Diversity Programs

The Linux Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion and we urge all members of the open source community to conduct themselves with appropriate professionalism and respect in accordance with our Code of Conduct.

We strive to build inclusive communities through investment in programs, career development, and events that provide opportunities to underrepresented and disadvantaged groups around the world.

We believe the power of collaboration is greater when many different perspectives are included and that’s why we provide financial and non-financial resources, such as booths at events, training scholarships, travel assistance and more. The Linux Foundation has engaged for many years in initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion in our communities, including #YesWeCode, All Star Code, Blacks In Technology, ChickTech, CodeChix, Girls in Tech, Kids on Computers, Outreachy, Powering Potential, Women in Big Data, and Women Who Code.

Featured Organizations That The Linux Foundation Supports

#YesWeCode is a national initiative to help 100,000 young women and men from low-opportunity backgrounds find success in the tech sector.

AllStar Code is a nonprofit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science. We are dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry.

ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.

Blacks In Technology is a global platform for black women and men in technology. We are “Stomping the Divide” by establishing standards for world class technical excellence. BIT serves members through community, media and mentorship. We provide resources, guidance and challenge members to establish new standards of innovation.

The Chasing Grace Project is a documentary series about women in tech. It includes six episodes, each focused on a different topic within the women in tech narrative. From the pay gap, online harassment and female entrepreneurship to access to the best jobs, the decision to leave or stay in tech and the role of male allies, the series will illustrate how we pave the way forward.

CodeChix is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Education, Advocacy and Mentoring, of women engineers in industry and academia.  We aim to increase the number of women engineers in industry through our technical and mentoring/networking programs.

Gather’s focus is to create fun, high quality, and educational experiences. Built for those who identify as women, wishing to engage in environments structured to encourage productivity and for becoming our personal best, regardless of circumstance.

Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology.

The Linux Foundation and Goodwill Industries have developed a program called “Extended Learning Linux Foundation Scholarship Program,” which will increase access to Linux and open source training certification to underserved communities.

Kids on Computers is a nonprofit organization comprised of a group of volunteers setting up computer labs in areas where kids don’t have access to technology. Kids on Computers brings computers and free and open source software to disadvantaged kids.

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. They provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year, and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations. Many of The Linux Foundation’s projects also have sponsored interns through this outreach program.

Collaborating with government officials and heads of schools, Powering Potential designs and implements two Educating-Through-Technology programs: a Computer Lab program and a Pi-oneer program.

Women in Big Data initiative is a grassroots community to inspire, connect, grow and champion success of women in big data by making awareness and providing training, networking and mentorship to advance women’s career in big data field.

Women Who Code (WWCode) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.