After hearing such good things about it from my fossfolk friends over the years I'm delighted to be going to OSCON for the first time this year. Not only attending, but delivering a 3.5 hr tutorial on Inkscape. It's scheduled for 9am Monday 25 July.
The government has been engaged in the development of a new nation wide curriculum for some time now. The curriculum authority ACARA is currently calling for feedback and survey responses on the General Capabilities.
You need to register to view the General Capabilities and to respond to the consultation online.
The first Ada Initiative fundraising campaign is underway. For the month of June, Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora are focusing their efforts on seeding their operational fund by inviting 100 people to sign up as foundational donors - the seed 100.
By contributing $512, the donor will be listed as a difference engineer, or by donating $1024 the donor will be listed as an analytical engineer. The FAQ explains:
Q. Why “Difference Engineer” and “Analytical Engineer?”
The Difference Engine was essentially a very large mechanical calculator – capable of generating tables of numbers but not programmable and not a general-purpose computer.
The Analytical Engine was the world’s first design for a general-purpose, Turing-complete computer. Countess Ada Lovelace, the Ada Initiative’s namesake, wrote the world’s first computer program for the (as yet unbuilt) Analytical Engine in 1843.
“Difference Engineer” and “Analytical Engineer” are imaginary titles for the people who would have programmed and run Babbage’s engines if they had been built in his time.
Women are under represented, and under acknowledged in Open Source. The Ada Initiative is working to take practical action to change this.
Please help spread the word and if you can, please donate.
There's a complex set of skills involved in effective web development - and the 'industry' is filled with experts and skilled practitioners. Here's a thumbnail sketch of the range of skills needed to work the web.
Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora have launched The Ada Initiative.
They really want to tackle the under representation of women in open technology and culture and the want to do it full time.
I was honoured they asked me to join the advisory board, and utterly humbled when I saw the list of other women on the board. It's an extraordinary crew of talented, accomplished women. Do I really belong there? Or is that just my imposter syndrome at work?