Help Me Not Be Selected to Speak at the Dativerse Virtual Conference

on April 22, 2021

A call for speakers is open for the very first edition of the Dativerse conference, which will be held on August 13, 2021:

An overview of the event from the Dativerse call for speakers:

Dativerse is a new event in the Microsoft Data Platform space. Our session selection criterias are easy…

  1. Your session must be related to the Microsoft Data Platform
  2. You contribute to the diversity of the Microsoft Data Platform We try to elevate those that are usually underrepresented at conferences due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, location or any other reason. We aim to create a safe environment for everyone and welcome seasoned speakers and newcomers alike. Should you require a mentor, we will make sure you will get all the help you’ll need to deliver your session!

I’ve submitted a session, but I’ve mostly done that because I want LOTS of people to submit sessions. I can now say, “I submitted a session and I think lots of others should, too.”

Why I’d love for many others to submit

I am a white, cisgender woman who is married to a man. I’m also at a point in my career where I’ve established a strong network. While we have a long way to go to reach gender equality in tech, I also recognize that I am relatively privileged due to my race, orientation, social background, and my connections. I feel it’s important for me at this time in my life to get better at helping others rise up.

I’ve also found in my life that the most exciting and productive teams I’ve worked on have had team members from a very diverse mix of backgrounds, experiences, and preferences. I strongly believe that having a more diverse, open, and welcoming community is good for everyone who is part of that community.

Help spread the word far and wide about this event

Please encourage others from a rainbow of backgrounds to apply. My hope is that there will be so many sessions submitted from people of diverse backgrounds that my session is not chosen, and I can support the event in another capacity.

Please share and encourage others see if Dativerse is a good fit for them at this point in their career.