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The Ada Initiative Shuts Down, but Its Programs Will Be Open Source

The company's gone, but their work and expertise are not.


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After four years of working tirelessly to improve diversity in tech, the Ada Initiative is shutting down. As a nonprofit organization, they led unconferences that brought women in tech together to help them find their feminist identities, they led impostor syndrome workshops, and they even had workshops for allies who want to help women in tech. Their programs and camps were one-of-a-kind, and the industry will be sorely missing their presence.

But that’s not to say they’re gone completely. They intend to make all of their programs and experience “open source.” What that means is that they’re going to publish the formats and layouts of their workshops under a creative commons license. Anybody can find the workshop format and lead their own. In that way, the spirit of what the Ada Initiative set out to accomplish can live on.

So, gang. What do you think? Have you had any experiences with the Ada Initiative? Share your stories with us!

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.