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On Diversity in Conferences

Previously… Edge Conference released their panellist lineup, and it was exclusively white male at the time of announcement. This didn’t go down well in some quarters. Matt Andrews wrote Diversity in tech: still an issue in 2013? and many supportive and dismayed tweets followed.

I’m not here to defend Edge Conf but I hope that as someone who speaks at conferences I can add a little something to the debate. Obviously being a white, male, conference speaker I have some self-interest in this, but I also hope that doesn’t preclude me from having an opinion; I’ve already had one reply to a comment I made on Twitter which said “your tweet would be interesting if you weren’t a white dude” — despite a white dude’s blog post kicking this whole thing off…

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I’ve updated my Speaking page to include more conferences, more videos, and a little on my speaking requirements and preferences. I’m planning to cut down on the number of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to interesting offers and opportunities, so please get in touch if you’re organising an event.

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