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Public applications to AdaCamp closed on May 8, and the waiting list closed May 23. Because we have provided final numbers to our venue, we are unable to accept additional applications.

About AdaCamp

AdaCamp is an Ada Initiative event focused on increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture. It will be a 200 person unconference in San Francisco on June 8–9, 2013. For more information, see About AdaCamp.

AdaCamp SF has two tracks. The main track is for significantly female-identified people, with a simultaneous workshop for allies. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

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. AdaCamp has a registration fee, but it is need-based and self-selected, with a completely free option. You do not need to go through any process to choose the free registration fee.

What to expect at AdaCamp

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, a Python tutorial, 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 lots 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).

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

AdaCamp is open to people of all genders. This year the main track is for people who are significantly female-identified, while an Allies Workshop is available for people of all genders.

More information about how we select attendees is available.

How to apply

Public applications to AdaCamp closed on May 8, and the waiting list closed May 23. Because we have provided final numbers to our venue, we are unable to accept additional applications.

Deadlines and notifications

  • Deadline for applications requesting travel assistance: April 12, 2013 Applications for travel assistance are now closed.
  • Notification of acceptance for applications requesting travel assistance approximately every 2 weeks
  • Final notification of acceptance for applications requesting travel assistance: May 3, 2013 Notifications complete.
  • Deadline for applications requesting childcare: May 2, 2013 Requests for childcare are now closed.
  • Deadline for all other applications: May 8, 2013 Public applications are now closed.
  • Notification of acceptance for all other applications: May 14, 2013 All notifications have been sent.
  • Registration deadline: May 23, 2013, 4pm Pacific time

If you applied to AdaCamp you should have received a decision. Please email if you have not heard from us.

Spread the word!

If you know someone that would be a great addition to AdaCamp SF, 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