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Wednesday, August 29 • 12:00pm - 12:40pm
Active Diversification: The Case of the Open Source Mexico Working Group - Griselda Cuevas, Google Cloud

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Active diversification

We’ve heard that the tech industry needs to address the diversity problem and be more inclusive. However, it’s rare to hear how people are solving the problem. Griselda Cuevas and Hector Paredes explain how they are bringing cultural diversity to open source by creating an open source community in Mexico.

Mexico is known for its large software manufacturing centers, and Guadalajara is even called the Mexican Silicon Valley. So it was surprising to find out that open source projects are not a big part of the software culture. This is why OSOM (Open Source Mexico)—a community focused on bringing the experience of contributing to open source projects—was founded by IBM, Google, and Tacit Knowledge. The purpose of this community is to work on cultural challenges that make it hard to participate in open source, from the language barrier to feelings of not being “good enough” or not being welcome to a new community. These are situations lived by all minorities.

Gris discusses how OSOM is approaching this opportunity, detailing how OSOM is structured, the main focus areas of the group, and the impact it has had in the Mexican ecosystem, in order to inspire and empower other minorities to create similar initiatives to boost diversity and inclusion in their communities. They call this “active diversification”: they lead by example and expose groups to the communities they want to diversify; they empower them; and they work on smoothing the entry barriers.

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Griselda Cuevas

Open Source Strategist, Google Cloud
Gris is an open source program manager at Google Cloud and an aspiring data scientist. She has worked on developing online communities for the past seven years and is now collaborating on the design of an algorithm to predict author quality in online forums at Google. Gris is interested... Read More →

Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:00pm - 12:40pm
Room 121