Diversity & Inclusion in tech with #AlterConf Berlin

Diversity and inclusion in Tech are topics that have been with me for quite some time, both as a former tech worker and on my journey to becoming a gender professional. After years of working in diverse and not so diverse environments in tech and elsewhere, my time in academia was essentially spent living and breathing feminist approaches to diversity and inclusion.

More recently, I’ve begun to think about diversity and inclusion in tech from a consulting and training perspective that draws on both of those backgrounds. I’m working on a series of workshops and materials designed to help tech start-ups and teams on their journey to applied diversity and inclusion in tech. That is, practical and pragmatic things to do (and not do) to turn work environments into welcoming spaces for diverse teams.

If you’re interested in collaborating on this project, or if you would consider becoming a test client for an engaging workshop on diversity and inclusion in tech, please get in touch anytime!

While I’m not quite ready to make this work publicly available yet, working on designing these workshops includes a lot of reading, observing, and learning more about how different organisations, companies, and events approach diversity and inclusion in tech in their practice.

In the process, I attended AlterConf Berlin a few days ago, a travelling conference about diversity and inclusion in Tech and Gaming. AlterConf had been on my radar for quite a while, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to attend the conference, and even write about it.

I was particularly interested in AlterConf because its mission is so specific to diversity and inclusion in tech:

AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer spaces for everyone.

The conferences go beyond the limited definitions and basic discussions of diversity to create a deeper, more nuanced conversation. Each conference features a wide range of speakers delivering critical analyses of tech and gaming culture and presenting their vision for what our community can be.

I’ll link to my write-up as soon as I can, but it might be a while until it’s published. In the meantime, here comes my curated selection of tweets from a day at AlterConf in Berlin.