Making better software: the importance of diversity

Making better software: the importance of diversity

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Today is International Women’s Day, and whatever your thoughts about the movement generally, it can’t be denied that there is still much work to be done in order to allow more women to discover their passion for technical and engineering based endeavours. Last month was the second time we supported the Django Girls coding event that was held in Milton Keynes at the National Museum of Computing, and it really underlined the importance of this event, and others like it, in changing attitudes and making that world more widely accessible to women and girls.

With participants from all walks of life, ranging from 11 year olds to women in their sixties, Django Girls proves that you don’t need to be a certain demographic to “get” coding and build things. But why does it matter?

As technology comes to touch ever more areas of our lives - both where it’s wanted, and sometimes where it’s not - it’s important that the people developing those systems are able to fully consider the needs of the people using them. Commercial transactions, social interactions and even transport are now touched and controlled by software - and how better to shape them to suit us all, than to encourage diversity of input?

We blogged about this in more depth following the first time we sponsored Django Girls and we’ve been encouraged to see how well it resonates with our peers in the industry. So, on this International Women’s Day, why not consider supporting initiatives like Django Girls by participating, sponsoring or promoting their work?