SPLASH 2022
Mon 5 - Sat 10 December 2022 Auckland, New Zealand

SPLASH panels are interactive discussions on interesting and topical subjects featuring diverse and often contrarian panelists from both industry and academia. Panel facilitators generally do not participate directly in the discussion – but serve as a catalyst to keep the conversation flowing and the audience engaged. Panelists should avoid “mini” presentations since the objective is a free-flowing informative discussion rather than a set of “formal” talks. At previous SPLASH/OOPSLA Conferences, panels have featured debates, retrospectives, tributes, and “special” events such as the “Show Trial” of the Patterns “Gang of Four.”

This year (2022), please join us for a hybrid (in-person and virtual) discussion on the dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to the global growth of the software profession. Panel Abstract follows and panelist bios may be found by following the hyperlink below.

Software Profession Dimensions of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are important across academia, industry, and government, yet progress has been uneven. As individuals, we tend to evaluate others in terms of our own norms, beliefs, and standards. We also tend to find comfort in likeness. History has demonstrated that it is difficult to share power and the faces on organization charts often don’t change with any regularity. Change also encounters political obstacles, particularly when relying solely on “representationalism” to increase diversity. Dimensions of DEI tend to fall into two categories. Some dimensions are visible characteristics - age, color, gender, and physical ability. But others are less visible - education, ethnicity, experience, gender identity, heritage, language, national origin, occupation, political beliefs, mental ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, veteran status, etc. An understanding of the past can help us understand how DEI efforts have fallen short or failed.

The software profession benefits from diversity and inclusion because the community is challenged by situations requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Effective software solutions often involve a blend of techniques and practices drawn from business, engineering, government, science, and the social sciences. End-user stakeholders are diverse and may include aviators, bankers, doctors, educators, engineers, government officials, and scientists. Without DEI, lives and economies can be at stake. While many practitioners may lack a formal education in software or computer science, DEI principles and their adoption remain relevant to all. This Systems, Programming, Languages, and Applications: Software for Humanity (SPLASH) Conference panel will reflect on the questions that need be addressed to foster the adoption of DEI principles by individuals, organizations, and communities as the software field continues to grow.


Time: Friday 9 December 10:30am - 12:00pm
Place: Seminar Room G125

SPLASH Panel

Title
Software Profession Dimensions of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionPanel
Panels
Plenary

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10:00 - 10:30
10:00
30m
Coffee break
Coffee break
Catering and Social Events

10:30 - 12:00
SPLASH PanelPanels at Seminar Room G125
10:30
90m
Panel
Software Profession Dimensions of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionPanel
Panels
P: Steven D. Fraser Innoxec, R: Dennis Mancl MSWX Software Experts, C: Alex Sloley Agile Twist, C: Sally Sloley Visual Agile Management, P: Kelly Blincoe University of Auckland, P: Stéphanie Camaréna Source Transitions, P: Tanya Johnson Auror, P: Geoff Kaufman Carnegie Mellon University, P: Mahsa McCauley Auckland University of Technology, P: Sheng-Ying Pao National Tsing Hua University
12:00 - 13:30
12:00
90m
Lunch
Lunch
Catering and Social Events