Ada Developers Academy: Changing The Face Of Tech

Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Ada Developers Academy

Ada Developers Academy supports women and gender expansive adults, particularly from underserved and disinvested communities, in technology through an immersive training and internship program.

Last Updated: August 2023
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Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Current Work Location(s):
  • Georgia, United States of America
  • Washington, United States of America
  • District of Columbia, United States of America
  • New York, United States of America
  • Texas, United States of America
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Native Hawaiians
  • People of Southeast Asian descent
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People of South Asian descent
  • Women
  • Young women
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality

Executive Summary

Women represent only 26% of the computing workforce and 11% of senior leadership roles in tech. Only 3% of computing professionals are Black and there are zero Black or Latinx women CEOs of Fortune 500 tech companies. Women's quit rate (41%) in tech is over twice that of men (17%) and 31% of women feel stuck/unsupported in their careers. Ada advocates for and supports shifting the culture of tech to be more inclusive of women, gender expansive, BIPOC, and other underserved and disinvested communities, narrowing the gap in one of our most economically prosperous and culturally influential sectors. Through this project we are scaling our in-person and digital learning models nationally. Our goal is to create a self-perpetuating flywheel that brings women and gender expansive people into tech, retains and grows them into leadership roles, and enables them to hire and develop exponentially more women and gender expansive people.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Ada Developers Academy

Organization Headquarters
Washington, United States of America
Organization ID
Number of Full-time Employees
51 to 100
Annual Operating Budget
$10.1 to 25 Million

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Ada is in a period of transformational growth as we expand our programming across the US. In the past year we have doubled our student body, tripled our staff, and launched the first new campus of our national expansion in Atlanta! Student outcomes remain strong - 98% of Ada students graduated this past year and 94% were hired into full-time software developer jobs within 6 months, nearly tripling their salary on average compared to their previous jobs. In Fall 2022, we onboarded 168 new students - our largest cohort to date.

Next year, we will launch programming in Washington, D.C. and continue increasing the number of students served at our existing Seattle, Digital and Atlanta campuses.

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