This coming Friday the 13th (August 2021) is the first ever Dativerse virtual conference, hosted by our DataGrillen friends William and Benjamin. According to their site:
We try to elevate those that are usually underrepresented at conferences due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, location or any other reason.
We aim to create a safe environment for everyone and welcome seasoned speakers and newcomers alike. Should you require a mentor, we will make sure you will get all the help you’ll need to deliver your session!
I am flattered to be on the schedule, and I’ll be speaking about inclusive database design with minimal effort, in a world where there are more than two genders and names are more than just first and last. Here’s the abstract for my session:
Queering up your database: a look at inclusive table design
If you’ve ever used a true / false value to represent gender in a database, this session is for you. I’ll talk about small changes you can make to be more inclusive in your database design — with the least amount of effort — that can make all the difference to the people using your systems.
I look forward to seeing you on Friday!