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DiversITy Matters - IPC

DiversITy Matters - IPC

Presented on June 10th 2015 at the International PHP Conference, Berlin, Germany.
While some of the older, more established IT companies are trying to make a difference, the IT industry is still a pre-dominantly white male domain. In every industry where the work-force has shifted – often over a thirty year period – from severely limited diversity to a divers work-force, you'll find that both productivity as well as profitability has increased. Taking into account the enormous shortage of IT professionals world-wide, the time has come to accelerate this much-needed shift. In this talk we’ll look at some of the psychological and sociological aspects which inhibit the change to a more diverse workforce in the IT industry. But we don’t stop there: we all are in an unique position to contribute to this change, so let’s discuss what each of us can do today to move towards a healthier and more economically sane industry.


Juliette Reinders Folmer

June 10, 2015


  1. Wouter Groenewold Juliette Reinders Folmer @diversity_IT Disclaimer This talk

    contains gross generalisations. These are not meant to be taken personally. Feel free to leave if you think you can’t deal with that.
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  6. What is Diversity ?

  7. Gender

  8. (41) Age

  9. Skin tone

  10. Ethnicity

  11. Believe system

  12. Body form

  13. Health

  14. Sexuality

  15. Living situation

  16. Conference experience

  17. Employment

  18. We are developers

  19. We diversity

  20. “Diversity is not about being equal, It is about celebrating

    the differences.”
  21. What’s in it for me ?

  22. Quality

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  29. Quality Economy

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  31. Quality Economy Success

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  34. Quality Economy Success

  35. Understanding

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  39. Tony Perez CEO & co-founder Sucuri Virginia Rometty President and

    CEO of IBM Padmasree Warrior CTO Cisco Rashmi Sinha CEO & co-founder Slideshare Tim Cook CEO Apple Sheryl Sandberg COO Facebook
  40. Photo by Claus Tom Christensen

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  43. Image credit: XKCD/385

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  46. Code wrangler ?

  47. Ninja ?

  48. Rockstar ?

  49. Enablers Top performers

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  53. If you want to be incrementally better: be competitive. If

    you want to be exponentially better: be cooperative.
  54. What can we do today?

  55. Government

  56. Employers

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  63. Conferences

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  70. Communities

  71. Photo by Clipp2nd

  72. Photo by Me! Migayi!

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  74. “It is time for parents to teach young people early

    on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ― Maya Angelou

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  79. Thank you! @diversity_IT