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I am a technologist who recently spent a year and a half working as a Ministerial Adviser in State Government. I was the Senior Adviser for Innovation and the Digital Economy in Victoria and was recruited into the role from a position in developer evangelism in the fintech sector. …


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When I first started building a career in tech, I used hackathons to build a profile that I then parlayed into a role in developer evangelism. …


Sometimes I’m asked to help in situations where sponsorship agreements for conferences, summits, and other events have conditions of diversity and inclusion tied to them. For example, a tech conference that has a requirement for 50:50 gender diversity of those who are speaking (though, I should note that this is not the only way to have diversity and inclusion at your event).

Responses to this challenge have varied; many conferences have risen to the challenge and some have not…

Despite the concerns conference organisers raise about this clause, it’s absolutely possible. On a few occasions I’ve been directly responsible for helping organisers increase the diversity of a conference lineup. On each of these I’ve been able to pull off a gender diverse and very high quality speaking line up. I would even go so far as to say that I’ve been able to significantly improve the quality of such lineups, and on one occasion, with four days notice. As a person with a reasonable amount of experience doing this, I want to lay out a few useful tips and hints to achieve diverse, entertaining and informative speaking line ups. …

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