About the Diversity Charter

We care about diversity of 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 everyone.

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.


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


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


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


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.


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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James Christie



We run an annual conference for digital designers that care about climate change and inclusion. Having a diverse line-up is crucial to us. We actively recruit for diversity.

Daniel Appelquist


Samsung Internet Developer Relations

We intend to support the charter both as an organization that sends people to speak at and participate in events and also as an event sponsor.

Craig Smith


YOW! Conference

Rick Stock


RS Digital Ltd

Josef Davies-Coates


The Open Co-op

We'll seek to have a diverse range of both speakers, workshop leaders and participants at https://2017.open.coop/ and will endeavour to have 50/50 split of men/women on any panels. We're also looking into childcare/ creche options, are using an accessible venue, and 50% of tickets will be free or very affordable.

Dan North


Dan North & Associates Ltd

Coach and encourage people from underrepresented groups to speak at conferences. Make conference organisers aware when their speaker profile is looking homogeneous. Co-present with different people. As a track host actively promote diversity of speakers.

Louise sinclair



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