Inclusion & Diversity in Open Source

Monday, October 19

A one-day event dedicated to a vital topic




The 2020 Inclusion & Diversity event will feature traditional talks and panel discussions around a variety of predetermined inclusion subtopics. Subject matter experts, community and company leaders, and technologists of all types will attend and participate.

Selected topics to be covered include:

  • Bias and Discrimination in Machine Learning
  • Ensuring access to the underrepresented
  • Inclusion & Diversity Best Practices
  • The CS educational component / higher ed
  • How to be an ally
  • The role of diversity of thought on product development
  • How to be old in tech
  • Inclusion & Diversity at the executive level


More than 500 people from all over the world and the U.S. attended and participated in 2019 at the in-person event in Raleigh, NC USA. The discussions and related networking were tremendous, as confirmed in post-event attendee surveys as well as in-person feedback.

Select speakers and panel members in 2019 included:

Event Schedule

Inclusion and Diversity Event
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Inclusion & Diversity 1
Welcome and Overview to Diversity and Inclusion Event
Danese Cooper
Inclusion & Diversity 1
Tech Access to the Underrepresented
Jason Brewer
Johnny Preyer
Inclusion & Diversity 1
Underrepresented Inclusion & Emerging Technologies
Dr. Rochelle Newton
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Inclusion & Diversity 1
How to be Old in Tech
Lisa Smith
Inclusion & Diversity 2
How Diversity in Thought Builds Better Products
Vasudha Swaminathan
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Featured Talks Day 1
Executive Panel: Best Practices
Danese Cooper
Wendy John
Ndu Emuchay
Demetris Cheatham
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Inclusion & Diversity 1
Pressure and Privilege: When You’re the Only One in the Room
Koren Townsend
Clarence Clayton
Inclusion & Diversity 2
Panel Discussion: Education and Open Source
Danese Cooper
Ellen Spertus
Greg Hislop
Heidi Ellis
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Inclusion & Diversity 1
2 for 1: How to be an Ally/Being A Better Ally
Guy Martin
Susan Wands
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Inclusion & Diversity 1
Wrap-Up discussion with speakers + final comments
Danese Cooper
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm