On October 22nd, Diversitechy organized Victoria’s first Diversity Hackathon – an event focused on developing strategies for improving diversity in the local tech scene. In an “unconference” style hackathon, conversations ranged from how to ensure events and media are inclusive, to how to moderate unconscious biases that affect hiring.
The day started with a panel, featuring Dr. Lisa Gunderson from One Love Consulting and Jen Reiher from Steps Forward, and Kingsley Strudwick (me!) from Ambit. While we all came from different backgrounds, we all had a similar approach to diversity in the workplace. Whether addressing ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, economic status, religion, or age – we all believed that centring the needs and desires of those marginalized was an important principle to live and work by.