Diversity and Inclusion

The diversity and inclusiveness of the Python community is one aspect of Python that makes it one of the most popular programming languages. With the help of sponsors and individuals interested in supporting diversity and inclusion, 155 developers of diverse backgrounds were able to attend the last four PyBays. We invite you to help spread the word of our diversity and inclusion outreach so that more people can participate!

Become a Diversity Sponsor Contribute as an individual Invite under-represented groups to PyBay Apply for Financial Aid to attend

Our Diversity and Inclusion Mission

Many of us have benefited from Python and the incredible community behind it. We'd like to pay it forward by developing future thought leaders with diverse background and perspectives, and that in turn, they will use their talents to benefit others.

To do so, our goals are to:

  • put together a high quality program with ~33% speakers from under-represented groups so we can learn from experts representing different perspectives
  • raise $20,000+ to offer financial aid and Diversity and Inclusion scholarships to those that want to attend.
  • dedicate Sunday to exhibit non-profit or community-run groups doing ordinary work
  • See how you can help
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Who might benefit?

  • Main talk speakers needing assistance to attend
  • People from under-represented groups (e.g. gender, color, sexual orientation)
  • Contributors to open source/community who are experiencing financial challenges
  • Students
  • Folks between jobs
  • Employees of non-profits
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Beneficiaries of Prior Diversity and Inclusion Drives

Through scholarships and work-trade programs, PyBay and it's sponsors have enabled 155 developers (45 devs in 2016, 35 devs in 2017 , 35 devs in 2018, 40 devs in 2019) to attend our community run conference

Omoju Miller

Omoju Miller

A PhD candidate when she received support to attend the inaugural PyBay, now a Senior Data Scientist at GitHub and a keynote panelist at a recent conference.

Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith

A student at UC Berkeley when he received assistance in attending PyBay2017, Ethan is contributing to static typing in Python and is also speaking at PyBay2019.

Darlene Wong

Darlene Wong

An inaugural PyBay speaker who needed financial aid to attend in 2017 is now helping organize PyBay2019

Abhilash Raj

Abhilash Raj

A student at Oregon State and a core developer of GNU Mailman when he received assistance to attend PyBay2016, Abhilash is now working at Linkedin's Python Foundation Team.

Candida Haynes

Candida Haynes

Delivered a lightning talk on blockchain technology for private data storage in PyBay2016, helped as a session runner in 2017 and is now paying forward as a mentor for software development fellows at Oakland Rising, Las Mujeras Unidas, and Communities United for Restorative Justice.

How You Can Support Diversity and Inclusion

Become a Diversity Sponsor

Be the hero to students, members of under-represented groups and others who need a little help to get to PyBay2020. Every dollar you contribute as a Diversity Friend or Advocate sponsor will go towards funding D&I applicants to experience the incredible learning and networking opportunity usually available to those who are privileged. As a thank you:

  • Diversity Friend Sponsors ($2,500) will get to include your promotional materials in PyBay's virtual swag bag, receive a 20% discount on conference tickets, have your praises sung in tweets, conference blog, marketing campaigns, scholarship recipients' announcements and PyBay's website
  • Diversity Advocate Sponsors ($5,000) will also have a 6ft table to exhibit on Sunday and your logo on conference T-shirt

Contact us to sponsor diversity

Contribute as an Individual

  • Encourage Python developers, especially those from under-represented groups, to attend PyBay.
  • Encourage diversity members to submit talks! We are looking for Python developers from all demographics, especially people from under-represented groups.
  • Register for the conference early! This helps us meet our target for diversity funding. If you have to cancel, we’ll issue you a partial refund and transfer the rest to the diversity fund. See the ticketing page for more details.

  • Make a donation
At Registration*Skipping PyBay

*As a thank you, we will issue you a 10% refund on your PyBay pass by August 30th if you donate $200+

Past companies supporting Diversity and Inclusion

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