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About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is an Ada Initiative event focused on increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture. It will be a 150–200 person unconference in Washington, D.C. on July 10–11, 2012. For more information, see About AdaCamp.

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. A limited number of travel assistance grants were available to applicants in early May. Applications for travel assistance are now closed.

What to expect at AdaCamp

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AdaCamp DC attendee Chit Thiri Maung, leader of the Mozilla Myanmar community.

Interesting topics: AdaCamp is an unconference, where attendees decide what sessions to hold on the day of the conference. This means sessions are about what you, the attendees, care about and are interested in. You don’t even have to know anything about the topic of the session to start it, since people who do know will join in. The last AdaCamp included sessions on overcoming Impostor Syndrome, child-friendly hackerspaces and geek events, redesigning hiring practices to value more diverse skills, and how to help the open libraries movement.

Diversity and respect: AdaCamp attendees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have lived all around the world. Many attendees have broad interests, ranging across the arts, science, government, crafts, humanities, and more. We work at all levels and positions in open tech/culture: community volunteers, lead architects, writers of a dozen kinds (documentation, fan fiction, wiki editors, etc.), artists, conference organizers, programmers, activists, system administrators, teachers… Whatever you do, we respect and value it.

A warm welcome: At AdaCamp, you will meet dozens of people who share your interests and want to talk with you. We’re friendly and eager to welcome new people. If you’re shy, don’t worry – people will introduce themselves to you and invite you to do things with them (and if you get overwhelmed, we’ll have a quiet space for you to retreat to).

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AdaCamp attendee Jessica McKellar, Boston Python Workshop lead (© Boston Python Workshop, used with permission)

Constructive conversation: Best of all, you can expect everyone at AdaCamp to know the basics about women in open tech/culture: What challenges and barriers women face, why we should care about increasing the participation and status of women in these areas, and what we can do about it. You can skip the part of the conversation where you argue about whether there is a problem and if we should fix it, and get straight to designing solutions.

Who should apply

We’re looking for attendees who:

  • Participate in open technology and culture: any field involving open/grassroots/community participation and sharing the results of your work for free: open data, open source software, wikis, open government, open libraries, remix/fan culture, open video, and more
  • Can share information about women’s experiences in that field, including talking about women’s achievements and the challenges they face
  • Want to work together and share strategies to support and promote women in the field
  • Share the Ada Initiative’s feminist approach to supporting and promoting women in open technology and culture
  • Are young and old; students, professionals and hobbyists; from a diverse range of backgrounds; and reflect the breadth of the open technology and culture field
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AdaCamp DC attendee Netha Hussain, WIkiProject Feminism and Wikipedia Malayalam (photo by Netha Hussain CC BY-SA)

AdaCamp is open to people of all genders. However, since AdaCamp and the Ada Initiative exist to support and promote women in open technology and culture, prospective attendees who are not themselves women will need to demonstrate a high level of prior engagement and experience with the issues faced by women in those fields in order to be invited.

How to apply

Sorry: as of Friday June 22, applications are now closed.

We will notify you of your acceptance status (yes, no, or waiting list) within two weeks. Once accepted, we will tell you how to register for the conference. We are charging a nominal registration fee to improve attendance: $100 regular fee, $25 student or non-profit employee. We will waive the fee entirely upon request if it is a barrier to attending the conference.

Deadlines and notifications

  • Deadline for applications requesting travel assistance: May 11 (now closed)
  • Notification of acceptance for applications requesting travel assistance approximately every 2 weeks
  • Final notification of acceptance for applications requesting travel assistance: May 25
  • Deadline for requesting childcare: June 8 (now closed)
  • Deadline for all other applications: June 22 (now closed)
  • Notification of acceptance for all other applications approximately every 2 weeks
  • Notification of acceptance for all other applications: June 29

Spread the word!

If you know someone that would be a great addition to AdaCamp DC, please encourage them to apply! We are especially looking for people who bring unusual skills or background, and who come from a wide variety of open technology and culture fields. Specific groups we are interested in improving representation of at AdaCamp include:

  • People who work in or with government
  • People of color
  • Artists of all sorts: video, crafts, fan fiction, maker culture, other remix culture
  • People who have lived or worked in countries other than the United States
  • Multilingual people
  • Educators

We have an AdaCamp DC poster available if you would like to display it in your workplace or community venue.