WeAreDevelopers Diversity & Inclusion

At WeAreDevelopers we focus on establishing acceptance and inclusion in the everyday work environment. We value the diversity that each employee brings with their background regardless of ethnicity, culture, origin, gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.

As a young company, at WeAreDevelopers, we are attentive/conscious/mindful to the importance of a diverse and open company culture. We have already seen the power of workforce that comprises of people from different backgrounds. The level of creativity, solution-oriented thinking, and innovation that comes with the diverse experiences is higher with a more diverse group of individuals. 

WeAreDevelopers employs individuals from 12 nationalities in 3 office locations (Vienna, Berlin, Sarajevo), represents three major religions Judaism, Christianity, Islam and has a rate of 37% of women. The share of women in management positions comprises 33%. 

Our company language is English.

At the WeAreDevelopers Events we empower underrepresented groups by giving them the stage to share their knowledge and experiences. It’s crucial for our international events to bring together the perspectives of people with different backgrounds. 

We believe that diversity and inclusion is expressed by establishing a welcoming environment for everyone and creating a variety of formats that encourage people from underrepresented groups to participate. 

Participants 

At our last congress in Berlin (6-7th June 2019) we had a gender split of 28:72 female:male participants. 

At our first WeAreDevelopers Live week in May 2020 we had a 25:75 split of female participants to male participants, joining from 115 countries.

The entire WeAreDevelopers Live week was available for all developers for free.

Presenting the WeAreDevelopers Live week in this way allowed us to be more inclusive than ever.

We are constantly working on further improving this ratio. 

Speakers

The gender split of speakers at our previous physical conferences is as follows: WAD World Congress 2018 (30% female speakers), WAD World Congress 2019 (24%) and WAD Congress Vienna 2019 (36%).

At our WeAreDevelopers Live Week May 2020 we were able to reach a 32/68 split of female speakers to male speakers, joining from 11 countries.

We have ensured that our speakers and moderators are diverse from the outset, particular with regards to an equal gender split and diverse backgrounds/nationalities, in order to make all speakers whom we approached thereafter feel comfortable and welcome.

Our speaker selection and the coordination of our Call for Papers is taken care of by our Speaker Manager, Vesela Georgieva. Vesela has the task of creating an inclusive pool of speakers at the event, which includes all diversity dimensions.

Moderators: We embrace diversity amongst our moderators and always make sure that we have an equal gender split and diverse individuals moderating our stages. Our Main Stage moderator for the past two World Congresses has been Madeline McQueen, as depicted in our video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=joghxhhhOs0

Diversity Partners: In order to achieve the goal of making everyone feel welcome and included at our congress, we work with many different organisations around the world in order to attract a diverse and multicultural audience. These partners receive special rates (discounts) for congress tickets as well as free tickets for their communities, as well as support from WAD for their community activities, such as providing them with diverse speakers for their own events, promoting their events and activities in our communications and in return they promote our conference and send speakers to our events.

Diversity Fund: For every conference we have a diversity fund. This is a fund that sponsors pay into in order to give underrepresented groups the chance to be part of our conferences and present their ideas & thoughts. The fund sponsors “Diversity Tickets” for attendees (we distributed 400 Diversity Tickets at the World Congress 2018 in Vienna and over 500 Diversity Tickets at the World Congress 2019 in Berlin to underrepresented groups). Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to female participants, the LGBT target group, people of color, people affected by poverty, people affected by war, individuals with disabilities (visual or physical limitations), etc.

For all our WeAreDevelopers events we have published our Code of Conduct.

We are further convinced that diversity and an appreciative corporate culture are key drivers for creativity and corporate success. This is not only important internally but also for WeAreDevelopers’ Talent Management team, as workplace diversity (understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people) has become a hot button issue and a top priority for recruitment departments.

WeAreDevelopers is promoting diversity and inclusion in tech around the year internally, when hiring for our clients and at our events by supporting local communities, navigating networking opportunities and creating the space for knowledge exchange.

In addition, we proactively contact and partner with Universities and specialized colleges.

Goals

By advocating for diversity and inclusion internally and externally, WeAreDevelopers aims to:

  • Open and foster conversation around the topic
  • Create an inclusive environment for everyone in the IT community
  • Signing the Diversity Charter (Charter der Vielfalt) 
  • Signing the Charter der Vielfalt Österreich
  • Quantifiable goals for event participants (events organized by WeAreDevelopers like WeAreDevelopers World Congress, WeAreDevelopers Live Week):
    • > 30 % female participants at each WeAreDevelopers event
    • > 50 different nationalities among participants at each WeAreDevelopers event
  • Quantifiable goals for event speakers (events organized by WeAreDevelopers like WeAreDevelopers World Congress, WeAreDevelopers Live Week):
    Our Speakers & Program Management team is collaborating on ensuring all our events have a more diverse line-up of speakers, and who will continue to work on making our events safe, inclusive and welcoming for everyone.
    • > 30 % of female speakers
    • 10+ different nationalities among speakersFor events that are not exclusively organized by WeAreDevelopers, but in cooperation with other partners, WeAreDevelopers also attaches importance to diversity. In any case, the WeAreDevelopers Code on Conduct must be observed.
  • WeAreDevelopers Recruiting Service
    Our sourcing and interviewing processes are designed to prevent discrimination when it comes to gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or any other element which makes the talent unique.
  • Give a stage to underrepresented groups in tech and support local IT communities to grow
  • Support the LGBTI+ community the whole year, but especially during the Pride Month June (to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969)
    • Call4papers for the LGBTIQ+ dev community – Summer is Pride season! To celebrate love and to support inclusion, we set up a Call for papers for the LGBTIQ+ dev community and we are giving the LGBTIQ+ dev community a stage for Live sessions in the upcoming months (although, everyone is welcome).
    • Initiate different activities (like we’ve invited our Austrian dev community to join a Queer Vienna City Walk for Devs & Friends in June 2020, etc.)
  • Partnerships: We partner with organisations and NGOs who think like we do and make the world a better place. Organisations like Coding Girls (founded by Anna Radulovski), everyone codes (co-founded by Stefan Steinberger), Black Girls Code, Global Women in Tech (founded by Simona Sandru) and many more. With these partnerships we seek to promote the need for diversity on a global level, support diverse individuals, raised awareness for the importance of this topic and actively work on creating as much diversity as possible.
  • Accessibility for people with disabilities / barrier-free access to all events
    • Mobility Disabilities
      • Wheelchair Users (power-driven or manually operated wheelchairs or a three- and four-wheeled cart or scooter to maneuver through their environment)
      • Ambulatory Mobility Disabilities (including people who walk with difficulty or who have a disability that affects gait or balance.) Both people who use wheelchairs and those who use other types of mobility aids sometimes use service animals for assistance. 
      • Visual Disabilities (people with partial vision or total vision loss)
      • Hearing Disabilities – trying to offer sign language interpreters for future events
  • Participate in Divörsity 2020 – Österreichische Tage der Diversität
  • Diversity Fund: We’re working on expanding our diversity fund. This is a fund that sponsors pay into in order to give underrepresented groups the chance to be part of our conferences and present their ideas & thoughts. The fund sponsors “Diversity Tickets” for attendees. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to female participants, the LGBT target group, people of color, people affected by poverty, people affected by war, individuals with disabilities (visual or physical limitations), etc…
  • Support young people: Partnership with DaVinciLab allows us to provide coding courses to the participants’ children, while their parents are developing their dev skills in the grown up’s areas and support to develop the potential of children and young people. Partnering with CoderDojo allows us to support their vision: every child worldwide should have the opportunity to learn code and to be creative with technology in a safe & social environment.
  • Code of Conduct: We have a Code of Conduct that our partners, conference visitors (physical and online) and we ourselves must adhere to. We follow the rules therein very strictly and make sure that our Code of Conduct is observed

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