What is Ada?

Ada Developers Academy (Ada) is an intensive software developer training school for women and gender diverse people. Ada's unique year-long program begins with seven months of classroom instruction in cutting-edge web technologies in which students learn the most up-to-date development skills from leading regional and national experts.

After successful completion of the in-class work, students are placed in an internship with a Puget Sound tech company, where they learn what it's like to be part of a real engineering team shipping production code.

Ada Developers Academy teaches full-stack web development. Students learn Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS.

Students learn how to work on agile development teams, using pair programming, scrum, and test-driven development.

Ada Developers Academy is a non-profit program. We're part of a 501c3 organization and most donations are tax-deductible.

Why Ada?

Washington State has a major high-skilled labor shortage (25,000 unfilled high-skilled jobs and rising).

One of the most challenging roles to recruit within this labor pool is software developers, and over 85% of programmers are male. The lack of talent, combined with the gender gap, is problematic for Washington’s economy.

To fill the unmet need and to help rectify the gender imbalance in software development, Washington needs a software development academy that prepares underrepresented people for productive roles in technical positions. Ada Developers Academy is the solution.

Who is Ada, anyway?

Ada Lovelace was the first programmer. She worked with Charles Babbage on the construction and programming of the Analytical Engine. Although not implemented in her lifetime, her program to calculate a series of Bernoulli numbers was found to be functional and bug-free.


Ada Developers Academy is designed to be an inclusive, positive learning environment. Everyone is welcome, regardless of sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, education, age, race, or religion. All women (cis and trans) and gender diverse people who feel a part of women's community are encouraged to apply.


This project was supported by Grant No. 53-50 M09018N awarded by National Telecommunication and Information Agency. Points of view on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the National Telecommunications and Information Agency. Grant funds are administered by the Broadband Office, Washington State Department of Commerce.

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Drawing of Ada Lovelace.

Women and gender diverse people are underserved by traditional technology education in high school and college. Ada is a way for them to break into software development, raise their salaries, and contribute in meaningful ways to the future of tech.

Elise Worthy, Ada Co-Founder

Ada has launched me into one of the most lucrative careers in the world in just a year.

Sue White, Ada alumna