Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the Linux ecosystem, and it is imperative to us that everyone in the community that wants to participate feels welcome to do so regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion or economic status. Our code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
Below are the opt-in statistics from the Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference 2020 Virtual Experience. Please note, attendee demographic questions are optional for speakers and attendees, and are based on opt-in only responses.
- Man: 74%
- Woman: 16%
- Non-Binary: 1%
- Prefer Not to Answer: 9%
Scholarships & Travel Funding
To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, we are pleased to offer diversity and need-based scholarships and discounts, as well as travel funding, to our conferences.
Live captioning is available in English during the event via the Live Caption feature in Google Chrome. Please click here for instructions on how to use this feature, as well as tips and customization features.
For captioning in other languages, conference recordings will be posted to the Linux Foundation YouTube channel within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the event. YouTube offers captioning in over 50 languages.
Better Together Diversity Social
Sunday, September 26
The Better Together Diversity Social offers the opportunity for all underrepresented minorities (including race, gender, sexual orientation and dis/ability) to join together to build connections to carry through the event and beyond.
Women in Open Source Lunch
Sponsored by Arm
Monday, September 27
We’d like to invite all attendees that identify as women or non-binary to join each other for a networking lunch at the event. We will begin with a brief introduction and then attendees will be free to enjoy lunch and mingle with one another.
Diversity Empowerment Summit
Sponsored by Google
Monday, September 27 –
Wednesday, September 29
Featuring top-notch sessions and a unique space designed to foster learning, the DES track compliments other technical and business-oriented programming available to conference attendees.
Maintainers Listening Tour: Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Focus Group
Tuesday, September 28
Join us for an open and informal discussion on your experience with DEI in the open source communities you are leading and your aspirations for where you want to see it in the future. Let’s open source diversity, equity, and inclusion!
We will be providing a private nursing room at this year’s event to aid in the comfort and accessibility for our nursing attendees. The room will be available all days of the event and will be located onsite. For location information, please check with registration or information desk staff onsite.
Due to local COVID restrictions, we, unfortunately, cannot offer child care services at this event. We can, however, provide a list of local childcare providers.
Please be aware that The Linux Foundation does not have any relationship with, and makes no commitments or guarantees regarding the quality, reliability or safety of, any such third-party childcare providers, including without limitation any guarantees that such providers are in compliance with appropriate COVID-19 health and safety procedures.
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the Linux Foundation event staff at any of the registration or information desks onsite. If you have questions prior to the event, please email email@example.com.
Wheelchair + Medical Equipment Rental
If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent them from Access Medical Equipment Co. Please contact them directly for rates and availability.
Please be mindful of attendee’s wristbands throughout the conference and use this tool to communicate appropriately:
- Green = Handshakes and high 5’s are welcome with frequent handwashing.
- Yellow = Still being cautious, elbow bumps only.
- Red = No contact at all, please remain 6 feet away.
Don’t see a wristband? Assume red until given permission from the other attendee.
Pick up a pronoun sticker from registration to share your pronouns with other conference attendees. Please be respectful of attendees’ pronouns.
We will designate specific restrooms as all-gender for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities.
First Aid/Medical Assistance
If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our registration desk or the venue front desk. For emergencies, please dial 911.
How to Handle a Harassment Report
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges and/or shirts onsite and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training, responds to harassments reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
If you are planning to attend an upcoming event and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please reach out to us pre-event. Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.
CHAOSS D&I Event Badge
Awarded to events in the open source community that fosters healthy D&I practices. Learn More
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Seattle PD West Precinct
Closest 24hr Hospital:
Virginia Mason ER
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24hr Rape Crisis Line:
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
Contact Us With Ideas
If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Angela Brown, SVP & General Manager of Events, firstname.lastname@example.org.