DISC Unconference Amsterdam 2023
Diversity & Inclusion in Scientific Computing
Hosted at the Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Sat. Sep. 9th – Sun. Sep. 10th
Application Deadline: Jul. 23rd (Sunday)
Participant Selection Notifications: Jul. 31st (Monday)
Participant Acceptance Deadline: Aug. 7th (Monday)
DISC Program Mission
NumFOCUS recognizes that the open source data science community is currently highly homogenous. We believe that diverse contributors and community members produce better science and better projects. NumFOCUS’s Diversity & Inclusion in Scientific Computing (“DISC”) Program strives to help create a more diverse community through initiatives and programming devoted to increasing participation by and inclusion of underrepresented people.
DISC Unconference Mission:
The Unconference aims to produce tools and facilitate activities that will lead to a more diverse and inclusive open-source scientific computing community. We will host approximately 35 participants made up of new contributors, project maintainers, open source enthusiasts, and champions of community inclusion efforts interested in impacting their community through an unconference style event that will focus on collaborating on efforts to build resources to distribute and share with the broader open-source community. Participants will discuss and generate ideas for practical and scalable solutions, identify best practices, and share knowledge that welcomes, encourages, and fosters community growth inclusive of people from all backgrounds and identities.
- The Unconference prioritizes project ideas and discussion topics that can be thoroughly explored within the time constraints of the conference.
- The Unconference prioritizes project ideas and discussion topics that build upon prior work, for example the work being undertaken by the NumFOCUS DISC Committee.
- The Unconference prioritizes sessions and projects that will generate resources that can be distributed and shared with the wider community at the close of the event (e.g. documentation, how-to’s, project plans, small pieces of working code).
I don’t identify as someone underrepresented in open source scientific computing. Is this event for me?
- Yes! The DISC Unconference seeks participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We are particularly hopeful that experienced and knowledgeable members of the open source scientific computing community will apply to participate.
When will I know if I’ve been selected to participate?
- Participant Selection Notifications will go out no later than Monday, July 31st.
I’ve never participated in an Unconference before, what should I expect?
- Every unconference event is unique, but the shared feature is that the agenda is shaped by the participants. Here’s an example of one person’s experience who was new to the unconference format, at rOpenSci Unconf (a NumFOCUS sponsored project).
Is there a cost to participate?
- There is no registration fee for selected participants. We are actively seeking sponsors to help provide funds to offset participants’ travel and lodging costs; we will update the website with this information once sponsors are confirmed.
DISC Unconference 2023 Code of Conduct Committee members?
- Tania Allard and Leah Silen