FOSS Backstage In Focus - Diversity and Inclusivity

FOSS Backstage in Focus - Diversity and Inclusivity

As we move into 2021 one of the biggest questions raised by the events of the previous few years is how can we look after ourselves, others, and the communities we are part of?

One of the ways we have tried to answer this question is through our conference programming and we believe we have some great talks for you.

An important prerequisite for open source projects, software or communities is proper documentation which include guidelines to encourage contributors to participate. Join

Anita Ihuman to discuss her experiences as she shares her ideas for more inclusive guidelines.

This year has been tough with many working from home, while also providing care for other family members. Join Leslie Hawthorn to discuss the disproportionate struggles of professional women this year and how we can mutually support one another.

Remote teams are more disconnected and fragmented more than ever before. Creating belonging through social interaction at work, not only improves the well-being of employees but also increases productivity. Find out more from Najeeb Khan.

At FOSS Backstage this year Coraline Ada Ehmke asks - What will be our path forward to reconcile software freedom with human freedom, as OSS is increasingly used in mass surveillance, anti-immigrant violence, protester suppression, racist policing, and human rights abuses?

We believe that one of the ways we can support the FOSS community is by ensuring that people taking part are valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate. Part of ensuring a wide range of opinions and perspectives can be shared at FOSS Backstage is ensuring that people from underrepresented groups within the FOSS community can attend and engage with the discussions.

In order to promote this diversity at FOSS Backstage we have initiated a diversity tickets program. Diversity Tickets are fully sponsored (i.e. free) tickets that are available to people from underrepresented groups within the FOSS community. This includes, but is not limited to: women, people of colour, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, and people facing economic or  social hardships. You can read more about the program and get your ticket here

This year we have worked with the CHAOSS Diversity & Inclusion Badging Program, a great project aiming to encourage events to obtain D&I badges for reasons of leadership, self-reflection, and self-improvement on issues critical to building the Internet as a social good.

We are very happy that the CHAOSS Diversity & Inclusion Badging Program have awarded us a gold badge for our work on FOSS Backstage. You can read more about the project here

We hope that you will be able to join us at FOSS Backstage this year. Get your ticket here