Last weekend October 11-12, AdaCamp conference took place in Berlin, Germany at the Wikipedia Deutschland offices. AdaCamp is a conference dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture: open source software, Wikipedia and other wiki-related projects, open knowledge and education, open government and open data, open hardware and appropriate technology, library technology, creative fan culture, remix culture,translation/localization/internationalization, and more.
AdaCamp runs different concurrently sessions/discussions in which attendees decide on the session to attend. The greatest thing about this conference is the fellow adacampers(the attendees),You get to meet women who are doing great work, are passionate about what they do and from different countries, not to add you get to make life time friends.
Some of the discussions we had included:
- Non Coders and how to participate in open source.
- Mozilla and Web Maker tools
- Civic engagement and activism
- How to create safer space/ communities
- Introduction to Hardware
- Feminism/ Talking to other women about feminism
- Introduction to GPG and other privacy tools
- Privacy and security-Debunking the nothing to hide myth
- Sexism and diversity in open source
- Fan culture as a gateway to open culture
- Job satisfaction and negotiating pay
- Bridging a gender gap to Wikipedia Contributors/Editing Wikipedia
Apart from attending the AdaCamp, I spared some time to visit some of Berlin’s attractions. Some of the places I visited included:
- Berlin Television Tower (Alexanderplatz)
- Pariser Platz
- Potsdamer Platz
- Holocaust memorial
- Berlin Wall graffiti art
I had a great time, learnt a lot from the conference and made friends. All women in open source Technology should strive to attend AdaCamp Conference.