I think the Hackathon in Vienna is a good candidate to have a target (explicit or not) on women's participation. There is not only the childcare, we are also talking about workshops prior to the event (is it just me thinking that "bootcamp" is not the most woman-friendly term?), and we keep working on being explicit about safe spaces with the Code of Conduct for technical spaces.
Two interesting points of this post refer to things that we are NOT doing, and probably we should:
- We are not showing pictures of women participants. In fact, we have no pictures at all in our Hackathon sites. I agree that pictures showing participants and how the hackathon looks like would help not only women but also many newcomers feeling that this is an event for them.
- We are not emphasizing planned activities in advanced. In fact, we put all the stress explicitly in the unconference aspects of the hackathon in terms of improvisation and ad-hoc collaboration. I can see how this is not helping women and newcomers in general.
While the title talks about diversity, this first description focuses on women. This is because the topic of the blog post, also because working on a women-friendly event it is likely to work toward a diversity-friendly event in any case. Ideas for increasing participation of other groups are welcome.