Diversity & Inclusiveness

Aiming for a more diverse speaker line-up

Ibuildings and the DPC team are working on improving diversity in the line-up of our conference. We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to submit proposals. We believe diversity enriches our community and supports the principal purpose of our conference: sharing ideas, experience and insights with each other in an open, inclusive environment for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race or religion. We are committed to maximize opportunities for these groups to responsibly do our part in helping to resolve the imbalance that exists today in our communities.

Code of Conduct Guardian

We have a Code of Conduct and a Code of Conduct Guardian present during all conference events. If you experience disrespectful behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of the Code of Conduct Guardian, who will listen and act decisively to resolve the matter.

Accessibility of the venue

Amsterdam RAI is accessible for people with a disability. The aisles are spacious and the surface is flat. Elevators and disability toilets are available. Read more about the accessibility & mobility from the RAI.

How you can contribute as a speaker

Speakers can help make the conference more accessible by adhering to a few rules for their slides and presentation.

  • Avoid gendered pronouns.

    Avoid using male pronouns ("he", "him", "his") in circumstances that describe people of any gender. Find examples of nonsexist language here.

  • Avoid gendered terms.

    For example, avoid these words when addressing groups: Guys, Ladies & Gentlemen. Instead use: Folks, Everybody, People. More examples here.

  • Accessible slides:
    • Use a sans serif font (e.g., Open Sans, Arial).
    • Use a large font size -- at least 22 point.
    • High contrast between slide text and background. For example: Use a dark text font and a light-colored background.
    • Text on a slide should have nothing behind it (no watermarks or images).
    • Provide “alternative text” descriptions for all images, pictures, graphics, tables, etc.
    • Use a presentation theme to structure your presentation, with only short sentences and/or bulleted phrases (about 4 lines of text / 40 words per slide).
    • Avoid using epilepsy-inducing videos and animations.