Molly de Blanc - "Fundraising (and spending) for diversity" (ATO, Raleigh, NC)
Oct 23, 2017 12:00 AM
Oct 24, 2017 12:00 AM
FSF campaigns manager Molly de Blanc is going to be speaking at All Things Open (2017-10-23–24).
A roundtrip ticket from Boston to Raleigh costs $250. Hotel rooms regularly run around $150 a night. When adding in the cost of registration, meals, and even public transit fares, conferences run a pretty high price tag. Attending conferences is no longer just a nice perk of being in tech–it’s a necessary expense to be involved, in touch, and competitive. For those of us involved in free software projects, traveling to events is an opportunity to work with our friends, and also really feel like we’re part of the communities where we spend so much of our energies.
At the same time, technology in general—and especially free software—has a huge diversity problem. In order to increase representation in communities, we have to help people show up and, increasingly, this includes offering scholarships and financial aid to help get people to conferences and other events.
In this session, we’ll discuss how to raise (and subsequently spend) money for good, how we can reach out to people who might not otherwise come, and the personal and professional benefits acquired from in-person participation at events.
Location: room number TBD, 300 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh Convention Center, NC
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