Mary Gardiner

I currently work for the Ada Initiative, which I co-founded in 2011.

Professional biography

Adapted from the Ada Initiative website

Mary Gardiner is the co-founder of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to promoting women in open tech/culture. With co-founder Valerie Aurora, she created and implemented projects like the Ada Initiative conference anti-harassment policy, now adopted by hundreds of open tech/culture events. Mary was recognized as one of Femme-o-nomics Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech in 2011 and SC Magazine’s 6 Influential Information Security Thinkers in 2012. Mary created and organized the world’s first conference for women in open tech/culture, AdaCamp.

Mary is formerly a software developer and computational linguistics research student. She was the keynote speaker at Wikimania 2012, the world-wide conference for Wikipedia, the world’s 5th most popular web site. Her work has been discussed in Slate, the Huffington Post, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is a major contributor to the influential Geek Feminism blog and wiki. After more than 10 years of service to the open source community in Australia and worldwide, her contributions were recognized with the prestigious Linux Australia Rusty Wrench award in 2012.

Mary holds a BSc with honours in computer science and a major in mathematics; a BA with majors in linguistics and philosophy; and a PhD in computer science. She is based in Sydney, Australia.


I am available as a speaker, panellist and trainer in the area of women in open technology and culture, particularly in Sydney, see my speaking page and the Ada Initiative’s presentation information for more details.

I have programming experience both as a professional developer and an open source software volunteer. I actively maintain my programming skills but am not currently seeking employment in development (or, in fact, seeking employment at all).


I can be contacted through the Ada Initiative.