About the Diversity Charter

We care about diversity at conferences and events because we want them to be better for everyone.

Sign the diversity charter to show that you care too.

All too often we see conference and event lineups full of the same or similar people, we don’t want that anymore. We want diversity.

Diversity refers to a wide range of visible and non-visible characteristics; it’s about valuing variety, welcoming a range of backgrounds and opinions and embracing the benefits that differences bring. We believe that a diverse set of people on stage and in audiences will improve events and will ultimately change the industries they represent for the better.

We know that it takes more effort to increase diversity at events and we will show our commitment to making that happen by signing this charter.


This charter is for event organisers, speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues. By signing this charter, you are committing to highlighting where there is a lack of diversity at events and doing what you can to make things better.

Event organisers

You can make better events for your participants by working harder to create a more inclusive environment. By signing this charter, you are committing to seeking ways to create better events by increasing the diversity of the people on stage as well as in the audience. You can use these ideas to help you. Once you sign the charter, you’ll get a logo to add your website to show your commitment to diversity.

Event speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues

Influence diversity at conferences by being mindful of who is speaking and what the conference is doing to promote diversity. By signing this charter, you are committing to encouraging event organisers to consider making events diverse, highlighting when they aren’t and helping where you can. (We encourage giving people the benefit of the doubt and working with them rather than calling them out publically)

Speakers

Choose not to speak at events that will not commit to creating diverse events.

Individuals

Choose not to attend and/or fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events.

Employers

Choose to not send employees to as audience members, speakers or panel members to events that will not commit to creating diverse events.

Sponsors

Choose not to fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events. You make sure you have a diverse range of people representing your organisation at events you sponsor.

Venues

Work with event organisers to ensure you are meeting diverse needs. Choose to not host events that will not commit to creating diverse events.

 

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The most recent signatories

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Jodie Houghton

From:

Big Brand Ideas

Sabine Douglas

From:

Beatroot Music

Cam Spilman

From:

Paper

We've examined our hiring process to try to remove unconscious bias and address our lack of diversity. We've also asked for advice from our business community as to what we can do to continually improve.

Mark Goddard

From:

legup.social

We're still a brand new event. We've run 4 so far and are on to our 5th. Our first event was an experiment and we had 5 male mentors and 5 female mentees. We immediately knew this was not good and pushed to increase the diversity quickly. We have now redressed the balance https://twitter.com/0100/status/887582007504642048 . We also encourage diversity in the mentees that attend our event, but don't publish who attends.

Claire Isherwood

From:

On the Beach

spencer depas

I would like to see more diversity in tech. I am considering starting a meet up that facilitates the teaching Android development. It would be geared towards women and minorities.

James Boardwell and Tom Walker

From:

User Research North

Together we bring values from both BBC and Co-op such as equality, fairness and respect. We want to highlight the diverse, beautiful and unique facets of our community by providing a place where people are free from judgement, ideas can be challenged and differences in opinion are welcomed. We will do all we can to make sure our line up of speakers is diverse and from multiple disciplines from across the research spectrum.

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