Most of these aren’t original ideas – this is a collection of other people’s ideas, either from conferences I’ve attended myself or followed online.
I’ve tried to include credit on the individual ideas. This page also has a list of everybody who gave me an idea or suggestion that went on the list, or at least as many as I can remember.
Many of these ideas are drawn from conferences I’ve attended, including:
Particular shoutout for AlterConf, which did a huge amount of work to make a really inclusive event, most of which was done by Ashe Dryden. It remains the gold standard by which I judge inclusivity at other conferences (including my own).
And some other conferences which I haven’t attended, but seen from afar:
- Devopsdays London
- DjangoCon Europe
- GitHub Universe
- Nine Worlds
- Open Source Bridge
- Write the Docs
- !!Con (pronounced “bang bang con”)
Lots of people have given me ideas or suggestions for this list, including:
- Ada Powers used her Twitter network to build a big list of accessibility fails, some of which weren’t on my list yet.
- Ashe Dryden, who created and ran AlterConf
- Daniele Procida, director of PyCon UK 2018 and 2019
- Eric Holscher’s ideas and blog posts about breaking cliques at networking events
- Ernest W. Durbin III, who’s written about drinks at conferences
- Jay Castello took notes at AlterConf Dublin
- Jenny S-T, who provided useful feedback and advice
- Jenny Wong talked about accessible communities at AlterConf London
- kaberett has given plenty of useful advice on accessiblity, particularly around disability and gender
- Lorna Mitchell, who talked about being a keyboard-only user at Monki Gras 2019
- Nicolas Steenhout has written several useful articles about conference accessibility
- Owen Campbell, another PyCon UK organiser and inventor of the “bucket brigade” lightning talk lottery
- Paula Kennedy, one of the organisers of Devopsdays London and a speaker at Monki Gras 2019
- Peter Inglesby, director of PyCon UK 2016 and 2017
- Samantha Burke, who helps run the Diversity & Inclusion programme for Monki Gras
- Sapphire Mason-Brown’s notes on AlterConf London.
- Sebastian Morr’s Twitter notes about AlterConf.
- Swarna Podila, who spoke about community-building at Monki Gras 2019
- Tom Bennett wrote about running a crèche at a UK Education conference
- Wick’s Twitter notes about AlterConf ticketing.
Further links and reading
Paula Kennedy’s Monki Gras 2019 talk about running Devopsdays London.
Sapphire Mason-Brown’s blog post about accessibility at AlterConf London.
Nicolas Steenhout’s blog post How to make your conference accessible – and why you should care! overlaps with some of what I’m saying, and gave me several other new ideas.
The Less Obvious Conference Checklist by Sasha Romijn is another useful resource.
All the replies to Ada Powers’ tweet asking for conference accessibility fails.