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Thursday, September 2 • 13:00 - 13:30
Unlock the potential of openness through diversity

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Although open source strives to bring people together with varying backgrounds and experiences, it can be hard to break into this space, especially for underrepresented groups in technology. For example, women make up more than 51% of the US workforce, more than 20% of the technology workforce, and less than 2-3% of the open source software (OSS) community.[1] And of course, these statistics only reflect one of many types of diversity. Unless we actively champion the cause to make the OSS community a more inclusive space where people feel safe to offer diverse perspectives, we will not realize the full potential of working the open source way. In this presentation, Kate Carcia and Arnaldo de Melo discuss their experiences helping others to break into the OSS community and why it matters. Kate discusses her perspectives as a manager on diversifying hiring practices and supporting engineers working on the upstream Linux kernel. Arnaldo shares his experiences as a technical mentor to engineers seeking to contribute to the upstream Linux kernel, where he currently serves as the maintainer for the perf subsystem. Attendees leaving this presentation, whether in a manager or individual contributor role, will understand the impact they can have in creating a more welcoming space in the OSS community and how doing so can lead to better outcomes for the community itself and end-users consuming the software we build together. [1] https://events.linuxfoundation.org/mentorship-session-diversity-in-open-source-software/

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Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Maintained IPX, LLC, Appletalk protocols. Refactored the TCP/IP stack to reuse non TCP specific parts. Implemented the Linux DCCP stack. Created pahole, a tool to help in optimizing data structures, used in Linux, glibc, KDE, xine & others. Maintainer of
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Kate Carcia

Associate Engineering Manager, Red Hat
I am an Associate Manager in the Core Kernel engineering group at Red Hat. I am passionate about caring for others through emotional intelligence and using my organizational skills to make messy situations neat. As an engineering manager, I fulfill this passion by empowering others... Read More →

Thursday September 2, 2021 13:00 - 13:30 EDT