Conference Diversity

The following Conference Diversity statement is licensed by O’Reilly Media, Inc. under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License Conference Diversity Our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. We’re actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve. This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it. Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs to john@360conferences.com
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Participation conference phase (see The CFP for details)
  • Organize community-based public speaking trainings and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (send an email to john@360conferences.com)
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision (send an email to john@360conferences.com)

— 360|Conferences —

We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience. Diversity for tech events is an incredibly important issue. For conference organizers, balancing the need for high quality content with the need for diversity can be challenging but worth it. We understand that saying we want diversity isn’t enough, which is why we actively network to encourage a variety of people not traditionally represented to submit talks.

For 360|Conferences, we feel strongly that this active approach to diversity is best. We’re constantly looking to build professional relationships with the kind of tech talent that is not traditionally represented.

We strongly encourage anyone to submit speaking topics. And if you have any concerns or suggestion on how we can do better, do not hesitate to reach out to us at john@360conferences.com. We understand how incredibly important this issue is.

Comments

  1. […] to that is DO hit “edit” when not angry. I wrote a page for 360|iDev on our feelings on Conference Diversity. At the time I wrote it, was angry about things I saw other events doing. I made that page about […]

  2. Megan Jarzyna says:

    Thank you JohnW for the comment and for changing the content. Made my day.

  3. Andria says:

    I have no idea what the original text that’s being commented on said, but it was probably something stupid. It’s seemingly been edited at this point, which does not surprise me, as it was probably some off the cuff remark made out of anger and in haste.

    In any case, as a woman in this industry, I tend to agree with Megan. I’ve really never had a problem in this industry, with being a woman or with being a lesbian. I attribute that mostly to the fact that I am a confident person and am good at what I do. Or maybe just to the fact that I don’t assume every dumb comment that’s made is just because of who I am or the labels that are put on me. I mostly just attribute to the fact that people are stupid. Dumb people are going to make dumb comments to others, regardless. It’s our job as a minority to break the mold and succeed, not because we’re given more opportunities or more support, but because we’re awesome at what we do and we’ve worked hard for it.

  4. Johnw says:

    Megan,

    Thanks. seriously. I’ve been trying to think of how best to reply, and then today the internet got angry at me. I agree my word choice was terrible at best. I wrote this a while ago, was pretty heated about current events in the tech conference space. Outside that day, all context went away.

    Even with context, those sentences didn’t add value beyond showing my anger at how women are treated at tech events, which had no place here, and did the opposite giving many the impression i was a woman hating monster.

    I’m very sorry my choice of wording lead to offense, it was never my intent, but i can see how it could happen.

    I hope one day to meet you at WWDC or 360|iDev so I can thank you in person.

  5. Ronald Jeffries says:

    The tone of the paragraph containing the word “bullshit” is enough to put me off everything you do, and I’m not even remotely a woman.

  6. Megan Jarzyna says:

    Good morning,

    I’m a n00b at iOS development and am working hard to get up to speed with Objective C and keeping up with all of the xcode and Apple changes. Your group and others are extremely beneficial to me to discuss ideas outside of my team and learn how other folks are using the tools available. After reading your site and getting your email updates I’m excited about the possibility of coming to the Denver conference.

    With that said, I feel compelled to write some comments about the above statements regarding diversity. The tone is borderline hostile and I don’t really think they are necessary. Why even point out “diversity” if the only subject that will be broached is women in the industry? I would rather NOT be pointed out. I just went to a Big Nerd Ranch training and it was refreshing because the fact that I was a woman in a group of men was never mentioned. I don’t want a free pass, and I hate ladies’ nights. I’m not sure who is asking for free handouts, but they are ruining it for those of us that are serious about being taken seriously. Yes, we make less money, but that is our fault for not being more assertive.

    Thanks for listening and I hope you take my comments into consideration and review the page content.

    Megan Jarzyna

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