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Diversity isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort

Following Kris’s comments on the debate about the lack of diversity at the Bristech conference, I felt inspired to post to the website for the first time since Jacob and I joined Kris as leaders of the community.

Many of you will already know that TechExeter is entirely volunteer-led, and with a demanding full-time job, an old thatch cottage to renovate, and the challenge of fitting everything we’re expected to do into one life these days, taking on the responsibility of helping to lead a vibrant, active community (with amazing events like GAME>PLAY and the conference to organise) has been a big commitment. I love the community and getting involved, but there was one very clear reason that drove me to get involved, and that was my passion for improving diversity in tech.

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BrisTech / Diversity

(Note from Kris: This is a bit of a rant, but I think it’s important!)

This morning I noticed a tweet about BrisTech’s response to feedback about diversity at their latest event:

Fair enough I thought. I click to read the article, which doesn’t fill me with confidence. Then I look at twitter.

How does a bigger city, with a bigger event than ours, manage to do so badly with diversity and inclusivity?

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