Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

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Programming Diversity

It's been scientifically proven that more diverse companies and communities create better products and the solutions to complex problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Additionally, diverse companies tend to make more money, have more customers, and be more innovative. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our company websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years?

In this talk we’ll examine the causes behind the lack of diversity in our communities, events, and workplaces. We’ll discuss what we can do as community members, event organizers, and co-workers to not only combat this problem, but to encourage positive change by contributing to an atmosphere of inclusivity.

Ashe Dryden

Ashe Dryden is an indie developer living in Madison, WI. She's been involved with the web in some form or another over the course of the past 12 years. Ashe is known for being outspoken about the need for diversity, inclusiveness, and empathy. She's currently writing a book on increasing diversity within companies. When she isn't discussing technology or it’s intersection with culture, she's cycling, tweeting, playing board games, debating the social implications of Star Trek episodes, being that awkward girl at the party, and waiting for her next burrito fix.