One of the great strengths of open source is that it provides opportunities for everyone. Regardless of background, age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or religion, everyone can benefit from and contribute to some of the most important technologies ever developed.
Yet we know that many groups remain underrepresented in the open source community, which is why The Linux Foundation engages in efforts such as providing diversity scholarships for our training and events and sponsoring organizations such as Women Who Code, Code.org, Blacks in Technology, All Star Code and more.
As part of this ongoing effort, The Linux Foundation is proud to announce we have entered into a partnership with Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology.
This partnership will provide Girls in Tech with free and discounted tickets to a range of Linux Foundation events, free space to exhibit at those events and/or to host hackathons and bootcamps, and more. Our goal is to help more girls and women to become involved in, and contribute back to, the open source community.
The 15 events covered in this partnership include:
• MesosCon Europe 2016
• Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2016
• OpenDaylight Summit 2016
• ContainerCon/LinuxCon Europe 2016
• Embedded Linux Conference/OpenIoT Summit Europe 2016
• CloudNativeCon/KubeCon 2016
• Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe 2016
• MesosCon China 2016
• Node Interactive North America 2016
• Embedded Linux Conference/OpenIoT Summit North America 2017
• Open Networking Summit 2017
• Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon North America 2017
• Cloud Foundry Summit North America 2017
• OpenDaylight Summit 2017
• Open Source Summit North America 2017
• MesosCon North America 2017
Those interested in participating should follow Girls in Tech on social media for more information and offers.
There’s always more we can do to improve diversity in the open source and technology communities in general. Partnerships such as this one are just one element of that effort, and we encourage everyone in the community to contribute their time, energy and resources to making open source accessible to everyone. Learn more about The Linux Foundation’s community giving initiatives.