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.
Continue reading Diversity isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort
(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?
Continue reading BrisTech / Diversity
We’ve published our findings from our diversity workshop held earlier on in the year. Thank you to Kathryn for writing it up!
Google Doc Link
We sponsored our second Diversity workshop, this time working with PRISM on a session with Kayisha Payne from the Black British STEM network.
We try and be as transparent as possible at TechExeter, and one of the ways we do that is to report back stats on our events.
What follows are a few statistics from our call for speakers for this year’s tech conference on the theme of security and hacking.
Please note: These are statistics from people who submitted talks for our conference. Not everyone answered our diversity monitoring questions. We advertised for speakers on our website, social media, and through our member network.
Whilst at this year’s AWS Summit London, I had a chance to chat with the lovely people on the We Power Tech stand.
At AWS, we believe the future of tech is every color, gender, belief, origin, and community. The future of tech is accessible, flexible, and inclusive. We all have a long way to go before realizing this future. Join the We Power Tech community to meet allies and leaders who are powering the future. Build skills, get engaged with the community, and inspire the next generation.
These pronoun badges are a great idea, and one that I think we’ll be bringing to our conferences and meetups. Even as a cis male, wearing a badge helps to raise awareness and normalise pronoun choice, which can only be a good thing!
We’ll be at Exeter Pride on the 11th May alongside ExIST, PRISM and the Institute of Physics, showcasing some VR and gaming – come say hi, and look out for our banner in the parade!