The second AdaCamp wrapped up in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 11th. The first AdaCamp was held in Melbourne, Australia in January 2012. AdaCamp is an Ada Initiative unconference focused on increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture. The invitation-only event gathered professionals, fans, hobbyists, academics, and activists to build community, discuss issues impacting women across open technology, and strategize ways to inspire positive change and build community resources. Attendees came from government, non-profits, corporations, volunteer communities, small businesses, and educational institutions. The event was orchestrated by Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner from the Ada Initiative.
There were over 40 sessions during the 2 day unconference. The sessions were brainstormed and scheduled at the beginning of each day. Each session included a volunteer gatekeeper, time keeper, and note taker. Each day concluded with an hour-long feedback session in which attendees had the opportunity to offer praise and constructive criticism about the event. These got very touchy-feely despite the waning energy level of the attendees (in a good way). Notes for all the sessions were documented on a sharedPiratePad accessible to all attendees (there are plans to move these notes to a Wikipedia page).
Session topics included:
- Women editing Wikipedia
- Burnout and Lifehacking
- Feminism, LGBTQ and Social Change
- Hardware Hacking and Soft Circuits
- Fanworks and Open Things
- Job Seeking
- Open Education and Curriculum
- Feminist Hackathons
- Python Workshops
Day 1 concluded with a series of 90 second lightning talks, in which presenters rapidly discussed browser security vulnerabilities, learning musical instruments with the aid of web resources, gender and legos, the value of gratitude, cool facts about Washington, DC, and natural uranium fission reactors.
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