"Any web application has humans inside of it. That's the focus of the Velocity conference, because these are effectively no longer simply software systems. They're complex systems of people and software." - Tim O'Reilly
We talk a lot about culture at the Velocity conference, because whether it's Lean management or bringing developers and operations engineers together under DevOps, the culture of an organization - how people relate to one another - is the driving force.
If the people in an organization or system are the organic cogs in the machine, you'll realize there's no mechanical advantage when they're all the same. Diversity isn't just beneficial for a better workforce, it's critical for sustained innovation and business performance.
This year we've partnered with NCWIT, the National Center for Women & Information Technology. When you register for Velocity, you'll have an opportunity to make a $10 donation to NCWIT. At the end of the conference, O'Reilly will match those donations, dollar for dollar.
We've also opened our diversity scholarship application to help people from underrepresented groups attend the Velocity conference. We're offering a limited number of All-Access Pass scholarships to people who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend. If you're a member of a group not well-represented within the tech community or at technical conferences, including but not limited to: women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT+ or veterans; we encourage you to apply.