Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance, and for Xero’s Bindy Edelman inclusion means an environment where people feel respected, understood, and celebrated for their differences.
The Victorian government’s independent startup body, LaunchVic has partnered with Silicon Valley organisation Change Catalyst to host its Tech Inclusion Conference in Melbourne in February.
Though the percentage of women in the company has not changed over the last year, Apple has upped the representation of groups historically underrepresented in tech in its new US hires.
Envato has expanded upon its existing sponsorship of Melbourne-based social enterprise Code Like a Girl, becoming a national partner to help the organisation further build upon its aim to get more Australian girls and women into the tech sector.
The organisation has also begun compiling resources around diversity and inclusion, highlighting best practice and programs to help community members with their own efforts to improve.
Just a quarter of Australian software giant Atlassian’s global workforce is made up of women, while 73 percent of its US-based employees are white, the first diversity figures revealed by the company today show.