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Making our spaces
more inclusive
@jamiehannaford
DjangoCon EU, Cardiff
1. Workplace
2. Open-source
3. Conferences
What is diversity and
why is it important?
"The more diverse your team, the greater the
potential for innovation"
- Njidek...
What can we do?
The Job Posting
Gender neutral pronouns
Avoid buzzword bingo and trite clichés
Make your diversity commitment explicit
Off...
The technical interview
"Whiteboard coding interviews create an inherently
confrontational situation in which the candidat...
Making interviews better
Be conversational, not adversarial. Nobody
should be set up for failure
"Let's build things toget...
Fear
"We all get stuck. We’re all figuring it out as we
go along. Welcome to the club."
Noah Veltman
Imposter
Alicia Liu, "Overcoming Imposter Syndrome"
Reducing fear
Institutionalise mentorship
Asking can be hard, so don't stigmatise.
Be empathetic, understanding, kind
No f...
Why don't more people
contribute to open-source?
"Kill your heroes"
How do we enable people
and give them confidence?
Let's stop denigrating
people's tooling choices
Documentation is the
heart of any project
How do we tackle
exclusion at events?
Talk proposals
Are conferences a
public service?
Wrap up
Thank you!
Slides:
Resources:
Keep in touch! @jamiehannaford
Great resources
Model View Culture
Coding academies and training programs
CODE2040, Hackbright Academy, the Flatiron School
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Making our spaces more inclusive

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Jamie discusses the social issues of an industry where dealing with code is easy, but dealing with people can be very hard.

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Making our spaces more inclusive

  1. 1. Making our spaces more inclusive @jamiehannaford DjangoCon EU, Cardiff
  2. 2. 1. Workplace 2. Open-source 3. Conferences
  3. 3. What is diversity and why is it important? "The more diverse your team, the greater the potential for innovation" - Njideka Harry, Youth for Technology
  4. 4. What can we do?
  5. 5. The Job Posting Gender neutral pronouns Avoid buzzword bingo and trite clichés Make your diversity commitment explicit Offer benefits people actually want
  6. 6. The technical interview "Whiteboard coding interviews create an inherently confrontational situation in which the candidate has to prove that they are intelligent." "Technical Interviews are Bullshit", Model View Culture (November 2014)
  7. 7. Making interviews better Be conversational, not adversarial. Nobody should be set up for failure "Let's build things together" rather than "Prove to me how smart you are" No whiteboards!
  8. 8. Fear "We all get stuck. We’re all figuring it out as we go along. Welcome to the club." Noah Veltman
  9. 9. Imposter Alicia Liu, "Overcoming Imposter Syndrome"
  10. 10. Reducing fear Institutionalise mentorship Asking can be hard, so don't stigmatise. Be empathetic, understanding, kind No feigning surprise. No "well actually" answers Cut back on unhelpful words like "obviously", "easy", "just" Praise in public, critique in private
  11. 11. Why don't more people contribute to open-source?
  12. 12. "Kill your heroes"
  13. 13. How do we enable people and give them confidence?
  14. 14. Let's stop denigrating people's tooling choices
  15. 15. Documentation is the heart of any project
  16. 16. How do we tackle exclusion at events?
  17. 17. Talk proposals
  18. 18. Are conferences a public service?
  19. 19. Wrap up
  20. 20. Thank you! Slides: Resources: Keep in touch! @jamiehannaford
  21. 21. Great resources Model View Culture Coding academies and training programs CODE2040, Hackbright Academy, the Flatiron School

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