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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.
Veterinary Policy Research Foundation
Encourage where possible diverse speaker lists that are compiled in a more systematic way then just who you can remember works in an area. Praise conferences on their diversity in line up and facilities provided to aid diversity.
We advise all our clients to consider the diversity of panels, events and speaker line-ups before committing to attend and contribute to events. We call out non-diverse events and prepare and promote our diverse client group as speakers and participants. We are committed to employing a diverse workforce and screen our ads and processes for unintended bias.
Ivan Gonzalez Saiz
Elixir |> Asturias
Putting diversity at the core of CogX
voxgig is committed to making the events industry more inclusive and diverse. To achieve it, we promote diversity, professionalism and inclusion in public speaking and events by curating a newsletter, writing blog post, and organising meetups and conferences such as World Speech Day Ireland.
We also offer workshops aimed to encourage more voices to gain confidence and speak in public. We believe when a person gains the courage and confidence to express their point of view, on and off stage, things start to change. More and more people will stand up for themselves and for others; less injustices will be tolerated. Our voice is a powerful tool for change. Let's make it heard.
The GroundSwell Project
We're curating an international conference in 2019 and are committed to gender and cultural diversity in our speakers and audience
Sharing this information with event organisers and speakers
We run events and always stress the fact that we need more women, people of colour and other minorities to attend our events. We ask people who attend to reach out to people amongst the minorities that they know and send them a warm invite to come along to our events.
Ocean Media Group
Marco van Kimmenade
Point out the inclusion of underrepresented groups in events where they are overlooked .
Nhlanhla Lucky Nkosi
Programming is for everyone! I promise to do my part (as a speaker and organiser) to ensure that everyone feels welcome. <3
Agile Testing Fellowship
I pair with newbie speakers, especially women, to give more people a chance to build confidence and reputation and get accepted at more conferences. I send lists of awesome women presenters to conference organizers. I don't go to non-diverse conferences.
Lime Fish Limited
Head of Product in government
Protect Security Management
We will be actively encouraging diversity throughout our workforce; promoting equality and ensuring all members of staff - irrespective of their background, ethnicity, religion and/or culture - are represented fairly. Protect will also be ensuring that we endeavour to recruit from ethnic minority communities and give everyone equal opportunities for progression within our company. We are a company for all, not just a few.
The AI Talks
Have the charter be the foundation of how we organise and run our events in the tech industry.
We are working in a number of area across the country to engage our partners and our work force in recognising, celebrating and promoting difference and diversity through work place charters, wellbeing and open exchanges of beliefs, aspiration and traditions, we call this "makebetterhappen"
I will only speak at/attend events where contribution is from a diverse group
I am Onkwehonwe female working in the tech industry for 25+ years. I will continue doing all I can to respect all of creation - right now alot of people need more folks to acknowledge the bias as a place to start. I will continue acknowledging the biases even while I may not personally experience negative impacts from the bias. I will continue supporting, promoting, creating and cheerleading for diversity in the tech industry.
Program Chair at TechWell conferences
I am committed to, along with my program team, of crafting programs and inviting/selecting speakers that represent as much diversity as possible. But beyond the program part, I want to help mentor & guide folks into becoming better and more comfortable with public speaking. I view this not as a goal, but as a journey that will take energy, effort, and focus. Please hold me to count on my journey and help me as well...
I am working on inclusion programs, including events, at Mozilla. And I volunteer with four organizations who are specifically committed to public good and/or diversity in tech.
As a frequent speaker at events, I have the opportunity to engage with organisers and point out when their line-ups could be better. I also can actively curate my slides and speeches to reduce biases. I am sure I can learn a lot about how to contribute better to diversity
I run a local tester meet up and want to invite more under-represented voices to speak next year.
Were have had a reasonable diversity of speakers in the past 3 years, but I can do more by actively inviting more diverse speakers and being aware of diversity issues.
Anh N. Tran
International Women's Connection
We want to foster and empower women at work and facilitate an interdisciplinary platform to exchange, support and inspire each other.
Everyone from all genders (men are welcome, as well), from straight and LGBTIQ people, from 18 to 64+ ... is welcome to join our event.
We believe that the world looks much better in color!
Because we want…
…to see more diversity in society and in the workplace.
…women to be more visible and represented in leadership positions, executive boards and involved in decision-making processes to bring forward women-related matters.
…to support women to become even stronger and more connected.
…women to support and empower each other.
Alberto Calderón Queimadelos
I need to learn more about diversity and how to improve it, at least around me at work and hobbies.
We organise many events and we aspire to commit ourselves fully to diversity. Of course we can always do better and this charter provides a marker for us - not to mention some useful advice and a network to help us be the best we can be.
AWMUG - the Amateur Wardley Mapping User Group
We care about diversity for our events, to the extent that in addition to following as many of the guidelines and pointers as we can here, we're committing to having at least a third of our attendees at our events coming from diverse backgrounds from now on.
We're an organization which aims for a more rich and diverse tech community, so we sign the charter to show our support for diversity at events.
BearHugs Gifts Ltd
Promote Diverse events / conferences, Encourage diverse panels when there aren't any, Elevate diverse talent to increase visibility so they're more likely to be invited to speak & participate, Carefully curate events I host to have diverse speakers / panels
I have been a part of a community which is multicultural and includes a fair mix of people from different backgrounds. Experiencing a new phase of my life. I have been advocating diversity throughout and now am a part of it, the beneficiary.
Hope it’s on ground as in words.
Lot to do.
Where possible attend events and conferences that have signed the Diversity Charter.
Having originally signed the Charter some time ago, I'm re-signing to reaffirm LAST Conference Melbourne's commitment to enhancing diversity. I also want to register that the other events that Tabar runs (1st Conference and Spark the Change Melbourne) as well as those in the future, also share the values of the Diversity Charter.
Regarding the other editions of LAST Conference in Australia (currently Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra), Tabar supports the local organisers and helps them find ways to enhance diversity and to reflect the communities that they serve.
World IA Day
Colours LGBTQ+ Society
Colours LGBTQ+ Society
We will forever and always pursue a world whereby everyone is commended on merit from equal opportunity rather than who they are or where they come from.
YMCA West Kent
We strive for greater diversity of staff, volunteers and clients. See http://www.WestKentYMCA.org.uk/film
At Skyline Academy, we do support digital diversity and inclusion and aim to minimise digital skills gap.
Big Brand Ideas
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.
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.
On the Beach
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
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.
I Am Tomorrow
We created an interactive festival for women in tech, business and beyond to connect, collaborate and learn better. I Am Tomorrow's mission to discover more female role models across the world and showcase women-led startups.
Liverpool Girl Geeks
As an event organiser, I commit to curating diverse panels and considering equal representation on stage when approaching speakers. As a Director of Liverpool Girl Geeks I am passionate about diversity and will continue to push this agenda forward through our platforms & networks. I also commit to speaking out when I see instances of a lack of diversity within event programmes (in a constructive manner).
The Event Team
UK Health Camp
We are working hard to support a diverse, open, and accessible event at UK Health Camp.
We know we won't bet everything right straight away, but as an event team we are open to and will embrace suggestions and feedback on how we can keep getting better.
[Signature by Matt Stibbs]
Doing reviews of venues I attend for work and social to make the general public aware of accessibility in these venues. Canvass lib dems on accessibility and review government policy to ensure accessibility is included. I have given presentations on why recruiting people with disabilities into the technology industry is beneficial for society and the recruiting organisations. I write blogs on diversity and I am a member of Northern Voices with encourages female speakers to speak in the media and at conferences and I am a member of the DWP Women in Technology group and the DWP Disability Network
Centre for London
These suggestions are standard practice at our organisation. I'm signing as I think they should be standard practice everywhere!
To other events organisers: It's important to acknowledge that it can be difficult to get internal buy-in for this type of commitment, especially in times of crisis. Know that you are right to commit to these practices, and by standing firm you are helping your organisation in the long term by increasing the quality of discussion at your events.
Slater and Gordon
We recognise, support and celebrate the diversity of our colleagues. As an organisation we aim to create an environment where the diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds of our people are valued and utilised. We foster an inclusive and supportive culture where our interactions with each other, and with our clients, are founded on mutual respect.
One of my pilot programmes at Tech North, Northern Voices, trained 28 women working in digital for public speaking and media opportunities, followed by six months helping them secure bookings.
The idea was to help these women use existing platforms to highlight the digital industry as an attractive option for more people, while eradicating ‘all-male panels’ and the business culture that implies they are acceptable.
By bringing together technical and non-technical women of all ages and backgrounds, I wanted to make it clear that you don’t have to be a ‘techie’ to be in tech. So far, the women have almost 200 appearances done or in the pipeline.
We were really pleased to see that diversity was one of the key challenges outlined in the government’s Digital Strategy, and the Minister of State for Digital Matt Hancock was so impressed with Northern Voices he attended one of the training days.
Serving on the leadership team of the Drupal diversity and inclusion working group, trying to address similar issues in the open source Drupal community. http://drupaldiversity.com
Malcolm Smith FRSA
Supporting Diversity and Inclusion for over 50s within Aviva
Agile in Covent Garden
Have a diverse set of speakers, to support new comers on the speaker scene and to actively work with the people to drive ideas and create thought leadership in our events.
I will always have a neutral stand. I believe I should defend the rights of every human being, regardless of gender, race, lifestyle, religion of political views - if they do not offend or attack others. Other from that I believe that being diverse means being all the same. One should not make a fuss about it and just live equally among everyone and everywhere. In order to fulfill my place in this world I have to be in peace with myself and others.
Oscar Menéndez García
Creating events that are diverse in all ways; inviting those who are comfortable or not so comfortable to speak in a comfortable and familiar environment.
Iván González Sáiz
// TODO London
We will try to follow the lead of events like agile on the bench and provider a diverse set of speakers each and every time we host an event. We will reach out to the under-represented parts of our community and try to give them a voice. We will not tolerate prejudice of any kind.
Social Media Launch Pack
Combat structural inaccessibility of events. Improve representation of and hold space for underrepresented groups in speaking slots and audience attendance. Maintain a welcoming atmosphere and enforce codes of conduct.
Provide a safe space for all participants
Welcome first-time speakers
Provide a range of session formats - not just 'expert' talks
Provide a gender-balanced speaker programme.
Encourage and invite speakers from under-represented groups to speak / participate
Diversity shouldn't need to be promoted, but we're just not there yet. Until then, I'll be pushing for it whenever and wherever possible.
- We relentlessly speak about diversity and at every state of the planning of the conference. From the conception of the web design, program committee, program, on social media, to the execution of the conference.
- We failed the years we made it a "side" discussion, we should never forget to always make the subject a main discussion.
- We should never believe "Diversity" is common sense, it isn't and a lot of people fight the idea back. We have to be pedagogic and able to explain why it is important.
Open Minds Counselling Service Ltd.
Strive to ensure we consider accessibility and relevance to all of our events and information
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Creating a welcoming environment for all, in the club that I run.
I am from a BME background and I have had first hand experience of casual racism, flippant prejudice in job interviews when I looked for work last year. The workplace in the UK has changed it is a very hostile environment for BME people. My goal is to encourage us to work for ourselves and to support ourselves so that we do not have to endure the humiliation of traditional job interviews.
I just speak my mind lol. Even when it winds people up. I tend to be sceptical of "diversity" claims but after reading your Diversity Statement it is very apparent that you really mean it.
My personal philosophy is to respect people and not exclude them just because I might extremely disagree with some of their opinions or practices. Though I reserve the right to protect my own right to maintain my philosophy and practice my philosophy which means I might be in conflict with others sometimes who would like to see my rights taken away. (And of course this means I end-up not really agreeing with any significant set of people because, in my view, social bonding is reliant on group consensus and prejudices that would diminish another groups if permitted etc.)
At our recent Service North conference we worked hard to build a diverse panel of speakers, and supported students from Leeds City College by using sponsored places to allow them to attend their first professional conference.
Please see comments in https://www.meetup.com/Study-Of-Enterprise-Agility-Meetup/events/239331051/
In an attempt to answer this question fully, we wrote a Medium post:
LAST Conf BNE
LAST Conference Brisbane
We join with LAST Conference Melbourne in valuing diversity and encourage everyone in our community to submit and participate in our event.
I only participate in conferences and events that support diversity, inclusion and social and economic justice.
John D. Hume
If I ever try to present at a conference again, I'll first be sure the organizers have managed to make it diverse. (If half the speakers look like me, that's probably failure.)
This is a great charter! We can all do more to help improve the population of diverse speakers by mentoring and growing more people to be able to (and willing to) speak at conferences.
I support diversity as a speaker, as well as the founder of DevTernity conference. The beauty of our world lies in the diversity of its people.
Sam Newman & Associates
Helping to improve diversity of events by being involved in program committees.
Also when asked to speak at events vetting their commitment to creating a diverse event by looking at what they say, who has spoken at their events before, and other factors. If I don't think the commitment is there, I decline to speak. If they need help, I give them pointers, but decline to commit unless I see a real commitment to change.
Service Design Fringe Festival
We run an annual festival about service design that involves a varied programme of events over the course of 2 weeks. In our 3rd year last year, we found we had a good representation in the audience of all ethnicities apart from BME. This highlighted our need to focus on BME inclusion - not just within the festival, but within the wider service design industry too.
We don't run all male panels. Our hosts, speakers, volunteers, and team are diverse in terms of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and ability. Events are free to remove barriers to access. We're starting to track diversity data.
We are committed to learning and adapting with the times and as the festival & industry grows. We take a co-design approach in strategising and doing, which means we get diversity of insight in order to form our inclusion action - we're committed to diversity through and through. We're actively seeking cool new ways to try out to be inclusive - we want to make it fun. We go out of our way to be accessible. We're delighted to put our name under this charter.
Heather Taylor Portmann
Agile on the Beach
Agile on the Beach
Hello, We are a conference based in Cornwall UK and we are keen to actively promote greater diversity at our event. We have an open speaker submissions process and actively promote all to submit to speak, we welcome all to join us to attend, speak and engage at Agile on the Beach. Our key aim is to create a conference where all feel safe and welcome to attend and provide a great experience for all. We are keen to proactively create a conference that is welcoming and open to all and are always open to new ideas for how we can improve their engagement and experience. Cornwall has its own recognised minority status so we are keen to promote Cornish individuals, groups and organisations that represent this minority, as well as encourage and invite more diversity in our county through our conference. http://www.agileonthebeach.co.uk
Mackerel Sky Events
Encouraging involvement from all through programming, participation and planning.
Exactly what we need, diversity brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience from people you may not normally work or socialise with.
monica doliveira gama
Department for Education
Commit to ensuring that all events provide a positive and welcoming space, properly support diversity amongst speakers and audience alike, and provide the opportunity and support for people to develop their skills and connect with a wider, diverse community. And embed this in our culture and the way we work.
The University of Sheffield
being the diversity chair of the UK RSE 2017 conference
Digital Health Oxford
Digital Health Oxford will continue to support diversity in our events and activities, and offer a friendly and inclusive environment for all speakers and attendees to facilitate community building and the exchange of ideas.
I'm now looking at events to see they have diverse speakers / sessions.
Agile New England
World IA Day Boston
As a minority in HR in Tech, I am trying to find more ways to bring people together and create more inclusive internal events.
Nathalie Rooseboom de Vries
For the past few years I have been doing all my conference sessions pairing with women who are new to presenting. It gives them confidence and experience, and having presented at a major conference already increases their chances of being accepted on their own to others. It has worked very well, my pairs have gone out and started successful presenting careers!
We are working hard to get more diversity at our conference. We would love new speakers to take part and welcome attendees and speakers regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or colour.
NewCrafts - ncrafts.io
Trying our best to promote diversity of speakers in our event. We'll work harder to create a more inclusive place.
I have requested Codes of Conduct to be added to two events I attend; I've spoken on diversity in panels; I'm a supporter of Katherine Kirk and Sallyann Freudenberg's work on neurodiversity, regularly pointing other people to it (and now you know about it too); and I have given my time to help new speakers polish their presentations. I'll continue to promote diversity as and when opportunities arise.
Continue to encourage and seek out speakers for our conference that are diverse and who may be otherwise underrepresented in our industry.
I will encourage a wider range of people in my org to speak at , facilitate and explore more diverse events & topics.
Test Engineering Alliance Melbourne
What will you do to make things better?
Will? We 'do' it! Both Australian Testing Days 2016 and the upcoming Quality Software Australia 2017 conferences are focused on fairness. TEAM (Test Engineering Alliance Melbourne) takes diversity seriously.
Bernie J Mitchell
OuiShare.net / Engaging People
To continue to practice diversity in podcast guests and event panels / speakers 😉
great and very important initiative - diversity is about more than filling the female / disability quota, it's about leveraging what every single person can bring to the table. to do that successfully, we need to learn how to embrace, enable and manage the resulting conflict!
Encouraging and supporting the under-represented to speak at conferences
Liverpool Girl Geeks
As co-founder of Liverpool Girl Geeks, diversity as at the heart of my hopes and dreams for the future. I'm passionate about embracing difference, embracing variety, embracing new perspectives.
Liverpool Girl Geeks
As director of Liverpool Girl Geeks I will make sure that I will speak up about diversity where needed and make sure that all of our events will continue to be diverse
Promote diversity in events I am involved in organising, like BDDX.
Promote diversity in organisations I am coaching and assisting.
Promote diversity in volunteer activities, e.g. Code Club.
We are promoting female speakers for the first 12 months at our new Agile event called Scrum Event.
We are always looking for more female Agile speakers.
Challenge inequality, always
NED, Strategic advisor
I am one of the first women presidents of a global professional accounting body.I have used that position to spotlight achievements of, and challenges for, women in business. and in the professional space. I am a skilled presenter and speaker and I am available to speak on business issues, gender pay gap and governance.
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.
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.
RS Digital Ltd
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 & 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.
Making track hosts spend more time to go out of their way to find diverse speakers
Check the diversity of events before signing up to attend - and highlighting diversity gaps when I spot them
I organize a testing conference with a gender balance. I coach new speakers with emphasis on women, without excluding men who ask my help. I facilitate #TestGems as a webinar platform open for new speakers that offers support when needed. I speak personally a lot in conferences around the world.
Erwin van der Koogh
As a speaker I refuse to speak at events that don't make an effort to include diverse people and opinions. Often I offer to help out reaching out to a more diverse set of speakers.
As an organiser I go out of my way to attract speakers if diverse backgrounds.
As a speaker, I speak only at conferences with a Code of Conduct (which I believe helps diversity) and I work on becoming more aware of the different kinds of diversity and call out if I see lack of it.
As me I do my best to make everyone feel welcome and included; and safe.
Help out with the diversity group.
I am in an under represented group and work on issues of inclusion and equality across my professional and perosnal life http://sandboxeducation.co.uk. Can you assist me to have a voice for the ' seldom heard' I believe the term has been used. I am currently a consultant to the Department of Health, The CQC and shortly the PSHO. I am working on a prototype and workshops in tech for children and young people in this group to build themselves and use to assist their access to technology and careers in technologies so their voices can be heard.
I'll share this charter with friends and colleagues and also work to ensure any events I'm involved in managing reflect these principles
I want to make the events and communities I help organise more diverse but I recognise they have some way to go. Being explicit is a first step and I'm going to make sure we have our code of conduct and the Diversity Charter logo clearly on display. We try to encourage new speakers from our communities with shorter speaking slots and lightning talks that require less time investment and we also run regular speaker development workshops. But we need to keep finding ways to reach a more diverse crowd and ensure they feel comfortable however they participate.
We can make a difference! Diversity matters!
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Northern User Experience
We strive to have an inclusive and diverse lineup of speakers at our conferences, our workshop events and out meetups, and in doing so hope to create a safe, welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment for attendees.
Government Digital Service
Government Digital Service
Embrace and encourage diversity.
I'm going to have a lot of noisy opinions about why diverse is better for everyone.
Cui Yin Mok
James Arthur Cattell
Call out diversity as a cross cutting concern in events I am involved in organising.
Barnardo's / UK Government
We have a responsibility in our generation to improve the expectations of past generations, so that the next generation expects even more.
I will actively seek out events which encourage and ivite contribution from diverse speakers and participants in preference to those unrepresentative of our diverse society.
Superstate - www.superstate.agency
Parliamentary Digital Service
Dogsbody Technology Ltd.
I will only attend or speak at events with a solid stance on diversity and who implement real actions to ensure better diversity.
1. Speak out when I see something wrong - address (gently) with the organisers
2. Make sure my own panels are diverse when organising things
3. Not soeak at 'undiverse' conferences
Volunteer to take part in more panels and conferences. Ensure any events I organise are as diverse as possible!
Jason Allan Scott
I always use diversity in my policy of teams and think tanks to get different prospectives
Leeds Beckett University
Manchester Metropolitan University
David N Atkinson
At Wuthering Bytes we try to create events with a wide diversity of speakers and opinions in a welcoming environment for everybody, we'll continue to do that. We'll also set out a clear code of conduct for our events and we'll give out free/discounted tickets to groups that are under-represented in the technology sector.
In our opinion, all events should be as accessible, diverse, friendly, inclusive and welcoming as possible and we're working towards that.
Department for Work and Pensions
I will only speak at events which have diversity in their speakers and panelists, and ensure this happens where I work. I will challenge elsewhere when this isn't happening.
Only sponsoring or speaking at events which clearly have values that support diversity. Challenging the diversity of panel discussions and striving to find diverse groups of panelists myself.
Turing Festival is a technology business event in Edinburgh and, as such, we feel it has a responsibility to attempt to achieve gender and ethnic diversity amongst our speakers. The technology industry has a poor track record in this area, and we believe that each of us within that industry should play our part, however small, in improving this situation.
At Turing Festival 2016, 48% of our speakers will be female, and we will also have several speakers from ethnic minorities. We have not compromised on quality on order to achieve this: it is really not that hard to do.
MARTHA LANE FOX
Talk about this charter in public
Encourage people to sign it
Make sure dot everyone events reflect it
Women's Tech Hub
Working as Women's Tech Hub ~ Bristol to increase diversity at events & conferences in Bristol & SW - it can be as simple as changing the words & images used in the calls for papers/speakers. Similarly working on helping local tech companies with job adverts.
When I'm asked to speak at conferences or events explore in advance with the conference organizers how diverse the speakers are and where there is a clear lack of diversity decline invitations
Actively spread the word about this worthy topic and also champion it at the Agile Sheffield MeetUp that I co-host.
I will encourage others to sign up.
Department for Work & Pensions
Business Transformation Group, Department for Work & Pensions
I encourage diversity by pointing other new speakers to the excellent public speaking MOOC I've taken a few times now.
I'll point at them when we've done them.
Over the Air
At Over the Air we make a concerted effort each year to reach out to communities of people who are typically under-represented at technology events, especially Hack Days.
We are quite proud of our consistent achievement of at least 40% representation of women amongst both participants and speakers.
But we also care about other aspects of diversity, particularly people of colour, people of different faiths, and people in the LGBT community. We are not resting on our laurels, and want to continue to get better at this by reaching out to dedicated groups, and posting event details in as many mediums as possible.
It's also worth mentioning that we make the event accessible to younger people as well, not only inviting students and recent graduates to join us as participants, but also offering 'Coding for Kids' workshops on the Saturday morning of our event. Our event is kid friendly throughout.
As an individual I will strive to ensure that my thoughts, speech and actions encourage inclusivity and diversity.
Encourage people I work with day to day, who may not think of submitting to a conference, to do so. More voices, experiences and stories make for a more interesting environment for everyone.
Alan de Ste Croix
Jose Diaz c/o Diaz & Hilterscheid GmbH
Agile Testing Days (worldwide)
We promote diversity since our first conference in 2009. We fight to get more diversity in our conferences and encourage anyone to be part of it. We are open and support any speaker and attende to be part of it despite the gender, sexual orientatiton, religion, nationality or colour. We love people and accept like they are.
We strongly support the European Charter for Equality.
* Promote female attendance at our events to attain a better #genderbalance
* Promote female speakers at both meetups and conference
* Promote female comperes at all our events
Include speakers from different markets and from different industries.
UX Consulting Pte Ltd / UXSG Community
111 Middle Road
National Design Centre, #03-07
White October Events Ltd
As conference organisers, we have a large part to play in contributing to a more diverse tech industry – from who we select to appear on our stages, to the audiences we attract. We are committed to making all our events as accessible and inclusive as possible, to encourage participation from a diverse range of speakers and attendees. Our actions in this area include (but are not limited to): having and enforcing an appropriate Code of Conduct at every event; selecting wheelchair accessible venues and putting additional accessibility measures in place where possible, such as live-captioning; and running Scholarship Schemes for our conferences, open to individuals from underrepresented groups in tech or those facing economic and social hardship. We strongly believe a more diverse industry is a stronger and more interesting one, and we're signing the Diversity Charter to publicly demonstrate our commitment in this area.
Huge advocate! ThoughtWorks started 'XConf' for this very reason
Challenge organisers where an event is lacking diversity. Actively encourage and support local event organisers to provide greater diversity through the speakers and contributors they engage with.
Ensure diversity in speaker selections for any events I organise.
Influence organisers of events I participate in to ensure diversity.
Not take part in events where diversity is not a consideration.
Mums in Technology
We will ensure that women have equal access to learning opportunities that work around their schedules and families.
Over the Air
We've prided ourselves on having an excellent gender balance at Over the Air - both amongst Keynote speakers and Workshop speakers. But we know we've got far to go still on other areas of diversity - we commit to continuing our efforts to reach out to all under-represented communities in tech.
We value diversity and encourage everyone in our community to submit and participate in our event.
The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
I will work tirelessly to replace our state legislature (NC, USA) and repeal House Bill 2. If you are not of this swampland, read about our disgrace. It's shameful. This whole idea of a Diversity Charter really hits home here ... thank you.
Raghavendra (Raghav) Mithare
1. Observe 2. Encourage 3. Participate
Government Digital Service
John Le Drew
Invite a mix of people to speak at Agile Sheffield, encourage everyone to get involved!
Government Digital Service
I won't take part in all-male panels, I'll ask event organisers at events I'm invited to about what they're doing to ensure an inclusive event, and will share opportunities with others from my team and beyond.
As a team we will champion diversity in our meetups and ensure that our events are as inclusive as possible. We will decline attending and speaking at events where diversity is lacking.
The Satori Lab
Government Digital Services - Common Technology Services
As a team we will be ambassadors and advocates of diversity
Demonstrate by our actions, the benefits of diversity in our work and behaviours
Ensure all have an equal voice and opportunity to use it
Proactively challenge where diversity is lacking, assisting to change where possible
Government Digital Service
I will not speak at any event that doesn't feature a diverse panel, and will help support colleagues in my organisation to take up opportunities to speak and share their expertise at events.
Roberto Arias Alegria
Metaluxo IT Security
I will not attend all-male panels and contact the organisers to let them know, so they can improve this on their next events.
I will spread the idea of #upfront to increase the lack of diversity on stages around the world.
As I grow within my design career I will always encourage diversity, both within the studio and in places where designers engage with the public, such as at events. As a female designer I will actively encourage women into design opportunities at all levels.
It's easy to get speakers from the majority group for meet-ups and conferences. I'm going strive for 50/50 at all my future events. I'll do this by building a more diverse network of folk then I have now.
Continue to only speak at & attend conferences with good, published & promoted Codes of Conduct, and help to make events I'm a part of diverse and representative.
Zephyros Systems Ltd
We contribute actively to increasing diversity in the software industry, through our agile developer program training new developers from mostly under-represented groups (ethnic & gender). We equip new coders with the skills they need to contribute to the industry and the software community. As a conference organizer, speaker & (once off) keynote, I commit to holding conference organisers accountable for building diversity into their planning, and offer advice & assistance to interested organizers.
Lean Agile Scotland
I believe that we should always work hard to improve the diversity of our events to ensure they are representative of society. That they meet the needs of our audience, speakers, communities and society as a whole. We should always strive to create events that are safe, caring and welcoming spaces for everyone to grow in and enjoy.
I am a neurodiversity advocate.
I speak about the need for neurodiversity in tech and how to support it.
We organise the CukeUp conference in London each year, and have also held it in New York and Sydney. We're lucky that the community surrounding Cucumber and BDD is already fairly diverse, and we're committed to engaging in pro-active effort to make sure that diversity is also reflected in the speakers and workshop facilitators who help create the event with us.
Concrete things we do:
- talk about this problem on our podcast (episode to be published soon)
- ensure that women outnumber men on our programme committee
- have lightning talks in the CfP (with full speaker compensation)
- have lightning talk slots you can sign up for on the day
- offer http://speaking-easy.com/ slots on our programme
- reach out to our networks and make it explicit that we're looking for submissions from a diverse range of people
- score all our CfP submissions blind
Things we want to try or do:
- offering childcare at our events
- sponsored diversity programme
- offer better support through the CfP process and generally make it more friendly
What's the opposite of diversity? Uniformity. Sounds boring to me.
We are doing diversity stuff for every organisation I'm involved with.
The Restart Project
We will ask every event organiser what they are doing to guarantee diversity - telling them we have signed up to this Charter. And we will adhere to this Charter when organising our own.
Government Digital Service (GDS)
South Wales Agile Group
We will commit to supporting diversity at future South Wales Agile Group events by appealing for speakers from diverse backgrounds, requiring speakers to deliver talks in an inclusive voice and seeking out avenues to encourage a more diverse membership.
UX Oxford team
UX Oxford fully supports diversity at events. We will continue to seek diverse line ups of speakers, continue to provide a safe and friendly place to speak at and encourage new speakers from different backgrounds to give their first talk at our events.
Missouri School of Journalism
Government Digital Service (GDS)
Government Digital Service (GDS)
I will only speak at events where there is a diverse range of speakers, and apply the same rule to everyone in my team (as per the new GDS policy on diversity at conferences).
I will offer to coach and mentor women who want to get more confident speaking at events.
I will put forward others instead of me to speak at events, to give more people the opportunity to get experience of speaking.
Diana Hervas Castillo
I will help the industry understand that diversity is not just gender diversity. Creating events full of straight weight women speakers is a necessary but not sufficient step toward diverse tech events. I will also, as a person of color, speak at more tech events and help event organizers find diverse speakers. I will also continue to write about making tech events safe for diverse attendees:
UK Civil Service
Anonymous proposals review to reduce unconscious bias
Call-outs to women in tech for the call for speakers
Diversity tickets (to be announced soon)
Code of Conduct
... still a lot of learning how to improve, I know these are only baby steps.
Pinkier marketing ;p and put all the rich, old, fat white men to pasture
Codemotion Advisory Board
Ladies That UX
We dedicate a space for women looking to make their first steps into speaking at events
The Point People
I fully support this Charter. I will make a point to an event organiser if there is lack of diversity at their event.
Keep being me and challenging inequality where I find it
The whole team at Software Acumen
We care about diversity becoming the norm rather than the goal. Welcoming, inclusive, safe, enjoyable should be what people can just expect. We want that to become the easy path. This is important to really creating great experiences - learning experiences, social experiences, professional experiences.
Agile Practitioners London
This is such a powerful and practical way to improve diversity; a key ingredient to innovation, improvement and success in everything we do. We fully support this Charter and will actively embrace this into our community culture, setup and structure.
Prof. Jeff Sonstein
We waste half our talent when we have non-diverse events. I pledge to work to end this foolishness.
I have and will continue to work to make the events that I produce as diverse as possible and ensure that events I speak at or participate in are as diverse as possible.
We will try to include a more diverse lineup at each of our monthly events to ensure that we are hearing from a wider range of backgrounds. We will seek out opportunities to provide greater access to a more diverse audience.
Play in Progress/The GirlHood
Not speak until more diverse speakers are spoken to.
Made by Many
Put forward female colleagues for speaking opportunities. Choose to send employees to events that actively promote diverse panels, keynote speakers and audiences.
Diversity scholarships at our conference
Government Digital Service (GDS)
UK home office
I'll do all I can to promote this charter!
Bath Ruby Conference
Make a point to an event organiser if there is lack of diversity at their event, and to be kept updated on improvements if any.
Naveed R. Parvez
Agile And Lean Limited
Share this charter with my colleagues. A lack of diversity inhibits creativity, therefore we should be doing what we can to make our events more inclusive
Making London a better place to live. #WomenInTech
I will keep making an effort.
Palewell Press - publishing books on human rights and the environment
I organise book launches and poetry events. I will work to ensure my events are comfortable to attend for both performers and audience and well supported by assistive technology
Lo Fi Arts
120 Technology Ltd
Government Digital Service (GDS)
Only speak at events where diversity is actively promoted. Only run events where diversity is ingrained.
We don't organise many events ourselves (we're mainly venue-finders) but we are happy to support the charter and help where we can.
Marks & Spencer Digital
- Encourage event organisers to consider diversity
- Refuse to speak at events which don't have a policy
- Help people that don't enjoy my privilege to attend events / submit talks
SAFe Leadership Retreat
1) Actively seek increasingly diverse groups and individuals to participate in both Retreat and its organisation, specifically aiming for a majority of women on the organising group
2) Publish and enforce a code of conduct based on the Geek Feminism/Ada Initiative exemplar
3) Actively invite women to lead sessions at the retreat
Adventures with Agile
At AWA we have overcome many of the hurdles mentioned in the charter. However, there is always more we can do and having a specific charter we can refer to, and hopefully contribute to as we learn more, will help us be more conscious of diversity.
Great work, Emily!
Speak at school events to help asian women understand that they can be a woman and work in technology or event be a CEO of a company.
Linden Primary School
Through WomenEd support more women to develop their own leadership especially BME women
Coleshill Heath School
Go in search of the views and opinions of people from a broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical backgrounds, knowing that there is strength in our differences.
Diversity issues are natural blockers to innovation. Not everyone can be their own role model and within the context of the current socio-political climate, there is the risk of turning off some of the best contributors and role models people can get and even the unconscious risk of hiding homophilous and even prejudicial experiences under the justification of 'culture fit', which ruins the true meaning of that term. It is a massive problem in so many ways, not least that each diversity problem that is badly understood closes the market by that level of representation. It's not about positive discrimination. It's about giving those just as good or even better a fair platform to rightfully deliver the message they can convey. For us, this means seeking out the contributions that matter and tackling this problem head on.