This is a picture of my smiling face last year at AdaCamp in Washington, DC (standing next to the ever-brilliant Marina Z. from Red Hat and the GNOME Outreach Program for Women!).
AdaCamp was an inspiring, educational, and uplifting event for women in free software, free culture, and free stuff and it was one of the first time I realized and truly felt like I was part of the FLOSS community. I made connections, I gained skills, I spoke about what I know and what I've done and people listened to me and I in turn listened to them. We laughed, we gasped, we cheered and sometimes jeered. I met truly incredible women from around the country and around the world and we all left there even more committed to lifting women up in our respective areas and throughout the world of open stuff -- with our words, voices, actions, and (when possible) our funds!
Ada Initative not only produces Ada Camp. Here is a list of other cool things they do/have done:
- Created and continue to champion a template conference anti-harassment policy
- Conduct regular ally trainings to teach men in our communities to better support our work and our spaces and they also work to train the impostor syndrome out of brilliant women and girls
- Provide a mailing list and other spaces for AdaCamp alumni to come together, ask questions, spread news, share resources, and put up job postings
I am an Ada Initiative donor. I set up a recurring Paypal donation that just takes the cash from my account every month. No muss, no fuss. Or you could do what my good pals Sumana and Leonard did and give a huge lump sum by setting up a matching challenge. Or you could leave a bequest. Or you could just toss them a coupla bucks. Whatever you do, do it now! Put your money where your mouth is by clicking that big red button and supporting The Ada Initiative!