missed the live stream, Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner of the Ada Initiative spoke about Women in open technology and culture worldwide at linux.conf.au 2012 on January 19, surveying women in open technology and culture initiatives.

The talk is now available for viewing, both on Youtube and in downloadable form.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.www.universalsubtitles.org/embed.js

You can also download the video in OGV format (250MB) or obtain it (among many other linux.conf.au videos) from the Bittorrent of linux.conf.au videos.

Donate now!

Edited to add: Slides alone are now available here.

Ada Initiative linux.conf.au 2012 talk streaming live at 0220 UTC Jan 19

Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner of the Ada Initiative will be speaking about Women in open technology and culture worldwide at linux.conf.au 2012 today, surveying women in open technology and culture initiatives.

Tech willing, this talk will stream live at view.streamti.me/caro at 0220 UTC. (See this event time in your local time.) Join us from whereever you are in the world. We recommend joining the stream a few minutes early to give the video time to sync.

If you miss out on the live stream, a recorded version of the talk will likely be available in a few weeks, and we will share the video when it is available.

Donate now!

Ada Initiative news, December 2011

Fundraising

You’ve probably noticed that in December and January the Ada Initiative is running a major fundraising drive. We hope to fund several months of activity in 2012 through this drive. We deeply appreciate your support so far. Help us reach our goal in January 2012!

Donate now!

Supporting the fundraising drive has taken a lot of behind the scenes work, particularly configuring and customising CiviCRM, our donation management software, and associated donation workflows. CiviCRM is an open source project recommended to us by EFF staff as substantially outperforming proprietary software in the same space.

While this fundraising drive has again consumed a lot of staff time behind the scenes, unlike the rather one-off work we did on our Seed 100 drive, where we manually raised invoices, reconciled payments and assembled the mailouts, our work setting up this fundraising drive is extremely reusable. We’re thankful to be running a successful and this time repeatable fundraising campaign!

AdaCamp Melbourne

In addition to fundraising work, we’ve spent the last month completing the organisation of AdaCamp Melbourne. We expect more than 35 participants to join us at the CERES Environment Park for our first ever AdaCamp. Participants are joining us both from Melbourne communities, and from all over Australia, including several participants from Western Australia. We’re also thrilled to have two women from New Zealand and one from the Philippines flying in to join us for the event.

While some of the work of AdaCamp will need to be redone for future events—for example, venue research and hire, and recruiting and selecting AdaCampers themselves—we’ve learned a lot from this first event that we’re looking forward to use in hosting future AdaCamps.

Application for tax exempt status

We were advised in mid-December that our application for tax exemption in the United States awaits a fuller review in 2012. We are conferring with our legal and tax advisors on the likely review date and related matters, but are unlikely to have further news to report for some months.

Existing donors filing US taxes should seek advice from their tax professional regarding showing their donation to the Ada Initiative on their tax filings.

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.

We will also be at the Girl Geek Dinner that evening, open to all geek women and their guests.

Valerie and Mary will both be attending LCA 2012 in Ballarat, Australia from January 16 – 20, where we will give several talks:

  1. a main conference talk on Women in open technology and culture worldwide
  2. The Ada Initiative: achievements and plans” at the the Haecksen miniconference
  3. for the second year running, an allies workshop at the Haecksen miniconf, please register for the allies workshop if you are interested

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.

New sponsor

In December, Dreamwidth Studios pledged 10% of their gross December revenues to the Ada Initiative. Their final donation amount means that they become the Ada Initiative’s third Venture Philanthropist sponsor!

Thank you once more to Denise Paolucci and Mark Smith, co-owners of Dreamwidth, for your generous support of the Ada Initiative.

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.

Register your interest in the allies training workshop @ linux.conf.au in Ballarat!

From 2:20pm at the Haecksen miniconf at linux.conf.au on Monday January 16, the Ada Initiative’s Valerie Aurora will be running a workshop especially for our male allies. Please personally invite the men you know to come along and have some fun with us. They will find out why we want and need allies, and what to do when they find themselves in an awkward situation. Valerie will run through some specific scenarios that we’ve all seen, and how they can play out differently when there is an ally involved.

Register your interest in attending the allies workshop at the Haecksen website.

Haecksen miniconf schedule announced

The Haecksen miniconf for women in Linux and open source will be held for the sixth time at linux.conf.au in Ballarat, Australia, in January. They’ve just announced their full schedule, including two Ada Initiative staff presentations: an allies workshop by Valerie Aurora and a talk by both Valerie and Mary Gardiner.

Schedule

The miniconf will be on Monday January 16, the first day of linux.conf.au. It includes talks by Sara Falamaki, Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner and Sarah Novotny, and a panel including Pia Waugh, Selena Deckelmann, Leslie Hawthorn and Danni Madeley.

See the full schedule for more information.

Attending

The miniconf is open to those registered to attend linux.conf.au. See registration information and prices.

Thanks

Thanks to Lana Brindley, the organiser of the Haecksen miniconf in 2012.