Monthly Meeting – August/2015: The Mega Meetup

We are smack in the middle of summer and this month we decided to spice things up and do something special: a joint meetup between AmsterdamPHPAmsterdam WordPressGirls in TechWomen in Techand DomCode with ample opportunity to meet some new people & catch up with the old.

As we are mixing things up a bit, we’ve asked Juliette Reinders Folmer and Wouter Groenewold to present their acclaimed keynote about Diversity in IT.

Agenda

19:00 – 19:30: Welcome with drinks & snacks
19:30 – 19:45: Intro
19:45 – 20:30: Talk
20:30 – ??:??: Networking with drinks & food

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.

To this end, Wouter and Juliette will take a look at what each of us can do today and tomorrow to help us move towards a healthier and more economically sane industry.

About the speakers:

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

Wouter and Juliette are running this project to highlight diversity in the IT community and to encourage more diversity.

They would very much like to use the wisdom of the crowds and are currently running a survey on to this end. The answers they receive will be used as input for the talk.

We 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!

Speed-networking

As this mixed meetup is an ideal opportunity to meet some new people, you can participate in a speed-networking session during the networking part of the evening.

If you’d like to participate, make sure you bring some business cards & add your name to the speed-networking hats at the beginning of the evening!

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