Open Source and Inclusivity

April 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Meeting
Cornelia Boldyreff

This is our annual meeting on Inclusivity held in partnership with BCS Women.  We’re delighted to have three outstanding speakers.

18:00 – Feel free to join the meeting to chat with other participants
18:30 – Presentations
20:00 – Closing discussion

With all our speakers joining remotely, the event is purely virtual. There is no requirement to register, you can just connect to livestream using BigBlueButton using this link.  Thank you to GWDG for providing hosting for the virtual meeting.  We are also recording the talks for later posting on our YouTube channel.

The  livestream link will be open from 18:00 for networking, and the event will start at 18:30 prompt. We’ll keep the link open afterward for discussion.

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The videos of the evening are available on YouTube.

Cornelia Boldyreff

Prof Cornelia Boldyreff is Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. She was previously the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London from 2009 – February 2013.  She has over 25 years’ experience in software engineering research and has published extensively on her research in the field.  She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a founding committee member of the BCS Women Specialist Group, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, and a past chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group. She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her career.

Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Dr Yasmine Arafa, Cornelia founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a new digital bartering currency, ebarts.

Elizabeth Leake

Dr Elizabeth Leake is the director of research computing at Boise State University in the U.S. Since 2008, she has served as an external relations consultant, international correspondent and advocate for the high-performance computing and open source communities. In 2012, she founded STEM-Trek, a global, grassroots, nonprofit organization that supports scholars from regions and demographics that are typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academics and careers. As a program director, Leake has mentored hundreds of early-career professionals who are breaking cultural barriers in an effort to accelerate scientific and engineering discoveries.
She will talk about STEM-Trek’s genesis and the amazing scholars she has had the honor to serve along the way.

Claire Knight

Dr Claire Knight is a Senior Software Engineering Manager at Netlify where she is involved in building out and supporting the ecosystem around Jamstack. As was recently announced, this includes running an open source team. She has worked remotely for the last several years, including as a Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub which focuses on being the home for all developers. In this talk she will share some of the experiences of being in and around OSS from a personal and professional perspective. This will include some things to think about for running projects and getting involved.

Ann Barcomb

Dr Ann Barcomb is an assistant professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary. Her previous post was at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Dr. Barcomb received her PhD from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2019, with a specialization in software engineering, and a master’s in information systems from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. In the course of her industry career, she worked as a software developer for multiple firms and as a community manager for RIPE NCC. From the beginning, she has been active in free/libre/open source software, organizing events, speaking at practitioner conferences, and writing for practitioner outlets. Her research is characterized by a desire to understand and generalize processes and practices within free/libre/open source software communities, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between practitioners.

Dr Barcomb will be speaking on Ageism in Software Development.