CO.LAB: innovating with a new generation
Consuelo Madrigal Cabañas, Red Hat
In collaboration with Boston University, Sociedad Latina, Boston After School & Beyond, and the City of Boston, Red Hat hosted 20–25 Latina-American and African-American girls (ages 11–14) from underserved areas of Boston in a three-day immersive experience, and introduced them to coding, collaboration, and the open source way. Through this CO.LAB initiative, we demonstrated the potential of collaborative innovation and, along the way, sparked their interest in open source technology or coding.
Constructive conflict resolution: Playing with fire without getting burnt
Gina Likins, Red Hat
Conflict is unavoidable and, depending on how it's approached (and how you were raised), it can be excruciating. Open source communities often attract people with strong technical backgrounds--and stronger opinions--creating environments where conflicts turn into conflagrations, burning everyone involved. But this doesn't have to be the case. In this talk, I'll present an alternative view of conflict, in which conflict, like fire, is necessary and can be used constructively as a source of good information and forward momentum. You'll leave with a step-by-step plan for working through conflict more constructively. Learn to harness the heat of conflict and how to create a warmth-bringing fire rather than a project-destroying inferno.
Let's innovate cognitive diversity
E.G. Nadhan, Red Hat
If open source is the lighter fluid for innovation, diversity gives it that much-needed spark. Diversity fosters intriguing intersections of thoughts that morph into fertile grounds for innovation. There are several factors that influence the diversity of perspectives on our teams, including gender, nationality, culture, generation, and disability status. But, what really matters is cognitive diversity--diversity of thought. It's not just who you are, but how you think. This session highlights the vital need for cognitive diversity and the manner in which it can nurture the ecosystem for innovation. This session will explore how we create teams with multiple perspectives (e.g., gender, location, background, skillsets) to get more cognitive diversity in approaching problem-solving and new innovative thinking.