in the kingdom of the blind

Technologist, podcaster, conference speaker, devopsdays organizer Birdget Kroumhout explains why "blind submissions" don't meaningfully help to improve speaker diversity since they don't address the reasons that most submissions are from people that look like you. She also offers some suggestions for how to do better.


As you can imagine, there are plenty of reasons that under-represented people in tech aren’t going to jump the second your event’s CFP opens. But submissions will pour in nonetheless… from the folks whose (devrel|marketing|field engineer) vendor job includes public speaking (and on-the-job time to fine-tune their abstracts). And spoiler alert, many of them will fall into the majority cis het white male demographic.

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