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Thursday, October 26


Bringing People Together with Open Source - Ori Rabin & Freddy Rolland, Red Hat
ROSE (short for Red Hat Open Source for Education) is a cross-community effort lead by Red Hat Israel that brings students from Tira and Ra'anana to the Red Hat offices to learn about the Linux operating system and Python programming. As part of the ROSE project, the students learn about Open Source, basic Linux shell skills, and Python programming. As a final project, they write an algorithm in Python for a self driving car in a race game. The project gives an excellent opportunity to 8th grade students to experience both the world of coding and communication with other communities that they are not regularly in contact with. How does this work? How can coding bring people from different cultures closer? Can we make it fun? In this session, we will present the project structure, the team activities, the code competition and our experience leading this project last year.

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Ori Rabin

Sr. Software Engineer, Red Hat
Ori is a senior software engineer. She has been working at Red Hat on the Foreman/Satellite team for the past 3 years. Ori has been involved in diversity projects, mentoring at Rails Girls and helping to organize Django Girls in Israel this year. | https://github.com/orrabin | h... Read More →
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Freddy Rolland

Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat
Freddy is a senior software engineer with over 15 years of experience, currently working at Red Hat's RHV Storage team. He is involved in local education initiatives, also mentoring at Hackatons and Django Girls event.

Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
Karlin I-III


Interrupting Bias - Deena Pierott, Founder, iUrbanTeen
Creating diversity in the workplace should be an essential goal for all organizations. and groups. However, decades of research show that people instinctively classify others by race and gender, and respond to one another based on stereotypes and social norms. Implicit biases often lead to inequalities in promotion and pay, and creates an environment of "not belonging", especially for women and underrepresented groups. However, there are tools you can use to recognize and interrupt bias. Bias won’t be totally eliminated – but let’s interrupt it and become more equity-minded and also understand that psychological safety is one of the most important factors to consider for interrupting bias and encouraging engaged participation – especially when challenged with difference.

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Deena Pierott

CEO, iUrban Teen
I'm a Social Entrepreneur, Diversity & Equity Consultant, President Obama's White House Champions of Change for Technology Inclusion and the Founder of iUrban Teen which is a STEM+Arts program that has served over 5,000 middle and high school students of color since 2011. Our pro... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
Karlin I-III


Every Day Opportunities for Inclusion and Collaboration - Nithya Ruff, Comcast & Erik Riedel, Dell EMC
Do you feel left out or uncomfortable at the company Christmas Party?
Do you avoid \\\"the water cooler\\\" and limit interactions to \\\"business only\\\"?
Do you find many such business-social interactions are fraught with potential landmines and opportunities for exclusion or misunderstanding?
Do you see colleagues excluded or unable to participate when activities are informal, under-structured, or Ill-organized?

This study in the NYTimes highlights how many of us are wary of the way business socializes today. 

This session will present a set of specific examples and stories from our direct experience of some of the less obvious opportunities for networking, learning, mentoring, and collaboration that are presented by ongoing day-job activities as well as thru outside events and forums.

Since much of successful mentoring and collaboration occurs informally, there are many unidentified or difficult-to-see barriers that can create missed opportunities. We believe that the desire to assist each other and collaborate is often present but unrealized. We will provide some examples of lowering the \\\"activation energy\\\" for such positive interactions and creating an equality of opportunity for colleagues and team members.

The examples we discuss are applicable to individual contributor employees, to leaders and managers, and to anyone with a job description OR a personal passion that includes mentoring or collaboration. These issues are not limited to technology workers or open source projects, but we believe that there are unique opportunities in these realms that are sometimes hidden or easily missed.

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Erik Riedel

Sr Director, Engineering, Dell EMC
Erik Riedel is Senior Director, Technology & Architecture for Dell EMC, responsible for the hardware & platform software scale-out object storage. Erik has been involved in scalable object storage and open source since graduate school. Before Dell EMC (8 yrs), Erik worked at Seag... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Senior Director, Open Source Prctice, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Sr. Director and the leader of the Comcast Open Source Practice. Most recently, she was the Director for Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She has also held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and E... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Karlin I-III


Coffee Break
Thursday October 26, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Karlin I-III


How Linux Changes Lives - Keerthana Krishnan, Baker Hughes, A GE Company
This talk explains how Linux is introduced to school students in government schools in the state of Kerala in South India, and how that is changing a generation of students by helping them to understand and get interested in the STEM careers early in their life.
The speaker will share her personal journey on how she started her own technical career through this movement, which improves the usage of Linux based OS(s) on personal systems. High school students in government funded schools now have access to modified Linux systems where students can learn and explore open source software with the help of trained teachers and volunteers. Grass roots programs in the regions to help improve technical skills and employability of students will be showcased in the context that despite the increasing populace worldwide, the adoption of Linux OS on personal systems still leaves much to be desired.


Keerthana Krishnan

Software Engineer, Baker Hughes
Keerthana Krishnan is a Software Engineer in Baker Hughes, a GE company. She participated in Google Summer of Code 2016 as an Intern for Debian OS with the project “Improving Voice Video and Chat in Free Software”. She's an international speaker for multiple events like DebCo... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Karlin I-III


Inclusive Team Dynamics; An Open Approach - Sabina Tumpachova, Red Hat
This talk will share the story of how Red Hat utilized an open collaborative approach to promote inclusion within our global teams. We identified 4 key themes for improving team dynamics; including other voices, diversity makes us smarter, embracing passionate dialogue to elevate performance and finally, avoiding unconscious bias to enhance meritocracy. Through an email campaign and online discussion forum, we engaged our the manager community in an open dialogue to share best practices for inclusive teams. Over a series of 4 months, we offered strategies on improving team dynamics and sought open feedback as managers tested these techniques within their teams. We asked managers to share their personal stories; from the challenges they faced within their teams to their successes or failures at implementing strategies to improve inclusion.

In this session, and in the spirit of open source, we’ll share these stories, tips for inclusion, and what we learned from this experience with you. We are now rolling out this learning on inclusive teams to all associates so they can support each other in building a diverse, inclusive meritocracy at Red Hat.

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Sabina Tumpachova

Talent Acquisition Partner, Red Hat
With an academic background in sociology and gender studies, Sabina's passion for people led her to pursue a career in Human Resources.  After 5 years in HR consulting, she joined Red Hat as a Talent Acquisition Partner where she hires candidates for consulting roles across Euro... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 11:30 - 12:00
Karlin I-III


Lunch Panel: Diversity & Inclusion: On the Path to Increasing the Ten Percent - Moderated by Guy Martin, Autodesk
The technology industry has been a major source of innovation and economic growth, but its ability to encourage diversity among its ranks lags. In 2016, women and underrepresented minorities accounted for 30% of the larger tech industry, while comprising roughly 10% of the Linux and OpenStack communities. To harness the full power of technology to tackle a broader set of societal challenges will depend, in part, on our ability to encourage a diversity of ideas, experiences and talent. Join us for an interactive discussion as we explore the numbers and what they mean, and in turn, discuss concrete, actionable steps that we can collectively take to foster a diverse, inclusive environment within our larger open source community.

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Guy Martin

Director - Open@ADSK, Autodesk
Guy Martin is Director of the Open@ADSK initiative at Autodesk, where he's responsible for overseeing the company's open source strategy, execution and collaborative projects, as well as representing the company in open source communities and organizations. He has over two decade... Read More →

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Dawn Foster

Consultant, The Scale Factory
Dawn is currently a part-time consultant at The Scale Factory and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Greenwich in London, which she plans to complete in early 2018. She spent more than 20 years working at companies like Puppet Labs, Intel, Jive Software, and more. She has exp... Read More →
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Daniel Izquierdo

CDO, Bitergia
Daniel Izquierdo is co-founder of Bitergia, a start-up focused on providing metrics and consultancy about open source projects. His main interests about open source are related to the community itself, trying to help community managers, organizations and developers to better unde... Read More →
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Jeffrey Osier-Mixon

Open Source Community Manager, Intel
Jefro works at Intel Corporation as the community manager for the Yocto Project and as an advisor to many other projects. He has been involved in embedded Linux for many years, and regularly speaks at Linux conferences worldwide.
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Nithya Ruff

Senior Director, Open Source Prctice, Comcast
Nithya A. Ruff is the Sr. Director and the leader of the Comcast Open Source Practice. Most recently, she was the Director for Western Digital’s Open Source Strategy Office. She has also held leadership positions at Wind River (an Intel Company), Synopsys, Avaya, Tripwire and E... Read More →
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Amye Scavarda

Gluster Community Lead, Red Hat
Implementer of sanity in fast-paced chaos. Pleasant, cheerful and competent in a sea of snark. Amye works at Red Hat as their Gluster Community Lead. She helps feed and water the Gluster.org community. Previously, she was a Drupal and DevOps project manager, expanding out the wor... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 12:00 - 13:30
Karlin I-III


First Steps: Running Your First Ever Diversity Survey - Sharan Foga, Apache Software Foundation
If we want to find out how diverse our open source communities are, where is the best place to start? Running a survey always sounds like a pretty straightforward task to accomplish this, and at the time it always does. During November/December last year, Sharan organised and ran the first ever diversity survey for Committers on Apache Software Foundation projects. In this presentation, Sharan shares her experience of running the survey, the results and some of the unexpected challenges involved along the way.


Sharan Foga

Independent Consultant
Sharan Foga is an Independent Consultant who has over 20 years in the IT industry working on the delivery and implementation of ERP and business systems. | She has been involved with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since 2008 and has presented at several conferences about... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 14:00
Karlin I-III


It Takes a Village - Judy Gichoya, LibreHealth
How do you spread the bug to learn and get engaged in technology when there is no exposure? This talk is on soft skills to spark interest in getting more women in computing. Judy will share her story growing up in rural Kenya, her accidental journey to technology through open source and how she is mentoring and helping other women and African students to join in open source. Judy serves as the project maintainer for LibreHealth radiology, and will share on her journey in health open source projects, failing in technology, mentorship and merging her passion of technology into a medicine career. By attending this talk you will learn soft skills on how to be a champion for diversity in technology in everyday activities.

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Judy Gichoya

Project Maintainer, Librehealth
Judy Gichoya has a passion for utilizing technology to save lives. A medical doctor from Kenya, she has worked with various open source health systems used in many developing countries as a developer, implementer and end user. Her passion in global health and informatics has seen... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Karlin I-III


The Attraction, Retention and Progression of Women in Senior STEM Roles - Saher Ahmed, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Women are critical to the success of WTSI and addressing gender balance at the highest levels has been prioritised, with this ambition being linked to core funding. Our staff surveys consistently support this sentiment - in our 2016 staff survey, over 92% of the responses on Equality and Diversity were positive. Impactful changes that have transformed the Genome Campus into a more attractive place to work have been catalysed by the Sex in Science Programme, such as strengthening aspects of recruitment, retention and workplace satisfaction. Career and leadership opportunities for women have been improved; with enhanced policies and better family friendly on-site facilities. By shining a spotlight on existing processes and practices and challenging the status quo, we demonstrate that it is possible to drive institutional and cultural change and shift the demographic of leadership.

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Saher Ahmed

Athena SWAN Project Manager, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Saher holds a BSc in Physics, MSc in Applied Radiation Physics and a PhD in Nuclear Physics (University of Birmingham). Saher’s research investigated the break-up of light nuclei using radioactive beams and she is a published author in this area.Saher has over a decade of experience of working on Diversity in STEM projects and has set-up national projects to tackle the under-representation of women in STEM. Saher currently manages... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 14:30 - 15:00
Karlin I-III


Coffee Break
Thursday October 26, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Karlin I-III


Your Career’s Biggest Ally: You - Nandhini Santhanam, Docker, Inc
Some things are under our control. And some things aren’t. Life’s like that for every one of us. For those belonging to an underrepresented demographic however, age-old societal beliefs about money, family and responsibility often manifest into unconscious biases which make the goalpost elusive. So how do you swim upstream and get to where you aspire to be? Where do you seek inspiration from? What tools can you leverage? Nandhini took charge. She decided where she was headed, and did not succumb to setting invisible barriers around herself. To Nandhini a successful career meant being happy, which translated to pursuing her heart and her dreams. Her conviction in herself led her onto a relatively unconventional path: starting with her pivot from a hardware engineer working on 64 nanometer chips to building large scale distributed systems as a software engineer. Nandhini’s eventual transition to a leadership role afforded the opportunity to not just build great products, but also build diverse, high-performing teams. In this session, Nandhini will share personal anecdotes about her professional choices. She will present her perspective on driving her career bus, and how that helped her plough through and not back off. Her perseverance, self-belief and confidence have been the sharpest tools in her kit. She hopes to inspire others to find their own toolkit to have a successful and rewarding professional career.


Nandhini Santhanam

Engineering Manager, Docker
Nandhini is an Engineering Manager at Docker. She is currently working on building a robust platform for trusted Dockerized Content and eventually grow Docker’s ecosystem. Prior to that, she has worked on technologies ranging from Video Compression to iOS development to Large S... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Karlin I-III


Patching Leaks or Digging Wells: Is The Pipeline Really The Problem? - Aoife FitzGibbon O'Riordan, Togán Labs
Where are the smart women at? If the answer isn’t “right here”, then why, and how do we fix that? Solutions to the problem of underrepresentation of women (and other groups) tend to focus on the leaky pipeline: how women fall away from the tracks and how we can keep them on board. But what if the problem happens before that? Smart, creative women are using their talents elsewhere. We need to find them where they’re at- to keep working on that pipeline, but at the same time to start digging our own wells. Increased diversity benefits us all. If we wait for the next generation to arrive, we miss out on this one. How do we do this? As one of those women, Aoife will share how Togán Labs are working to recruit, train, and benefit from the perspectives and skills of people from a wide variety of backgrounds.


Aoife FitzGibbon O'Riordan

COO, Togán Labs
Aoife is an inveterate social entrepreneur with a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator, ranging from English language teaching, to developing and teaching courses in social media for SMEs, to creating and delivering some of the first workshops on consent culture education for young people in Ireland, and founding Bi+ Ireland. She holds a First Class (Hons) MA in Sociology of Development and Globalisation from UCC, and teaches on Gender and Sexuality in in... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 16:00 - 16:30
Karlin I-III