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July: AdaCamp DC, Wikimania keynote and West Coast meetups!
Our second AdaCamp
was held over two days in Washington DC for 100 attendees from around the world.
Photo: Adam Novak
Co-founder Mary Gardiner gave a very successful keynote
"Fostering diversity", to over 1400 attendees at the Wikimania conference.
Photo: Alejandro Linares Garcia CC BY-SA
Ada supporter meetups
We held the first Ada Initiative meetup in San Francisco, followed by a meetup for
Google employees the following day.
Photo: Adam Novak
AdaCamp DC: building community and fighting burnout and impostor syndrome
"I started camp wondering what open source tech shared in common with gnomes,
to discovering the wonderful GNOME project which encourages women to learn code
and create their "first patch". Talk about shock and awe :0. I'm leaving with
new tools like IRC, bug trackers and mentor lists..." - Leslie Birch
AdaCamp is an unconference for women in open technology and culture and the people
who support them. 100 people attended the second AdaCamp
on July 10 - 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Attendees ca,e from at least 10 countries
including Japan, India, Myanmar, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Australia, the UK, Canada,
and the US.
"It was AWESOME. I arrived at AdaCamp well aware that I am currently burnt out
and have difficulty setting boundaries, but I had no idea... how many other women
have experienced similar issues and therefore have useful advice. I feel as if
I've returned to my regular life with dramatically increased motivation and clarity.
Thank you!" - Anonymous
We ran over 65 sessions over 2 days. Session topics included Hands on Hacking
Women Editing Wikipedia
Burnout and Lifehacking
Fandom, Feminism & Social Change
Job Seeker/We're Hiring!
and Feminist Hackathons
to name just a few. In total, over 40 of the sessions were documented on PiratePad
If you couldn't make it to AdaCamp DC, but are interested in attending future AdaCamps
or other Ada Initiative events, please subscribe to the Ada Initiative blog
or subscribe to Ada Initiative email announcements
The Ada Initiative thanks our AdaCamp DC sponsors for making the event possible.
Thank you to our Gold level sponsor the Wikimedia Foundation
Thank you to our Silver level sponsors: the Linux Foundation
Mary Gardiner's Wikimania keynote: Fostering diversity
On July 12, Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner
gave the opening keynote
to Wikimania 2012
the world's largest conference for Wikipedia and related projects. Over 1400 people
were in attendance, including several hundred people attending the co-located Tech@State
conference. The keynote was part of articles in Slate
The title of the keynote was "Fostering diversity - not a boring chore, a critical
opportunity." In it, Mary described how various social change movements around
the globe increased diversity in their ranks, and what they gained from it. While
the Wikipedia community is not first and foremost a social change movement, "free
access to the sum of all human knowledge" is an almost unimaginably strong force
for social change, and many Wikipedians see their work in that light. Diversity
is an important part of that goal; as Mary puts it, "To incorporate the sum of
human knowledge you have to incorporate the sum of humans."
Mary outlined several ways to improve diversity. People often fear that creating
communities for underrepresented groups within a project leads to isolation and
drop-outs, when the opposite is true. "The more you encourage people retain parts
of their identity that are important to them, in my case as a woman, the more you
enhance their other identity as a Wikipedian." Extending invitations specifically
to underrepresented groups, such as the GNOME Outreach Program for Women, is effective
for many reasons. "It is the Wikipedia community that has the power that to reach
out to the powerless rather than the other way around."
The video is not yet available, but the slides are available from Wikimedia Commons
and the Wikinews story
includes extensive notes from the keynote
as well as audio-only recordings
Selena Deckelmann's first month as Consulting Director of Development
Ada Initiative advisor and open source expert Selena Deckelmann joined us as Consulting
Director of Development
from July 1.
Selena has worked on a huge number of projects in her first month with us including
developing our plans for funding mix and reviewing our fundraising strategy; reviewing
our fundraising materials; helping us prioritize our programs; and connecting with
our donors and discussing our programs and our path from here with them. It's been
amazingly helpful to have Selena focussed on the organization's long term plans
while we worked hard on AdaCamp DC and our other events in July.
Thank you Selena!
Meetups in San Francisco and at Google
On July 16, we held our first Ada Initiative meetup, in San Francisco. Ada Initiative
co-founders Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora, and Consulting Director of Development
Selena Deckelmann enjoyed meeting old and new Ada Initiative friends.
Mary and Valerie also met some of the Ada Initiative supporters among Google employees
the following day at lunch on Google's Mountain View campus. Thank you for all
your thoughts on our work, and thanks again for your generosity, your donations
in 2011 collectively made the Google employee gift-matching program our second
Ada Initiative advisors in the news
In addition to Mary's Wikimania keynote, two of our advisors
also gave keynote talks in July!
1. Sarah Stierch gave a keynote entitled "The Visual Experience - Gender and Ways
of Seeing Wikimedia"
at Wikipedia Academy in Berlin; and
2. Alex "Skud" Bayley's keynote was "What's Next? From Open Source to Open Everything"
(for which, see her 2011 blog post on moving from open source to "open stuff"
at the GNOME Users And Developers' European Conference (GUADEC) in A Coruña.
During her trip to GUADEC, Skud also launched a new open source project for home
and community gardeners
gathering information about planting times, seed sources and other resources.
Francesca Coppa was a radio guest on Heresay Culture on Stanford University's KZSU-FM.
She was also interviewed for Thanks to fan fiction, we get Harriet Potter and erotic
in the Kansas Star Ledger and Original Fiction In All The 'Shades' Of Fandom
on NPR's Morning Edition.
At Wikimania, Sue Gardner gave her customary overview of the Wikimedia Foundation's
activities: "Wikimedia Foundation: The Year In Review and The Year Ahead", her
are available from Wikimedia Commons. Sarah Stierch also made several appearances
at Wikimania, including her 10 Women in 10 minutes
hack-a-thon and the Wikimedia Community Fellows panel
Sarah Stierch was successfully nominated to become an administrator of English Wikipedia
with over 200 Wikipedians supporting her nomination.
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