2015 Open Source Bridge Conference

We’re speaking at the Open Source Bridge (#osb15) conference on the topic Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source. This is part of our new diversity initiative in the tech/coding sector. Our OSBridge session will review our panel at the Tapia Diversity in Computing meeting. The OSBridge conference will occur June 23-26 in Portland, OR just before AlterConf — a series of discussions on diversity in the tech & gaming industries.

Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source

Description: There is strength in diversity so Open Source communities should set goals valuing equity and inclusion. However, lofty diversity ideals alone will not change your OSS community. Proactive, direct outreach efforts must be used if you want to attract women, people of color, the disabled, LGBT, and other marginalized individuals in the tech field. Our session will describe ways to connect with such diverse communities both online and in real life. Social media can be used to publicize open source opportunities to Blacks and Latinos using hashtags such as #BLACKandSTEM and #LATISM, respectively who also hold semi-regular weekly Twitter chats. The best networking, though, occurs at the conferences of diversity/mentoring organizations that bring together a critical mass of students, postdocs, and professionals. Join our session to learn practical advice to engage these online/IRL communities to publicize opportunities in Open Source. In particular, we will describe a specific accomplishment where Open Hatch and Outreachy promoted their programs at the 2015 Tapia conference.

last updated 5-Feb-2016