Explicit Invitations: Passion is Not Enough for True Diversity

A session at Open Source Bridge 2014

Wednesday 25th June, 2014

9:00am to 9:45am (PST)

Open Source suffers from a lack of diversity. Underrepresented populations, for systemic reasons, might never show up unless Open Source communities 'hack' themselves through explicit invitation & removing barriers to participation. Mozilla is funding two pilot studies designed to explicitly reach out to underrepresented groups in open source today. Seeking people who like to solve problems and then engaging them in a 6 week, full time accelerator program we hope to explore the question: Can we seed our communities by hacking the social/cultural/systemic issues in order to gain technical contributions from a more diverse set of minds and give to participants an experience in tech that might have long term benefits to them?

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Lukas Blakk

Creator & Developer for Ascend Project, Mozillian

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Time 9:00am9:45am PST

Date Wed 25th June 2014

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