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Ada goes to Italy - ice cream included!


Join the first reading of the book 'Ada & Zangemann' in Italian! Celebrate with us the Software Freedom Day 16 September listening to the story of Ada while eating homemade ice cream.

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Together with the Bergamo Linux User Group, the FSFE is celebrating the Software Freedom Day with the Italian Free Software community. On September 16th, we will be celebrating this occasion with the first Italian reading of the book ‘Ada & Zangemann – A tale of software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream’, a reading for people from 6 to 106 years old. Moreover, there will be a workshop afterwards for the little ones and free home-made ice cream, courtesy of a FSFE volunteer.

Event date

Date: 16.09.2023

Time: 14:45 - 18:00

Location: Biblioteca Centro Cultura Tullio Carrara, Piazza Italia, 24027 Nembro, Italy


14:45 – 16:15 - Reading of the book

From 16:15 onwards - Workshop for kids

Ada & Zangeman – A tale of software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream

The illustrated book 'Ada & Zangemann - a tale of software, skateboards, and raspberry ice cream', written by Matthias Kirschner and illustrated by Sandra Brandstätter, tells the story of the famous inventor Zangemann and the girl Ada, a curious tinkerer. Ada begins to experiment with hardware and software, and in the process realises how crucial it is for her and others to control technology.

"Ada & Zangemann proves that the argument for software and hardware freedom is simple: We should be able to do what we want with our stuff... Electronics freedom means more learning and less waste, as Ada shows. Kids and adults alike will be entertained by this book, charmed by its illustrations, and inspired by Ada’s engineering spirit and impassioned activism."

- Elizabeth Chamberlain, Director of Sustainability, iFixit

"Ada & Zangemann is not only a utopian and charming story about Free Software and computers, but it is one about self-empowerment and also about joy in technology... it may well be an eye-opener for adults, too."

- Dr. Constanze Kurz, Spokesperson, Chaos Computer Club (CCC)

The book is currently available by the following publishers:

The book is published under a Creative Commons By Share Alike licence, and we are working on making the story of Ada available in other languages. As this process takes time and a lot of work, it would be great if you could fill in this short survey to check which languages you are interested in, so that we can better prioritise.

The book is also a great gift for our loved ones, as well as a donation to libraries and schools to arouse more people's interest in tinkering with hardware and software, and encourage them to shape their own technology!