Last year, we were incredibly happy with the response to our first mini-conference, held during Ada Lovelace Week - so much so that we're making it a full day this time, and hosting it on a Saturday to give more people the chance to attend. This year's conference will be held at Imperial College in South Kensington, London on October 7th, 2017.
This post serves as an official announcement and Call For Proposals, as well as a central place to hold important relevant information and links.
Ada's List Conf is held once a year in October, to celebrate not only our birthday but the contribution of Ada Lovelace to the internet and science. It is an opportunity for our members to meet and be inspired face-to-face and to speak about topics related to the internet, diversity and inclusion that they have a point of view on (one of the actions in our Agenda is that change starts with the individual, with an action as small (or big, depending on how comfortable you are with public speaking) as getting up to speak). But it's also an event open to the public - anyone with an interest in these subjects is welcome to attend, whether you're a member or not. We especially believe in including men in the conversation about women, ethnic minorities, LGBT and non-binary people in technology. We would also like to emphasize that in keeping with our Agenda, Ada's List is for women *and* non-binary people - and we strive to make the environment welcoming to all (if you are a woman or non-binary person in tech, you can join our email-based community here).
This year, we can accommodate 150 attendees at Ada's List Conf. Early-bird tickets are on sale now, and can be bought here.
A full agenda and list of speakers will be announced closer to the time.
Our Call for Proposals is now open, and will close on August 29th. Members are welcome to submit proposals for talks or workshops; all we need at this stage is a title and a short 5 to 10 line summary of what it will be about. Session length will be 20-25 minutes, inclusive of time for Q&A's.
Topics can be anything to do broadly with technology, diversity and inclusion. We are intentionally keeping it broad - feel free to submit anything you feel fits within this remit. The audience will reflect the diversity of Ada's List itself: they will include designers, developers, academics, content writers, strategists, marketers, journalists, recruiters, entrepreneurs, students, and even a few chief executives - so your talk can reflect that diversity. Here's a summary of our 2016 conference, which will give you an idea of what we are looking for. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will give every proposal due consideration, and will get back to those selected by mid-September. If you have taken the time to submit a proposal and it is not selected, we will offer you 50% off tickets to the conference.
Our event would not be possible without sponsors. Ada's List is a community of more than 4000 women and non-binary people, working to make the technology industry a better place, talented at what they do. If you'd like to sponsor our conference in London, please get in touch at email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you on October 7th!