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AdaCamp aims to boost women's participation in open tech

Ada Initiative's first AdaCamp set for Melbourne this weekend

Forty three people have registered to attend the inaugural AdaCamp in Melbourne on 14 January, according to the event's organisers.

The event, aimed at discussing ways of boosting women's participation in open source, open culture and open technology in general, is organised by the non-profit Ada Initiative.

"With a one day event like this you plan for a few drops outs; we think there will be 35 to 40 people there, which is about the maximum the venue can hold," AdaCamp organiser Mary Gardiner told Techworld Australia.

"It's pretty exciting. We've got so we've got maybe 10 women who are primarily from open source backgrounds, but also research librarians coming who are keen to talk about open access and open education."

Valerie Aurora, who is the executive director of the Ada Initiative and, along with Gardiner, co-founded the organisation, said that there had been expressions of interest in the AdaCamp from overseas. "We had to turn down a bunch of people who were applying from the US and the UK," Aurora said.

The second AdaCamp is likely to be staged on the east coast of the US, Gardiner said, and be held around about the time of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikimania conference, which will be in Washington DC in mid-July. "We won't settle on final dates and final venue until the books are closed on the current AdaCamp," Gardiner said.

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