February 29, 2016

The Linux Foundation Partners with Women Who Code to Increase Diversity at 2016 Events


Part of our mission at The Linux Foundation is to bring more people into the open source community, which involves reaching people who have traditionally been underrepresented in open source specifically and technology generally.

As part of this continuing effort, we are proud to partner with Women Who Code to provide free passes and 20 percent discounts for their members and subscribers to attend The Linux Foundation’s various events around the world. Women Who Code was created in 2011 and is best known for its weekly publication the CODE Review and free technical study groups, hack nights, career development, and speaking events featuring influential technology industry experts and investors. Their focus on education aligns with our goal to  increase access to Linux and open source learning materials, helping to grow the Linux and open source talent pool, increases diversity in technology and provides the pathway to the most lucrative jobs in IT.

Our team works hard to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented communities contributing to technology development through a variety of initiatives. Specific to our events, these initiatives include offering diversity scholarships to attend events, onsite childcare, mothers’ rooms, and enforcing a respectful code of conduct for attendees. We also recently announced a partnership with Goodwill to increase access to Linux training and certification to disadvantaged populations.

The Linux Foundation open source events where free passes and 20 percent discounts (using code WWCODE20) are available include:

  • Open Networking Summit (March 14-17, Santa Clara, CA)

  • Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit (April 4-6, San Diego, CA)

  • Vault (April 20-21, Raleigh, NC)

  • Apache: Big Data North America (May 9-12, Vancouver, BC)

  • ApacheCon North America (May 11-13, Vancouver, BC)

  • MesosCon (June 1-2, Denver, CO)

  • LinuxCon + ContainerCon North America (August 22-24, Toronto, ON)

  • LinuxCon + ContainerCon Europe (October 4-6, Berlin, Germany)

  • Embedded Linux Conference Europe (October 6-7, Berlin, Germany).

"The Linux Foundation sets the example for other organizations that want to increase the number of women contributing to technology development," said Zassmin Montes de Oca, WWCode Board Vice Chair. "We look forward to their continued sponsorship to propel women's careers in technology."

We look forward to meeting and working with women from the program and helping them to advance their careers and contributions in the open source community.

For more information about our events, including codes of conduct and diversity scholarships, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/

To become a member of Women Who Code, please visit: https://www.womenwhocode.com/donate. You may also subscribe to Women Who Code’s Code Review newsletter to receive information about these and other technology event discounts at https://www.womenwhocode.com/.

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