Diversity Matters

This month’s talk is a keynote-in-the-making, “Diversity matters”. Wouter and Juliette are running this project to highlight diversity in the IT community and to encourage more diversity in this homogeneous bastion.

They’d really like to use the wisdom of the crowds, so they are currently running a survey on http://survey.diversitymatters.it/2015 to this end. We really encourage you to fill out the questionnaire and let your voice be heard with smart solutions for now and the future. Also, please help them by spreading the word about the survey far and wide!

Furthermore, because we like the hands-on approach, we’re adding a “Diversity challenge”: Let’s make this meetup the most wildly diverse group of people we possibly can!

In practical terms, this means we’re asking you to invite someone along who you think would increase diversity – for an evening of multiple perspectives (and free drinks 😉

There is no prize or winners cup, but you’d know that you are actively participating in making IT a better place. And that is a wonderful thing.

19:00 – 19:20: Welcome with drinks & snacks

19:20 – 19:30: Intro by SweetlakePHP

19:30 – 20:30: Diversity Matters by Juliette Reinders Folder & Wouter Groenewold

20:30 – 20:45: Break

20:45 – 21:30: Group discussion

21:30 – 21:45: Raffle, Announcements, Feedback

21:45 – ??:??: Networking and drinks

Talk: Diversity Matters

While some IT companies are slowly trying to make a difference, the IT industry is still a pre-dominantly white male domain.

In every industry where the work-force has shifted – often over a thirty year period – from severely limited diversity to a diverse work-force, you’ll find that both productivity as well as profitability has increased.

Taking into account the enormous shortage of IT professionals world-wide, the time has come to accelerate this much-needed shift.

In this talk we’ll look at some of the psychological and sociological aspects which inhibit the change to a more diverse workforce in the IT industry. But we don’t stop there: we all are in an unique position to contribute to this change, so let’s discuss what each of us can do today to move towards a healthier and more economically sane industry.

About: Juliette Reinders Folder & Wouter Groenewold

Juliette and Wouter are both seasoned developers from different backgrounds who care about this community and the IT industry in general.


What? No raffle items?? Help!


Finance Matters – drinks & location
Future500 BV – hotdogs

Transip – server
O’Reilly media – discount on all books

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