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Open Source Summit North America (Vancouver, Canada + Virtual)

May 10, 2023 - May 12, 2023

Open Source Summit is the premier event for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems, and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem. It is the gathering place for open-source code and community contributors. Join us for the Open Source Summit North America, hosted in Vancouver, Canada, and virtually on May 10-12.

John Mertic, Executive Director for Open Mainframe Project, and Cynthia Coupe, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, co-chairs for SDDI (Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project will be on-site to give an overview of the project.

On Wednesday, May 10 at 12:05-12:45 pm PDT, join the session titled “Lean in: Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion Project

“Openness” has always been a core principle in open source. It’s designed to grant everyone with the ability to use, update and distribute source code for any purpose. Unfortunately, open doesn’t always mean everyone feels welcome. Like the broader tech industry, open source has a diversity problem. Though anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute – many under-represented groups like women, minorities, parents, non-technical contributors, members of the LGBTQ+ and more have shared stories of the challenges they’ve faced in open source communities. The Linux Foundation believes that people of vastly different backgrounds, nationalities, orientations, and identities create stronger communities that produce better outcomes and more robust technologies. Re-launched earlier this year, the Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project is dedicated to improving this. The mission of SDDI is to discover, evaluate, and promote best practices from research and industry to increase diversity and inclusion in software engineering. In this session, attendees will learn more about SDDI, its goals and how to get involved. Add this to your schedule here.

On Thursday, May 11 at 11 -11:40 am PDT, join the session titled, “Hidden Differences: How to be Inclusive When you Don’t Know – Cynthia Coupe, OARS 

Workplaces and managers are being asked to be all inclusive for their workers, but what does this mean? How can you be inclusive if you don’t know there is a difference? Sometimes we have employees who don’t even know they are neurodivergent, so how do we navigate this in the workplace to be inclusive of all people, whether or not their differences are hidden, known or unknown? How can we create an environment where everyone is supported if we don’t even know what who or what we are supporting?

This presentation will address these issues and provide some guidance as to how to make an inclusive workplace, what inclusive attitudes are and why this is important for everyone. Add this to your schedule here.

On Thursday, May 11 at 2:55-3:35 pm PDT, join the session titled, “Squashing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Bugs in Open Source Projects: How to Find and Resolve Common “DEI Bugs” –  Georg Link, SDDI member and Direct of Sales at Bitergia

Open source software projects are hyper-collaborative environments but surveys reveal that project members lack diversity. There are many reasons why open source projects appear uninviting to people of underrepresented groups. We would consider these reasons “bugs” if the system was software. This talk uses the idea of DEI bugs to discuss how we can identify where open source projects fall short in being inviting and inclusive. The goal of this framing is to find ways to squash these bugs and bring out the potential of everyone who has an interest in our open source projects. A concrete suggestion is to walk in the shoes of others and take a fresh look at your project. The audience will learn actionable steps to take a new look at their own open source projects and start making a positive difference. This revised talk adds a discussion of common DEI bugs, where they come from, and how we can resolve them. [notes to program committee:] We revised this talk based on feedback that the talk could be improved with more examples and guidance. We walk faster through the steps of identifying DEI bugs and added a discussion of common DEI bugs, based on peer-reviewed research. Add this to your schedule here.
To register for the conference or learn more about the schedule, visit the main Open Source Summit North America website here.


May 10, 2023
May 12, 2023
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