Linux Foundation Supporting the Community

One of the many important contributions the Linux Foundation makes to the community is facilitating and supporting opportunities for the face-to-face collaboration necessary to spark new ideas and advance open source technologies.

We host a variety of events around the world each year, from summits gathering leading kernel maintainers to forums uniting the developers, operators, and users of Linux and open source software. Our events, spanning cloud computing to cybersecurity and encryption to drones, blockchain, data, motion pictures, energy grids, AI, automotive, telecommunications networks and so much more, contribute to the advancement of these platforms.

All of our events are designed to be welcoming places that encourage and support the diversity and inclusion of ideas, technologies, and most importantly, people. As such, we have gone beyond our code of conduct to ensure that women and minorities are represented on all panel sessions and in keynote line-ups.

We ask all speakers to take our Inclusive Speaker Orientation, created in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which is freely available to anyone online. We also provide a Diversity & Inclusion handout at event registration to give attendees an overview of our onsite offerings and a reminder on our Code of Conduct.

To help make our events accessible and inclusive to all, The Linux Foundation offers hundreds of free scholarships to our conferences based on need.

Diversity Empowerment Summit

As one of the first open source conferences to publish and enforce a code of conduct, the Linux Foundation hosts Diversity in Open Source events to enable women and other underrepresented individuals to meet and connect.

The Linux Foundation’s flagship event Open Source Summit holds a Diversity Empowerment Summit (DES) within the conference (in both North America and Europe) to open a dialogue on the need for increased diversity and inclusion efforts in the community. DES is a three-day track featuring more than 15 sessions specific to discussing diversity and inclusion issues in the community, and how we can work together as a community to combat them.

@ Linux Foundation Event Facts

At the Linux Foundation we work to ensure everyone feels welcome, safe and comfortable at our events by providing:

  • No all-male panels of speakers.
  • No all-male keynote line-ups.
  • Ongoing outreach to women and other underrepresented communities – To encourage attendance and speaking at our events.
  • We ask all speakers to take our Inclusive Speaker Orientation, created in collaboration with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which is freely available to anyone online.
  • Nursing Room – We provide a private nursing room at all events to aid in the comfort and accessibility of our nursing attendees.
  • Child Care – We offer free, complimentary childcare at all events.
  • Venue Accessibility – Venues are always wheelchair accessible. We provide information on event websites on wheelchair and medical equipment rental and offer assistance with any other special needs including those for the visually or hearing impaired.
  • Quiet Room – All events include a quiet room, a physical space where conversation and interaction are not allowed, where attendees can go if for any reason they can’t interact with others.
  • Communication Stickers – Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction for other attendees. Green = open to communicate; Yellow = only if you know me please; and Red = I’m not interested in communicating (or being videotaped or photographed) at this time.
  • Pronoun Stickers – Pronoun stickers are provided for all attendees at registration to add to their badges and share their preferred pronoun with other conference attendees.
  • Complimentary Non-Alcoholic Beverages available at all social events.
  • Non-Binary Restrooms –  Provided at all events.
  • Event Shirt Sizing – For all events offered in straight cut and fitted cut options only; we do not use ‘men’s’ and ‘women’s’ to delineate shirt options.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Handouts – Provided at event registration that give attendees an overview of our onsite offerings and a reminder on our Code of Conduct.
  • Event Code of Conduct Signage – Prominently displayed at all events.
  • Diversity Events – We hold special programming at many of our events, such as our Better Together Diversity Social and our Women in Open Source lunch, to give underrepresented communities the opportunity to network, share experiences and resources.
  • Speed Mentoring Programs – Available at our flagship Open Source Summit events in North America & Europe which have an emphasis on providing underrepresented attendees with technical and career mentorship and skills.
  • Kids Coding Workshops – Held alongside our flagship event each year to help provide local children (many of whom are from underrepresented communities) the opportunity to gain new skills. We reach out to local school districts and YMCAs to promote the complementary event.
  • Diversity Scholarships – Offered for underrepresented individuals at all of our events; over 250 diversity scholarships were provided in 2017 and 308 have already been given in 2018. In addition, we provide need-based scholarships to help people of varying economic means attend our events (100+ per year).
  • Diversity Travel Funding – We provide travel funding to underrepresented individuals interested in attending/speaking at our events. We spend over $150k+ a year for Linux Foundation events alone, with Linux Foundation projects providing additional funding for their events. One of the Linux Foundation’s fastest-growing projects, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, offered an additional $250,000 in funding to bring 103 attendees from diverse backgrounds to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events in 2017.
  • The Linux Foundation’s flagship event Open Source Summit holds a Diversity Empowerment Summit within the conference (in both North America and Europe) to open a dialogue on the need for increased diversity and inclusion efforts in the community. DES is a three day track featuring over 15 sessions specific to discussing the diversity and inclusiveness issues in the community, and how we can work together as a community to combat them.
  • We partner with diversity organizations to promote our diversity scholarship opportunities and to do outreach for speakers. We also offer booths at flagship events to diversity organizations at no cost.
  • We support the work of Outreachy interns by both being a sponsor of the program as well as providing them speaking opportunities at our events. In 2017, we had 5 Outreachy interns as speakers.
  • We support the work of tech diversity organizations by sponsoring other industry events and initiatives. In 2018, we’ve sponsored the Grace Hopper Conference and DevPulseCon (CodeChix annual event). For DevPulseCon, we also provided the organizer free event management assistance to produce the event.

Through these efforts, we have seen a change in the number of women and other underrepresented individuals who attend and speak at our Linux Foundation events. For example, women accounted for over 25% of attendees at Open Source Summit North America 2018 versus 10% when we hosted the event in 2011.

@ Linux Foundation Supporting the Community

The Linux Foundation underwrites and sponsors countless community events each year, including All Things Open, the Grace Hopper Conference for Women, Great Wide Open, and many more that provide important venues for sharing open source experiences and knowledge. By supporting these events, we are accelerating open source face-to-face collaboration and building more diverse and inclusive communities.

A Few of the Events that the Linux Foundation Organizes and Sponsors

All Things Open is the largest “Open” technology event on the east coast. The conference features some of the most well-known experts in the world, as well as introduce you to some new faces you’ll be hearing about for years into the future and featuring topics and technologies that will help attendees become better at what they do as well as better members of the community.

After the Facebook, Uber and Volkswagen scandals, where are we as an industry? How did we get here and will things get better or worse? 80% of developers don’t ultimately feel it’s their responsibility if unethical products go live. Are they right? We’ll be questioning who is responsible for the impact of tech products, for good and bad, and what they can do about it. Code doesn’t kill people, product managers do? Or maybe shareholders? CEOs? Developers? Or do we all need to be informed and responsible? This is a radically new discussion championing bottom-up, developer-driven ethics. How can we make technologists the last bastion of defence against unethical products? After all, we design, write and deploy them.

DevPulseCon is a two-day technical and educational micro-conference focused on women engineers, developers, users, administrators and geeks working in industry and academia. In 2018, we are expanding to include Product Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers and Engineering Managers to elevate the conversation and learning.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by AnitaB.org and presented in partnership with ACM.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities in Seattle, WA from December 10-13, 2018. Join Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing, Fluentd, gRPC, containerd, rkt, CNI, Envoy, Jaeger, Notary, TUF, Vitess, CoreDNS, NATS, Linkerd and Helm as the community gathers for four days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing.

The Linux Kernel Summit brings together the world’s leading core kernel developers to discuss the state of the existing kernel and plan the next development cycle. This three-day conference is invitation-only and focuses on development and innovation through sessions and workshops that encourage interaction and discussion between kernel developers and industry leaders.

TECH(K)NOW DAY provides a place and venue for anyone who identifies as a woman to go and learn new tech skills. If you are a woman in tech or a woman wanting to get into tech, then this is for you.

Additional Open Source Events the Linux Foundation has helped to Promote, Organize, and/or Sponsor

  • Ada Initiative’s Ada Camps
  • AGL Workshops
  • Ally Workshops
  • ARM Maintainer Workshop
  • CE Architects Meeting, Board Meetings, etc.
  • CloudNativeCon + KubeCon
  • Code & Learn
  • Community Leadership Summit
  • Community Management Workshop
  • Container Sprint (LFC Maintainers)
  • Database/Kernel Developer Interlock Meeting
  • DebConf
  • Dronecode Tech Summit
  • FLOCK
  • FOSDEM
  • GNU Tools Caldron
  • Great Wide Open
  • Hyperledger Global Forum
  • Kansas LinuxFest
  • Kernel Audio Mini Summit
  • Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA)
  • Linux Kernel Summit and Community Workshops
  • Linux Legal Summits
  • Linux Media Summit
  • Linux Security Summit
  • Linux Tracing Summit
  • LSF
  • LTSI
  • Node.js+JS Interactive
  • Ohio LinuxFest
  • Open Chain Workgroup
  • Open Printing Workgroup Meetings
  • Open Source Bridge
  • Open Source 101
  • OpenPrinting workgroup meetings
  • OpenSSL Meeting
  • OpenStack Summit
  • OSCON
  • Ovirt Workshop
  • Pulse Audio Maintainers Meeting and Mini-conf
  • Realtime Linux Workshop
  • SPDX Summit
  • Summit 10
  • Texas LinuxFest
  • Tracing Meetings
  • U-Boot Summits
  • UEFI Mini Summits
  • Women’s Resume Writing Workshop