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.
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)
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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Open Source Diversity
I try to push representation and inclusion in the communities and conferences I’m involved in. I’m taking part in initiatives pushing diversity & inclusion, especially in the field of free & open source software. Whenever invited for an event or talk, I’m recommending relevant people from underrepresented groups to also be invited.
Ellen Ward and Máirín Murray
Tech for Good Dublin
Tech for Good Dublin is a group who believe in the power of technology to positively impact people, communities and the planet. We aim to be as inclusive as possible because diversity will make our group stronger and allow us to do more, hear more voices, learn more and reach more people. The Diversity Charter is a great resource and we are happy to sign it. Find out more about us on MeetUp or at http://techforgooddublin.org/
The people we serve are global and diverse. We serve them better when we and our events are like them.
Enter Inventive Studio
We work on creating inclusive, diverse and friendly events, from workshops, meetups and larger events like conferences. When we collaborate with other organisations, events and conferences, we ensure that they are also committed in making sure it's diversity-friendly.