AdaCamp is a series of conferences dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia and other wiki-related projects, open knowledge and education, open government and open data, open hardware and appropriate technology, library technology, creative fan culture, remix culture, translation/localization/internationalization, and more.
“I might have come alone… but I left with an army.” — AdaCamp DC participant
AdaCamp is a project of the Ada Initiative, a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.
There is one more AdaCamp in 2014:
- AdaCamp Bangalore, November 22–23, 2014 (applications closed)
2015 AdaCamps will soon be announced! If you are interested in attending a future AdaCamp, please see our contact page for ways to get announcements about upcoming AdaCamps.
Impact of AdaCamp
The Ada Initiative has run three AdaCamps in two countries, with more than 300 women in open tech/culture attending. We survey attendees after each AdaCamp. After our most recent AdaCamp in San Francisco, 92% of people who answered the survey felt that AdaCamp had improved their professional networks and nearly as many (82%) felt more part of a community of women in open technology and culture.
“Ranging from open education to open government, learning python to open hardware, work cultures for women, to women centric maker spaces (the one I really wanted to be a part of); the range was broad and exciting. I proposed two sessions: on angry young women, and on women centric maker spaces. A fun session where I learned things: soft circuits (and e-textile – with no stereotypes attached :P )” — Noopur Raval
“The sessions were amazing but even more amazing were the AdaCampers themselves. I met strong, capable, brilliant people who have passion for a variety of things but who were all brought together to participate in this unique event. They each brought their own experiences and their own expertise. The unconference was stronger because we weren’t all alike and we didn’t experience things in the same way.” — Christina
“We said many things [during the "Startups" session], but the one that stayed with me was reminding ourselves it is never too late to start. You can succeed even If you did not start your learning/business/start-up before you reached your early 20s. And it is very possible that you will accomplish many victories, since you already have experience in many other fields.” — Andrea Arzaba
Find out more about AdaCamp in the post-event reports for each event:
- AdaCamp Berlin, October 11–12, 2014 (report coming soon)
- AdaCamp Portland, June 21–22, 2014
- AdaCamp San Francisco, June 8–9, 2013
- AdaCamp DC, July 10–11, 2012
- AdaCamp Melbourne, January 14, 2012
Please donate to the Ada Initiative today to support AdaCamp and other projects to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture!
In order to make the event affordable for as many women in open technology and culture as possible, AdaCamps are supported by sponsorships. Past sponsors of AdaCamp include Mozilla, Automattic, Facebook, Google, Intel, Red Hat, and Twitter.