Supporting Diversity at your event
One of the things I come across over and over again is how to increase diversity at an event, in particular tech events like meetups, workshops and conferences.
A number of years ago, I started a diversity programme for an Irish tech conference offering subsidised travel, accommodation, etc., and it was very, very labour intensive. I was going by what folks elsewhere (mainly Stateside and large European tech conferences) were doing. This includes accepting applications, reviewing them, discuss with organising committee on approving them or not, and following up with them. It’s not the best way, and many improvements can be made to make it easier on the organiser and applicants.
Since then, one conference in particular I always use as my reference point, the always amazing and friendly AlterConf:
AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for
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