AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia-related projects, open data, open geo, library technology, fan fiction, remix culture, and more. The AdaCamp main track brings women together over two days to build community, share skills, discuss problems with open tech/culture communities that affect women, and find ways to address them. The AdaCamp Ally Skills track is a 3-hour workshop based on the Ada Initiative Allies Workshop that teaches simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplaces and communities. The workshop is a significant, concrete step towards cultivating supportive, aware colleagues.
The main track of AdaCamp Portland will be in downtown Portland, Oregon at the Puppet Labs office. The shorter Ally Skills track will occur at the office of New Relic, also in downtown Portland.The main track will be an unconference on Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22, 2014, just before Open Source Bridge 2014. The shorter Ally Skills track for people who want to learn how to support women in open tech/culture will be on Monday June 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. See the AdaCamp San Francisco web site to get a feel for what AdaCamp Portland will be like.
AdaCamp is the world’s only event focusing on women in open technology and culture, and is a project of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. Both are named after Countess Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Attendance at AdaCamp is by invitation, with applications open to the public. Attendees will be selected based on experience in open tech/culture, experience or knowledge of feminism and advocacy, ability to collaborate with others, and any rare or notable experience or background that would add to AdaCamp.
Why is AdaCamp so important to women in open technology and culture? Because AdaCamp measurably increases women’s participation in open technology and culture – in an environment that more often pushes women towards the door.
Most women who attend AdaCamp find renewed enthusiasm and commitment to their careers and community work after AdaCamp. In our post-conference survey from AdaCamp San Francisco, a large majority (92%) of respondents 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.
AdaCampers learn new skills at AdaCamp as well. Past AdaCamps included tutorials in Wikipedia editing, Python, and other open tech/culture topics, as well as an afternoon for hands-on projects like circuit hacking and web development.
AdaCamp energizes and inspires women to continue, start, and deepen their involvement in open tech/culture – and we have the numbers and results to improve it.