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Thursday, February 16 • 10:00am - 10:20am
Keynote: Creative Approaches To Diversity - Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla

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Diversity as survival strategy: we need to be deliberate about it, and create space for the coming wave of hackers and entrepreneurs

If the open source movement of 20 years ago was about “taking down big software”, it gave rise to “big Internet” and much of the hacker culture we still see today.

It’s important to think about who was able to participate in open source in this period: overwhelmingly white middle class men in their mid 20s with decent access to required technology and few other commitments. This had implications for the overall culture of the movement. To this day, diversity and inclusion are down.

We take two approaches to this problem: we need to be deliberate about community norms. You don’t have to concern yourself with the morality of diversity to think that managing communications to keep people engaged in your project is good business. A great example is the FOSS Heartbeat project. Secondly, we need to create spaces for the hackers of the future. They are not going to look like us, and they will reject rules imposed by us. 

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Katharina Borchert

Chief Open Innovation Officer, Mozilla, Mozilla
As Mozilla’s Chief Open Innovation Officer, Katharina Bochert serves as the senior executive broadly responsible for open innovation, in terms of our community management, participation systems, and non-commercial partnerships with organizations to advance product, technology and... Read More →

Thursday February 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:20am PST
Grand Sierra Ballroom