Debian Launches A Diversity Sponsorship Travel Program
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 17 June 2015 at 10:07 AM EDT. 14 Comments
Debian feels that greater diversity at DebConf and in the Debian community will "significantly help" them in their goal of becoming the Universal Operating System, so they've launched a diversity sponsorship program for their annual DebConf event.

"We strongly believe that more diversity at DebConf and in the Debian community will significantly help us towards our goal of becoming the Universal Operating System," wrote Nicolas Dandrimont on the behalf of the Debian Outreach Team.

This year's DebConf, DebConf 15, is taking place in Heidelberg, Germany. In trying to get more diverse attendance, Debian is soliciting requests for those seeking sponsorships in order to attend DebConf to yield a broader audience. The announcement hasn't specified what sort of diversity requirements they're looking for, but say, "we have started designing a specific diversity sponsorship programme to attract people to DebConf that would otherwise not consider attending our conference or not be able to join us." From the mailing list announcement, it seems to be involved with Debian's Women and Outreach groups.

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Those seeking sponsorship to attend DebConf 15 can express their interest in the program up until 6 July in hopes of receiving funding with "a sentence or two about why you are applying for a Diversity Sponsorship." Individuals are also able to nominate others to receive sponsorship through this diversity program. More details via the announcement.

Those in under-represented groups for free software can also look at the Outreachy program as another way of becoming involved.
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