Diversity at droidcon Vienna
We believe into the importance of diversity. Having a broader set of people with different backgrounds at the conference will make it a better event for everybody.
Safe Environment for Everyone
We will ensure that droidcon Vienna will be a safe place for everyone. This is why we have a Code of Conduct, and this is why we will take the steps necessary to enforce it if necessary. Harassment will not be tolerated. All attendees are welcomed at our event, no “jokes” of any kind around sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disabilities will have a place.
As a small step towards increased diversity we have offered diversity tickets to underrepresented groups. Women, transgender & non-binary people, people of color and disabled people were invited to apply for a diversity ticket.
Till end of August eight applications have been received and everyone has been provided with a free diversity ticket.
We strive in having a better diversity in our speaker set. To reduce unconscious bias, the talk proposals are first reviewed anonymously. The Program Committee does not know the speakers’ gender or race when rating the submissions. In a second step we deliberately upvote speakers from diversity groups. This does not overrule good content – the best content will still be the winner – but it adds a small twist towards underrepresented groups.
At the end of the process about one third female speakers have been selected. In addition four female speakers had to withdraw their proposal which resulted in the final speaker set with 20% female speakers.
These are small steps and we will continuously measure and review the situation. And if you have specific ideas how we can make droidcon Vienna even more inclusive then please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org!