This is my speaker rider, if you'd like me to speak at your event it's important you read it.

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This idea (and the text of this page) was inspired by @rem and his rider, he was originally inspired by Stephanie Hurlburt's tweet-form rider


I'm very honoured you've decided to invite me to your event and I want all conferences and events to be welcoming to all. So with that in mind, this is my speaker and inclusivity rider. It's a constant work in progress, and I understand smaller meetups and community events may not be able to meet all requirements. However, this rider does apply to all commercial conferences.

The rider

  1. Code of Conduct: There is public Code of Conduct linked available on your conference pages.
  2. Speaker Diversity: as a white cis man, I count as "another white dude" at your event, and I want to see conferences showing off the truly diverse world we live in. The event will have at least 40%✻ non white-cis-men speaking†.
  3. Costs covered: travel and lodging for all speakers is covered. Please note that I will not fly economy for long haul flights.

✻ I hope to see this number increase in time.
† That's to say: people who are "not like me".

These requirements are important to me because I'm in a position in my career that I can help towards making conferences more positive and safe in this small way. A full line up of white men at an event is not something I can be part of any more and I want to be part of positive change in our industry.

You can find me on Twitter, Github, Keybase, LinkedIn, 500px, Instagram, Wordpress and most other places as @Joe8Bit. If you want to say hello, you can also send me an email