Ada Lovelace

We asked for support to bring the Ada Initiative to Skepticon 7, and our donors dropped everything and funded the $5,000.00 they needed in ONE DAY!!!!!!!!!! That means that the executive director, Valerie Aurora, will teach an Ally Skills Workshop at Skepticon 7!!!!! If you’re happy and you know it, tweet a bunch! (with the #skeptics4ada hashtag)

If you’ve been off the grid and have no idea what we’re talking about, the Ada Initiative describes their Ally Skills Workshop thusly:

“The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplaces and communities. Participants learn techniques that work at the office, at conferences, and online. The skills we teach are relevant everywhere, including skills particularly relevant to open technology and culture communities. At the end of the workshop, participants will feel more confident in speaking up to support women, be more aware of the challenges facing women in their workplaces and communities, and have closer relationships with the other participants.”

They normally charge the average bear a fee to put on this workshop, so we’re getting a stupendous deal because a few awesome donors chose to help out the Ada Initiative and Skpticon 7!!!!¬† DO NOT miss out!!!! For more information, check out the below links, and if you’d like to continue helping Skepticon 7 be the most bad-ass conference that ever happened, you can help finish funding the rest of the conference here! (we still have a ways to go before November)

Help the Ada Initiative Come to Skepticon (Lauren’s blog post from October 1)

Ada Initiative’s Ally Workshop (Ada Initiative’s Blog post from October 1)

(P.S. The Ada Initiative is named for Countess Ada Lovelace, widely acknowledged as the world’s first computer programmer. Since she published the source code of her program, the world’s first programmer was also a woman open source programmer. SO COOL!!!! #themoreyouknow)

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