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AdaCamp logo
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AdaCamp DC attendees
Status inactive
Genre Open source technology and culture
Frequency Semi-annual
Attendance 100+[1]
Organized by Ada Initiative

AdaCamp was a series of unconferences organized by the Ada Initiative. AdaCamp was the only conference that focused on women's participation in open technology and culture, including the development of free and open source software and contributions to projects like Wikipedia.[2][3] AdaCamps were among the projects and resources the Ada Initiative provided to make workplaces more friendly for women.[4]

AdaCamps were held in Melbourne (January 2012),[4] Washington, D.C. (July 2012),[3] and San Francisco (June 2013).[5] One hundred women from 10 countries participated at the July 2012 event, and it was larger than the initial Melbourne AdaCamp.[1][6]

Co-founder Valerie Aurora said that the reasons for AdaCamp included "to make progress quickly on difficult problems, to share knowledge, and to network with each other."[7] As an unconference, attendees lead sessions on subjects that they chose.[8] Along with women interested in open source software, attendees could include women interested in open access, open education,[9] hackerspaces, digital liberties activism, wiki culture, and other topics.[10]

In June 2015, Ada Initiative organizers announced the end of AdaCamp and an upcoming open source "AdaCamp Toolkit", a series of planning documents meant to outline how to run an event like AdaCamp.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Chestek, Pam (July 27, 2012). "AdaCamp DC: A learning environment for women in open source". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Earls, Alan (December 3, 2012). "Two champions for women in technology". SC Magazine. Haymarket Media Group. p. 1. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "AdaCamp Washington DC". The Ada Initiative. 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Pearce, Rohan (November 4, 2011). "Melbourne AdaCamp to address open technology's gender issues". Techworld Australia. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "AdaCamp San Francisco". The Ada Initiative. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Earls, Alan (December 3, 2012). "Two champions for women in technology". SC Magazine. Haymarket Media Group. p. 2. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Varghese, Sam (December 9, 2011). "Ada Initiative to hold first camp in Melbourne". ITWire. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Varghese, Sam (January 13, 2012). "AdaCamp set to kick off in Melbourne". ITWire. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ Pearce, Rohan (January 13, 2012). "AdaCamp aims to boost women's participation in open tech". TechWorld Australia. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brockmeier, Joe 'Zonker' (December 6, 2011). "The Ada Initiative: Looking Back and Looking Forward". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Announcing the end of the AdaCamp program". Retrieved 2015-07-01. 

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