The Ada Initiative is ending, but our work continues on

A little over four years ago, my good friend Mary Gardiner and I co-founded the Ada Initiative to support women in open technology and culture. Today, thousands of conferences have anti-harassment policies, dozens of communities have codes of conduct, over 2000 people have taken the Ally Skills Workshop (and 40 people know how to teachContinue reading “The Ada Initiative is ending, but our work continues on”

Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums

Hi, my name is Valerie Aurora, and I am the inventor of a software feature that has prevented billions of unnecessary writes to hard drives, saving energy and making our computers faster. My invention is called “relative atime,” and this is the story of how my feminist approach to computing helped me invent it –Continue reading “Operating systems war story: How feminism helped me solve one of file systems’ oldest conundrums”

Ada Initiative seed funding round successful

The Ada Initiative’s seed funding round closed successfully – a week early! Thank you to all of our donors. I won’t go into detail here, except to say that it was utterly exhausting (especially with attending two conferences during the round) and I’m looking forward to spending more time on designing and implementing our programs.Continue reading “Ada Initiative seed funding round successful”