Bristech are very aware that there currently exists a distinct lack of diversity at tech conferences (and in the IT industry in general).
As a tech conference who heavily engage 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.
This encompasses the following groups:
Women in Tech
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 want more women involved in what we do.
If you want to get involved and have ideas about how we can do more, then please do reach out [email protected] We would love to hear from you. Thanks!