September 13-16, 2022
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Thursday, September 15 • 16:10 - 16:50
Diversity in Open Source, an Asian Perspective - Masae Shida, VMware

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Many open source communities struggle to achieve strong community participation from Asia despite the region representing 60% of the entire world population. Although there are numerous participants from India and China, the number is disproportionately low when compared with North America and Europe. An obvious reason could be time zones, however, as a Japanese woman who grew up and worked in Japan, and as a wife and a mother, it seems probable this could be explained by culture and other social barriers like language. Although we appreciate the benefit of diversity in open source, it remains challenging to have an optimally balanced community. Do we compromise by having some people in each region to convince ourselves that we’ve achieved a target? Or do we look for ways to overcome the barriers enabling real benefit from multiple perspectives? Many DEI categories are grouped together which removes our ability to identify areas needing improvement. Asia consists of 40 countries whose culture and languages are very different, and Asians who grew up in North America have different perspectives from those who grew up in Asia. Diversity is defined by a combination of multiple factors. Let’s look at our goals more closely and see what communities can actually do to bring real value.

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Masae Shida

Staff Open Source Program Manager, VMware
Masae is a Staff Open Source Program Manager in VMware’s OSPO, leading the company’s open source business and community strategy alignment, and product strategy consultations. Previously she led numerous telecoms and cloud computing programs including large-scale DX/IT transformations... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 16:10 - 16:50 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 5 (Level 2)