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Friday, 13 January 2012 11:18

AdaCamp set to kick off in Melbourne

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Tomorrow's first AdaCamp is a ground-breaking event engineered by the two founders of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit group that aims to increase the participation of women in free and open source software and culture.


Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora are hosting the event which will accommodate about 40 participants at the CERES Community Environment Park in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. Aurora said the event had reached its capacity.

The format is not highly structured; after introductions, the attendees will split off into participant-led groups to discuss subjects of interest.

Sessions can include presentations tutorials, hacking sessions or any other format.

At the end of the day, the participants will meet again to discuss what they have learned and to plan future steps.

Both Aurora and Gardiner have spent the first year since the initiative was set up in getting formalities out of the way. The organisation is now registered as a non-profit.

Both are trying to tackle a problem which is enormous; the number of women involved in FOSS projects is very low; figures are not widely available but those available for Europe show a participation of less than two percent.

The Ada Initiative is dependent on donations and while money is coming in, it would be good to see some of big FOSS companies dip their hands in their pockets a little deeper.

The AdaCamp begins at 9.30am and will end at 5pm. It is supported by Google, Wikimedia Australia, Linux Australia and Atlassian.

 


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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