Session: Diversity for Better Software: Pragmatic Reasons to Have Diverse Teams
In my past five years, I’ve been investigating and interviewing a series of developers about the problems of diversity in software. Both women and people of color still represent a smaller share of developers than they should. In this keynote, Shawn will talk about pragmatic reasons to diversity and add inclusion to make software better, not just for the social justice reasons. This is an extension of my documentary film called "Hello World".
- Realization that diversity is beneficial to the quality of work, not just for the social good.
- Only by understanding our shared history, can we recognize the contributions by people from different backgrounds.
- That our unconscious bias is a bigger threat to diversity in the tech field than prejudice and racism.
Shawn Wildermuth has been tinkering with computers and software since he got a Vic-20 back in the early ‘80s. He has been a Microsoft MVP, Pluralsight Author, and filmmaker. You can reach him at his blog at http://wildermuth.com or find out about his film at http://helloworldfilm.com.