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Diversity Summit [clear filter]
Thursday, September 14
 

9:00am PDT

Chaos Theory + Civil Rights = 21st Century Corporate Practices - Kate Ertmann, GO
There is much discussion about systemic actions and attitudes that have been the basis for so much homogeneity and exclusiveness in large corporations. Patriarchy. Ageism. Cultural Biases.

But according to a recent​ ​McKinsey & Company study​, companies in the top quarter for racial diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns higher than the national median in their industry, while gender diversity boosts performance by an additional 15%.

So what if we take the mathematical processes that built up those systemic attitudes as the norm, and break them down to their theoretical origins, in order to recalculate a sustainable procedure that would intentionally include diversity, equity and inclusion in its make-up?

And then make that the new norm? And actually positively affect the bottom-line of the organization?

Takeaways include:
  • How mathematical theory shows up in human relationships 
  • What natural pattern-making can be re-worked for team wellness 
  • Diagramming a defined approach for an inclusive corporate environment for all cultures, disciplines, genders and generations

Speakers
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Kate Ertmann

Operations Executive
Kate Ertmann is a businesswoman and seasoned speaker. A child actor for kid’s television programming and commercials, Kate renounced her Hollywood hopes in favor of a telecommunications degree from Ohio University. She is one of the founders of Portland’s Women in Animation chapter... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 9:00am - 9:20am PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

9:20am PDT

A Woman in Tech: Journey through VFX and Animation - Munira Tayabji, Digital Supervisor of Technology, Dreamworks Animation

Join Munira in this discussion about how technology plays a vital role in bringing magical worlds to the silver screen.  In this talk, Munira will discuss her journey from growing up as a minority in a small town to becoming a senior technology manager at a major Hollywood studio. She will talk about her experience in finding her voice in a male dominated field and share what she has done to encourage more women into the tech community.


Speakers
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Munira Tayabji

Digital Supervisor of Technology, Dreamworks Animation
Munira is a passionate technical leader in the CG Film Production Industry.  She has worked on many projects ranging from “X-Men 2” (2003) to “Captain Underpants” (2017). Her experience in visual effects, animation and the film production process has given her a unique perspective... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 9:20am - 9:40am PDT
Gold 2

9:40am PDT

Coffee Break
Thursday September 14, 2017 9:40am - 10:05am PDT
Platinum Foyer

10:05am PDT

Open Your Arms to Open Source: Solutions to Bring in Social Innovation to All Walks of Life All Over the World - Arpana Durgaprasad, IBM
This paper describes various social innovations that can help people around the world embrace open source solutions for social causes. Social innovation from environment and energy conservation to health and education for the development of the community and the world at large is the call of the day.

Societies today are rattled by crisis in various areas: finance, environment, energy, commute, agriculture, healthcare, sanitation, and many more. We see many social innovations getting churned out in these areas with companies and individuals creating apps and solutions for mobile or computer to tackle the crisis. Individuals and communities are uniting to bring in innovative sustainable solutions, and experimenting with novel ideas to communicate, think, work, and live together. This brings us to the next question - How do we help the society in different geographies learn from each other and help each other and finally the world at large. How do we transfer that abundant knowledge - Open Source of course!!

This presentation is intended to bring in social innovation solutions for various areas like environment, energy, education, health, agriculture, fisheries, commuting, working conditions, weather and many more. Some of these ideas are described here.

Case study 1: Agriculture (age/economic status related diversity)
Kishan is an old farmer in rural India. His crops sometimes fail and do not give the expected harvest. See how an app can solve all this problems.

Case study 2: Sanitation (gender/economic status/disability related diversity)
Anamika is in a remote village which lacks sanitation. See how social innovation can change her life.

Speakers
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Arpana Durgaprasad

Senior Information Developer, IBM
Arpana Durgaprasad is a Senior Information Developer for Open Systems Development. She has presented a session on Social Innovation in Open Source Summit –2017 and also has a Disclosure on methods to identify non-contextual words (http://priorart.ip.com/IPCOM/000242682).



Thursday September 14, 2017 10:05am - 10:45am PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

10:05am PDT

You're Not a *Real* Software Engineer - Amy Chen, Rancher Labs
Have you ever been told that you aren't a *real* software engineer? This is a story about resilience, self-care, and why qualifications are overrated. Join Amy on her personal journey from pre-med cellular biology and neuroscience major, to tech Youtuber, to founder of an 8.5K online community, to working at an open source container startup. She will discuss depression, burn out, self care, putting women on pedestals, and being authentic. This is a talk about pursuing your aspirations in spite of fear.

Speakers
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Amy Chen

Systems Software Engineer, VMware
Amy Chen (VMware) is a systems software engineer at VMware who joined through the Heptio acquisition. She is passionate about Kubernetes, Go, containers, and distributed systems. In her free time, she also runs a Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/AmyCodes) that discusses software... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 10:05am - 10:45am PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

10:50am PDT

BoF: All Kids Should Code - Keith Wilson, Vasey Corporation P/L
For all kids to learn coding, schools and communities need to get involved. For that to happen, the solution is free resources running on open source platforms. Keith Wilson continues to design and implement videos and pdfs while delivering workshops to teachers and administrators who are encouraged to plan content where coding is 'instead of' not 'in addition to'. Coding sessions in classrooms and other venues quite often use donated laptops refurbished with Linux distros including Mint and Ubuntu running, among other things, Scratch, GIMP, Pinta, Bluefish, Chromium and Spyder. Keith's most recent venture, using W3CSS website design for major upgrades to his own websites, have produced videos explaining the process. Learning to code is a right not a privilege and should be free. Keith is looking forward to sharing his experiences and learning from others doing similar good things.

Speakers
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Keith Wilson

Director, Vasey Corporation P/L
Retired teacher delivering free coding workshops using donated refurbished laptops running Linux Mint. Providing online resources to support coding activities. Keen to discuss how people are maximizing opportunities for all kids to code.



Thursday September 14, 2017 10:50am - 11:30am PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

10:50am PDT

Diversity and Collaboration - Tameika Reed, Women in Linux
We often talk about getting more people into tech and that way is coding. However that is only a sliver of tech. In my talk, I will show how we need diversity in education, training, hackathons, meet ups, mobile conferences, and mentoring.

Speakers
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Tameika Reed

Founder, Women In Linux
Tameika Reed Founder of Women In Linux. Since its launch, Tameika leads initiatives with focus on exploring careers in Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps and IOT, pivoting into leadership and continuous skill building. As a self-taught System Administrator, Tameika believes... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 10:50am - 11:30am PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

11:35am PDT

Panel Discussion: Diversity & Inclusion: On the Path to Increasing the 10 Percent - Moderated by Nicole Huesman, Intel
The technology industry has been a major source of innovation and economic growth, but its ability to encourage diversity among its ranks lags. In 2016, women and underrepresented minorities accounted for 30% of the larger tech industry, while comprising roughly 10% of the Linux and OpenStack communities. To harness the full power of technology to tackle a broader set of societal challenges will depend, in part, on our ability to encourage a diversity of ideas, experiences and talent. Join us for an interactive discussion as we explore the numbers and what they mean, and in turn, discuss concrete, actionable steps that we can collectively take to foster a diverse, inclusive environment within our larger open source community.

Moderators
avatar for Nicole Huesman

Nicole Huesman

Community & Developer Advocate, Intel Corporation
For over 20 years, Nicole has applied her aptitude in storytelling to the technology industry—helping shine a light on the importance of the work of her engineering colleagues in a way that delivers true business value. She dove into the world of open source at Intel over eight... Read More →

Speakers
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Chloe Condon

Developer Evangelist, Codefresh
Chloe is the Developer Evangelist for Codefresh where she helps engineering and infrastructure teams streamline their development processes by adopting container driven development tooling on Kubernetes. Before becoming an Engineer, Chloe was a musical theatre actress who decided... Read More →
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Daniel Izquierdo

Director of Consulting, Bitergia
Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar is a researcher and one of the founders of Bitergia, a company that provides software analytics for open source ecosystems. Currently the chief data officer at Bitergia, he is focused on the quality of the data, research of new metrics, analysis, and studies... Read More →
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Amy Marrich

Principal Technical Marketing Manger, Red Hat
Amy Marrich is a Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat. She previously worked at a small Open Source e-assessment company in Luxembourg where she was the Open Source Community and Global Training Manager.  Previously she was the OpenStack Instructor at Linux Academy and... Read More →
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Duane O'Brien

Head of Open Source, Indeed
Duane is the Head of Open Source at Indeed.com, the #1 job site in the world. He is passionate about enabling smart and meaningful contributions to the open source ecosystem by both developers and corporations. Duane navigates the path between engineering and management, drawing on... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

11:35am PDT

Time for Action - Innovating for D&I in Open Source Communities - Emma Irwin & Larissa Shapiro, Mozilla
Enough is enough! It’s time for action and collaboration on diversity & inclusion in open source. We’re missing out on perspectives, and experiences that can drive innovation for a better world. It’s not enough to count who makes it through the gauntlet of challenges in open source projects; and it's not enough measure event by diversity on stage. We have a long way to go - and innovation is key.

This year Mozilla is investing in action by developing a D&I strategy for communities based on findings in a long series of focus groups, 1:1 interviews and data analysis. In this session you’ll hear about key themes, challenges and opportunities Mozilla is investing in through innovative action - prototyping and learning - and how we intend to build bridges between our work and other open source communities... starting now!

Speakers
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Emma Irwin

Senior Program Manager, Mozilla
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Larissa Shapiro

D&I Lead at Mozilla, Mozilla
Larissa works at Mozilla project, leading Diversity and Inclusion. She previously held positions as Senior Engineering Program Manager Head of Contributor Development. Prior to joining Mozilla, Larissa was the first (and only) Product Manager at Internet Systems Consortium, an open... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

12:15pm PDT

Lunch (Attendees on Own)
Thursday September 14, 2017 12:15pm - 1:25pm PDT
TBA

1:25pm PDT

Diversity through the Eyes of a Senior Engineer - Rupa Dachere, CodeChix
The last few years has seen an explosion in news articles and media focusing on the Diversity and Inclusion issues in the tech world, specifically, Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Millions of dollars have been spent by tech companies and organizations on touting their diversity numbers and portraying their unflinching commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion. The recent trend to staff up engineers to work on open source projects is gaining steam and bringing to light an even harsher climate for diversity efforts in the open source world.

A closer look at the numbers reveals that this specific needle is either not moving at all or moving in the wrong direction. The numbers are particularly disconcerting if one looks at the technical side of things. While some of the numbers have moved positively, we seem to have reached a plateau regardless of funding and awareness. What are the reasons for this? Shouldn’t we be seeing continued positive movement regarding this issue after all the hoopla? After all, open source is for everyone, not just the select, appointed few, right?

This talk will present some factual stories, statistics and real-world reasons on why all the talk and funding from companies and organizations towards diversity and inclusion is missing the mark. Rupa will, also, propose some solutions to address some of the issues.

Speakers
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Rupa Dachere

Founder & CEO, Code Chix
Rupa Dachere is the Founder and CEO of CodeChix.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, promotion and mentorship of women engineers. Creator of PiDoorbell (circa 2012 on the first Rpi) and entrepreneur, she is an FTE and holds Advisory roles at the Stanford GAP-For-Good... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 1:25pm - 2:05pm PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

2:10pm PDT

Lessons learned from the OpenStack Gender-Diversity Report - Nicole Huesman, Intel & Daniel Izquierdo, Bitergia

The OpenStack Gender Diversity Report published earlier this year [1] provided an initial view of the gender diversity within this community. The report studied both leadership and technical contributions, revealing that women occupy 20% of leadership positions, while accounting for 10% of technical contributions. This talk aims to apply this experience—quantitative analysis, open discussion, and community feedback—to strengthen diversity and inclusion within the Linux community.

This interactive discussion is organized into two parts, with specific focuses—a session, and a BoF discussion. The session (Part I) focuses on the tool that was used to capture the data for the OpenStack Gender Diversity report—its dashboard, widgets, queries and capabilities—with emphasis on how this tool can be applied to diversity research across other open source communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to play with the tool, and explore how it can be deployed to help further diverse, inclusive teams.

The BoF discussion (Part II) focuses on lessons learned from the earlier OpenStack Gender Diversity research, and aims to collect real-time feedback from attendees about what additional parameters and aspects they’d like to see us capture and analyze in future OpenStack Gender Diversity reports. The goal is to continually evolve and enhance this research based on community input, and to explore its application to the Linux community

[1] http://superuser.openstack.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OpenStack-Gender-Diversity-Report_Apr2017.pdf


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Huesman

Nicole Huesman

Community & Developer Advocate, Intel Corporation
For over 20 years, Nicole has applied her aptitude in storytelling to the technology industry—helping shine a light on the importance of the work of her engineering colleagues in a way that delivers true business value. She dove into the world of open source at Intel over eight... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Izquierdo

Daniel Izquierdo

Director of Consulting, Bitergia
Daniel Izquierdo Cortazar is a researcher and one of the founders of Bitergia, a company that provides software analytics for open source ecosystems. Currently the chief data officer at Bitergia, he is focused on the quality of the data, research of new metrics, analysis, and studies... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 2:10pm - 2:50pm PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

2:10pm PDT

Panel Discussion: Chasing and Redefining Grace: Stories of Women in Tech - Moderated by Jennifer Cloer, reTHINKit
While the volume on the industry-wide ‘women in tech’ narrative has never been higher, it lacks an intimate understanding of what it’s like for women in tech today, right now. Until we really understand their stories, we’ll be unable to harness the visibility this topic is receiving for real impact or change. The result so far is clear: stagnation or decline in the number of women in CS programs or in tech overall. Cloer is in production on a documentary film titled “Chasing Grace’ that seeks to address the obstacles women face and share stories of how these women are navigating alternative paths, sometimes redefining what it means to be successful. The film aims to provide the blueprint for other women in tech to navigate their own journeys. You can’t be what you can’t see. The stories from the film are unique because they’re all too rare, but they’re also so compelling that they can inspire other girls and women to seek their own pathways to building technology, leading companies, earning more and changing the world around them. Women represent more than 50 percent of the population but aren’t given the same opportunities to succeed. This inequality impacts each woman individually but its impact is much bigger than that. In a world where all jobs are increasingly tech jobs, if women can’t access the same opportunities in tech or choose not to pursue them, the very fabric of our economy is at risk.

This panel will include 2-3 women from the film, who will share their stories. Cloer will moderate. The trailer for the film and its Kickstarter campaign will launch during this time, so the topic will be timely and relevant. The Summit attendees will be among the first to see the trailer.




Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Cloer

Jennifer Cloer

Creator and Executive Producer, The Chasing Grace Project
Jennifer’s career has been dedicated to telling the stories that have defined a generation of technology developers, from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to the men and women who started Creative Commons and Google’s first I/O Conference. For more than 15 years, Jennifer has been... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown

Founder, ScoutSavvy
Kathryn Brown is the founder and CEO of ScoutSavvy. ScoutSavvy improves workplace diversity with intelligent recruiting software. Kathryn was an early employee at Techstars company DailyBurn (acquired by IAC), where she lead content strategy and growth strategy for a 2 million + member... Read More →
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Abby Kearns

Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation
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Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →


Thursday September 14, 2017 2:10pm - 2:50pm PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

2:50pm PDT

3:40pm PDT

BoF: CO.LAB: A Collaborative, Mobile Learning Experience - John Adams, Red Hat
Good things happen when we come together to create something new. Connections are formed. Discoveries are made. Fresh ideas emerge. And obstacles are overcome. That's why Red Hat believes that creative collaboration is the best way to make the world a better place — and to forge lasting friendships.

Enter CO.LAB – a program designed to introduce middle school girls from underserved areas to the principles of open source -- and to a world of technology and collaboration that they may not have otherwise considered.

Collaboration is a powerful driver of innovation and discovery, and open source methodology is a key part of STEAM education. John will talk about the details of the CO.LAB program and how through the program, Red Hat is empowering young girls with collaborative skills that will help them succeed in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Speakers
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John Adams

Sr. Director, Global Brand Strategy & Management, Red Hat
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, John first moved to the Triangle in 1992 to attend college. When his UNC Tar Heels won the NCAA National Championship that year, he knew he had found his new home. After graduating from UNC, John moved to Charlotte to work for management consultancy Accenture... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 3:40pm - 4:20pm PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

3:40pm PDT

Diversity in Open Source: No Longer at Square One - Marina Zhurakhinskaya, Red Hat
Open source overall remains remarkably undiverse, with the latest GitHub survey finding about 3% women contributors, but communities that are making an effort to improve diversity are seeing results. Learn about several major efforts over the last seven years that have had an impact: Outreachy, the Ada Initiative, Python community outreach, the Women in Open Source Award sponsored by Red Hat, and the Open Source Day and Track at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Hear about emerging trends, such as efforts being made to reach people from a broader set of underrepresented backgrounds and the establishment of paid positions and consulting opportunities for people working to improve diversity and inclusion in open source. You will leave with a good grasp of the history of diversity efforts in open source and inspiration to connect with at least one of them!

Speakers
avatar for Marina Zhurakhinskaya

Marina Zhurakhinskaya

Senior Outreach Specialist, Red Hat
Marina Zhurakhinskaya is a Senior Outreach Specialist focused on open source community diversity and inclusion at Red Hat. She co-organizes Outreachy, a mentorship and internships program that helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 3:40pm - 4:20pm PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

4:25pm PDT

Eliminating Biases and Encouraging Diversity - Swarna Podila, Avi Networks
Let's admit it, if we are not actively inclusive, then we are excluding. A successful team (and hence the organization) can achieve success by encouraging diversity in thought, opinion, background, creativity, and gender, among many other factors. In this session, I will share my story about how I started as a little caterpillar in South India and metamorphosed to a Product Marketer in South Bay Area with a strong community around me. I will share the aspects that have worked well along with the ones that haven't worked for me and in my community.

Speakers
avatar for Swarna Podila

Swarna Podila

Head of Product Marketing, Avi Networks
Swarna Podila leads the product marketing function at Avi Networks. Prior to Avi Networks, Podila has led product marketing functions at smaller organizations such as Mocana and large enterprises such as Citrix and Symantec. Podila feels strongly about diversity and strives to bring... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 4:25pm - 5:05pm PDT
Gold 1
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any

4:25pm PDT

SUSI AI - Intelligent Open Source Personal Assistant as a Tool for Women Empowerment - Hong Phuc Dang, FOSSASIA
The SUSI AI project is inspired by personal assistants like Alexa Echo or Siri. However, the Open Source AI is programmed with Skills (AI Conversational Rules) by women in Vietnam and across Asia. Our goal is to make young women self-aware of their abilities, to encourage them to take part in technological development and take control of technology and their lives as artists, engineers, and developers or any way they like.

SUSI is capable of chat and voice interaction and by using APIS to perform actions such as music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information. Additional functionalities can be added as console services using external APIs. Susi AI is able to answer questions and depending on the context will ask for additional information in order to perform the desired outcome. The core of the assistant is the Susi AI server that holds the "intelligence" and "personality" of Susi AI.

Speakers
avatar for Hong Phuc Dang

Hong Phuc Dang

Founder, FOSSASIA
Hong Phuc Dang is the founder of FOSSASIA, the Open Source organization from Asia with the goal to bring together a global community to develop Open Tech solutions to form a better future. Hong Phuc steers the organization, directs project teams and runs events like the annual FOSSASIA... Read More →



Thursday September 14, 2017 4:25pm - 5:05pm PDT
Gold 2
  Diversity Summit
  • Experience Level Any