Diversity is one of our core values.
Diversity is important to us. Not only does it highlight under-represented views and perspectives, but it also boosts creativity and innovation. For these reasons, we want to see people from all backgrounds, genders, races, and abilities attending and speaking at our events.
However, there currently exists a lamentable lack of diversity at tech conferences (and in the IT industry in general).
As a tech conference who engage heavily with people who work in this industry, we are working hard to ensure that the opportunities for speaking and attending our events are as diverse as possible.
There is also intersectionality to consider. While gender is often the first diversity characteristic to be engaged (and measured), it’s also vital that multiple axes of diversity are also considered including - but not limited to - age, race, sexuality, and disability.
We are currently engaging in the following ways to promote diversity at our events:
Diversity champions and ambassadors - we are actively seeking and engaging with individuals who will encourage those within their communities to engage with us,
Signatory of the diversity charter,
Recognition and engagement with the various dimensions of intersectionality,
Highlighting past diverse speakers - we actively need to demonstrate that we live our values,
Training for new speakers - we offer sessions with a coach for those more hesitant to come forward to speak,
Data capture - metrics for intersectionality so we can know more accurately how we are improving
WOMEN IN TECH
There are a number of ways in which we engage with the industry-wide problem of the lack of women in tech.
Reaching out to female speakers to let them know about both the CFP and keynote opportunities.
In our speaker selection process, we are conscious of bias, both negative and positive and work hard to ensure no bias in our speaker selection processes. For example, the proportion of female submissions in the CFS (2018) is 19% and the representation of female speakers is 19% (i.e. 4 speakers from 21). Note - this doesn’t include female panellists in Silicon Gorge, etc. so the actual figure is higher.
Talks specifically focused on the lack of diversity, intended to stimulate debate and conversation on the topic. For example, Dora Militaru with her 2018 talk “Where are the women?”.
The promotion of women in the industry, including specific engagement with groups such as Girl Geek Dinners (GGD), Women Who Code Bristol (WWC Bristol)
Good representation of women as Chairpersons and volunteers at our events.
In short, we are actively striving for more diversity in the people who are involved in our events.
If you have ideas about how we can do more, or simply want to help us in our diversity journey, then please do reach out [email protected].
We would love to hear from you. Thanks!