A few months back I agreed to speak at the Smart IoT conference. (I’m not going to give them the benefit of a link).
Early in January, they put out a “fun” cartoon to promote the event, referencing the Nativity and the “wise men” you could learn from at the conference.
I first became aware of it when I spotted friends on Twitter discussing how it was inappropriate.
It’s 2016. It’s disappointing that the marketing team didn’t know not to put it out; that they didn’t realise it’s an important issue across tech, never mind in the Internet of Things.
Still, we all make mistakes. They could have apologised, publicly, and then worked to show that they’d learned to do better in future.
Sadly, they don’t seem to realise that they’ve done anything wrong. They just decided to run with the old-school marketing play of deleting the offending item, spouting platitudes at anyone mentioning it, and assuming it’ll blow over. While not changing anything in the rest of their approach.
And that really isn’t good enough.
The Internet of Things community that I belong to includes lots of women, and strives to be as diverse as possible. Part of that includes calling people out who show that they don’t understand that - hence this blog post and my decision to withdraw as a speaker at their event.
But discussing brain-dead conferences isn’t very interesting. What’s more interesting is to highlight some of the many women working to make the Internet of Things a reality.
So, you should check out and support the people listed below. They are all doing interesting work with the Internet of Things.
- Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
- Claire Rowland
- Ana Bradley
- Clare Reddington
- Anjali Ramachandran
- Anab Jain
- Laura James
- Hwa Young
- Georgina Voss
- Hannah Stewart
- Joanna Montgomery
- George Oates
- Laura Cowen
- Bethany Koby
- Jessi Baker
- Dr Lucy Rogers
- Jasmine Cox
- Yodit Stanton
- Laura Pullig
- Louisa Heinrich
- Rachel Rayns
- Gemma May Latham
- Caroline Feltham-Keep
- Alicia Asin
- Limor Fried
- Anita Bunk
- Denise Wilton
- Alice Bartlett
- Rain Ashford
- Avril O’Neil
- Sarah Gold
- Ayah Bdeir
- Stacey Higginbotham
- Kelsey Breseman
- Jia Huang
- Margaret Gold
- Linda Sandvik
- Katz Kiely
- Katherine A. Scott
- Ghislaine Boddington
- Sharon Richardson
- MaryLù Cinquerrui
- Emma Bearman added 2:38pm 5/2/2016
- Kathryn Grace added 3:00pm 5/2/2016
- Sarah Cooper added 5:07pm 5/2/2016
- Sophie Riches added 9:48am 9/2/2016
- Ling Tan added 11:16am 25/2/2016
- Justyna Zubrycka added 4:46pm 11/3/2016
- Sudha Jamthe added 11:08am 22/3/2016
- Larissa Romualdo Suzuki added 11:08am 22/3/2016
- Pauline Issard added 11:08am 22/3/2016
- Janice Ahn added 7:53pm 2/4/2016
- Siobhan Ramsey added 8:43pm 4/7/2016
- Anne Lauvergeon added 3:05pm 7/9/2016
- Michelle Thorne added 3:05pm 7/9/2016
If you know anyone I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.