Location: Anywhere in the world

August 17-18, 2020

Sponsored by Google, USA


Emerson Murphy-Hill, Google

Margaret-Anne Storey, University of Victoria

Denae Ford, Microsoft Research

Sophie Qiu, Carnegie Mellon University

This workshop is organized to raise awareness about developer diversity and inclusion challenges faced by industry today. Our intent is to understand these challenges more clearly, to brainstorm concrete goals to address them, and to gather recommendations and best practices to share with practitioners. We also aim to build a community of researchers and practitioners that share a passion to improve software developer diversity and inclusion.

Below, you may find details on the schedule and attendance. Read the final workshop report here.

Here is the link to last year’s workshop

Keynote speakers

Biao Xiang

Diversity and Heterogeneity The looming threat of another Cold War reminds us how easily the world can become divided — again. Differences were never truly eradicated by multiculturalism or globalization, no matter how much it was presumed they would. In this talk I wish to probe two ways of how differences are organised and presented: one is the mode of diversity, the other heterogeneity.

Diversity means varied styles, while heterogeneity means different natures. Diversity can be found in places like universities, the headquarters of the United Nations, the offices of Google, and international art festivals. In these places, people are visibly different, lead explicitly different lifestyles, and celebrate their differences, even if they may talk, think and act in similar ways. Meanwhile, we encounter heterogeneities in the peripheries of Calcutta, Johannesburg, or São Paulo, and in border towns in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Social activities of different natures entangle with each other: formal, and informal; legal, and illegal; licit, and illicit.

Diversity and heterogeneity are not mutually exclusive. There are abundant heterogeneities in places of diversity. Hierarchy in status is an important dimension of heterogeneity, for instance the divide between citizens, legal and illegal migrants, as well as between permanent staff, temporary workers and interns. Heterogeneities are the basis of how profits are made, and power sustained. But heterogeneities are not always critically scrutinized, and are sometimes masked as concerns about diversity. The growing app-based platform economy has multiplied heterogeneities—in labour relations, social status, and ideological positions.

Biao Xiang 项飙 is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Director of Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. Xiang’s research addresses various types of migration – internal and international, unskilled and highly skilled, emigration and return migration, and the places and people left behind – in China, India and other parts of Asia. Xiang is the winner of the 2008 Anthony Leeds Prize for his book Global Bodyshopping and the 2012 William L. Holland Prize for his article ‘Predatory Princes’. His 2000 Chinese book 跨越边界的社区 (published in English as Transcending Boundaries, 2005) was reprinted in 2018 as a contemporary classic. His work has been translated into Japanese, French, Korean, Spanish and Italian.

Saron Yitbarek

What I learned from 6 years of building CodeNewbie Saron shares the story of how she started her community-turned-company, CodeNewbie, the lessons learned along the way as an entrepreneur, a community manager, and a developer, and the impact of the acquisition on the future of the community.

Saron Yitbarek is the founder of Disco, a platform for audio courses on technical topics. She’s also the founder of CodeNewbie (acquired), a podcaster, speaker, and developer.

Talks and Slides

Speaker Name Talk Title    
Alexander Serebrenik Is 40 the new 60? How popular media portrays the employability of older software developers Video Slides
Ayushi Rastogi A Theory of Software Change Video Slides
Ita Richardson How can we include the EU Accessibility Directive in our on-line teaching materials? Video Slides
Dominique Wimmer Equity Engineering: Impact & Opportunity Video Slides
Stephanie Ludi Empathy, Opportunity and Inclusion in Accessible Design: a perspective from undergraduate CS education Video Slides
Carolyn Egelman Predicting Developers’ Negative Feelings about Code Review Video  
Yu Huang Investigaing Bias in Code Review using Medical Imaging and Eye-Tracking (and A Summay of Diversity Work at UM) Video Slides
Andrew Begel Experiences Running a D&I Program at ASE 2019 Video Slides
Denae Ford Conducting Covert x Overt Inclusion Research Video Slides
Rafael Prikladnicki Agile Inclusive Accelerator: a research and education program for an equitable tech future Video Slides
Anita Sarma Hidden Figures: Different Roles and Success Pathways in Open Source Video Slides

Registration, Attendance, and Schedule


Name Affiliation
Akond Rahman Tennessee Tech University
Alannah Oleson University of Washington
Alexander Serebrenik Eindhoven University of Technology
Alexandra Bugariu ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Amber Horvath Carnegie Mellon University
Amiangshu Bosu Wayne State University
Amin Alipour University of Houston
Andrew Begel Microsoft Research
Anielle Severo Lisboa Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul
Anita Sarma Oregon State University
Ann Barcomb University of Calgary
Ash Kumar Google
Ayushi Rastogi TU Delft
Biao Xiang University of Oxford and Max Planck Institute
Bianca Trinkenreich Northern of Arizona University
Bogdan Vasilescu Carnegie Mellon University
Camila Freitas Sarmento Federal University of Campina Grande
Carolyn Egelman Google
Cassandra Cupryk University of Victoria
Chelsea Adelman GitHub
Corrina Burnley Google
Damyanka Tsvyatkova University of Limerick
Denae Ford Microsoft Research
Dominique Wimmer Google - Equity Engineering
Emerson Murphy-Hill Google
Felipe Ebert Eindhoven University of Technology
Gema Rodriguez-Perez University of Waterloo
Georgia de Oliveira Moura Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte-BR
Grace Vorreuter GitHub
Grischa Liebel Reykjavik University, Iceland
Gustavo Pinto UFPA
Honey Sukesan JLR
Igor Steinmacher Northern Arizona University
Isabella Ferreira Polytechnique Montréal
Ita Richardson Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
Italo Santos Northern Arizona University
Jocelyn Simmonds University of Chile
Karina Kohl PUCRS
Kate Stewart Linux Foundation
Kelly Blincoe University of Auckland
Margaret Anne D Storey University of Victoria
Mariam Guizani Oregon State University
Martin Dybdal University of Copenhagen
Mary Sheeran Chalmers University of Technology
Narjes Bessghaier ETS, Canada
Paige Anne Rodeghero Clemson University
Pernille Bjørn University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Devine University of Auckland (Student of Kelly Blincoe)
Rafael Maiani de Mello CEFET-RJ
Rafael Prikladnicki PUCRS University and Tecnopuc Science and Technology Park
Raula Gaikovina Kula NAIST
Saeed Siddik University of Dhaka
Saron Yitbarek CodeNewbie
Sanuri Gunawardena The University of Auckland
Sayma Sultana Wayne State University
Sebastian Baltes QAware GmbH, Germany & University of Adelaide, Australia
Simin Maleki Shamasbi self-employed
Stefan Stanciulescu Hitachi ABB Power Grids Research
Stephanie Ludi University of North Texas
Steven Clarke Microsoft
Stina Matthiesen University of Copenhagen
Taher Ghaleb Queen’s University
Tawfeeq Alsanoosy Taibah University
Tiago Massoni Federal University of Campina Grande
Valeria Borsotti Chalmers University of Technology
Xiaohua Jia Leiden University
Yang Yue University of California, Irvine
Yu Huang University of Michigan
Yuriy Brun University of Massachusetts Amherst
Zeina Saadeddin Arab American University of Palestine