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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the Linux ecosystem, and it is imperative to us that everyone in the community that wants to participate feels welcome to do so regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion or economic status. Our code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.


Registration Discounts/Scholarships

To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, we are pleased to offer diversity and need-based scholarships and discounts, as well as travel funding, to our conferences.

Click here for more information and to apply for scholarships.
Click here for more information and to apply for travel funding.


Women in Open Source Lunch

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We'd like to invite all of our women attendees to join us for a networking lunch at Open Source Summit North America. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect and network onsite. For more information, including how to register for the lunch, please visit our Women in Open Source Lunch page.


Diversity-Related Programs at Open Source Summit North America

Diversity Empowerment Summit - Thursday, September 14
Speed Mentoring
Career Fair
Women in Open Source Lunch
Kids Day - Sunday, September 10
Hacking for Humanity - A Social Innovation Hackathon with Girls in Tech - Thursday, September 14 - Friday, September 15
Literacy Program + Children's Book Drive


Onsite Resources

Nursing Room
We will be providing a private nursing room at this year's event to aid in the comfort and accessibility for our nursing attendees. The room will be available all days of the event and will be located onsite. For location information, please check with registration or information desk staff onsite. 

Child Care
Complimentary child care will be available onsite during event days, including the reception on Wednesday evening. For additional information and to sign up for the service, visit our Child Care page.

Venue Accessibility
JW Marriott LA Live is wheelchair accessible. If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the Linux Foundation event staff at any of the registration or information desks onsite. If you have questions prior to the event, please email

Wheelchair & Medical Equipment Rental
If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent them from One Stop Mobility. Please contact them directly for rates and availability.

Quiet Room
All attendees may feel free to use the Quiet Room as needed. It is a physical space where conversation and interaction are not allowed, where attendees can go if for any reason they can't interact with other attendees at that time. It is located in the Platinum Office on the Platinum Level of the JW Marriott LA Live.

Communication Stickers
At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee's requested level of interaction for both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers). Green = open to communicate; Yellow = only if you know me please; and Red = I'm not interested in communicating (or being videotaped or photographed) at this time. 

Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.

Non-Binary Restrooms
We will designate specific restrooms as non-binary restrooms for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities.

First Aid/Medical Assistance
If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our registration desk or the hotel front desk. For emergencies, please dial 911. 


Contact Information/Harassment Reports

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges onsite, and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training and responds to harassments reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki. 

You may also reach out to the following individuals:

Angela Brown VP of Events, The Linux Foundation
Kara Foley Senior Event Manager, The Linux Foundation


Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact Angela Brown at Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim's comfort and safety, including, but not limited to: providing an escort, prepping onsite staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact. 


Emergency Resources

  Phone Number Address
Los Angeles Police Department 213-484-3400 OR 911 1401 W 6th Street
Hospital: Dignity Health 213-748-2411 OR 911 1338 S Hope Street
Taxi Service: Independent Taxi 310-659-8294 JW Marriott has taxis staged outside
Rape Crisis Line: Peace Over Violence 310-392-8381 (24 Hr)  


Contact Us With Ideas

If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Angela Brown, VP of Events, at


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