This year I spoke at many conferences where I saw and met many talented speakers. To list them all would be too much! But, many conference organizers ask me, “Where are all the non-white dude speakers? How can we build diversity in our lineup if we can’t find them?” So in an effort to make life easier for organizers everywhere, here is a list of the best non-white dude speakers I saw speaking. I would eagerly attend another session by any one of them.
##Disclaimer Keep in mind that I love animations and CSS, so this lists skews heavily toward those interests because those were the talks I was attending. Also, I’m more likely to remember people I formed a lasting bond with and talks I saw toward the end of the season than those from the beginning. Plus I was sick during Fluent, and even though there were many excellent speakers there (really, go check out that lineup), I don’t remember seeing many of their talks!
##Why wasn’t so-and-so on this list? Could be a number of reasons! Maybe I think they’re well known enough that organizers already know of them. Maybe I missed their talk. Maybe I saw them talk, but I wasn’t blown away or the topic didn’t grab me. Or maybe I was too sick to pay attention (as happened at Fluent—and there were so many good speakers there). Or maybe I forgot! (I did see a lot of people this year!) Feel free to mention your picks in the comments.
##What about all your other favorite speakers? I did have trouble making this list. In Europe, it is hard to tell which ethnic groups are under represented, and all other countries are under represented in the United States. In the end, I made this list with my own country’s diversity issues in mind: women and people of color.
Like I said, I won’t have the time to list all the other wonderful speakers I saw and met, but if you really want to know who they are, you should follow me on Twitter, as I retweet and heckle them daily :)