Liveblogged at HOPE X.
In this Meet-Up we broke out into groups to talk about common problems related to diversity in tech and to brainstorm solutions. This documents the reports that each breakout group gave.
Problem: How to balance radical inclusion with creating safe spaces for minorities?
Solution: Encourage meaningful interactions that go beyond "don't do this."
Solution: Make space sometimes available to closed groups.
Problem: Tech has an image of lacking diversity, which turns people off.
Solution: Help diverse communities develop technical skills internally.
Problem: Differences in ingrained communication styles. The loudest voice often wins.
Solution: Employ different techniques, e.g. roundtables. Encourage a focus on awareness of language, such as gender neutrality.
Problem: How to move from being unaware of a lack of diversity to making improvements.
Problem: Narrow definitions of success, such as entrepreneurial stereotype.
Problem: Lack of buy-in on importance of diversity.
Problem: People taught from an early age that they can't do tech.