Why did we form?
The Open Hardware Diversity Alliance is a RISC-V incubating project with the mission of bringing together the open hardware community to provide programs, networking opportunities, and learning to encourage participation and support to the professional advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in open source hardware.
The organizers have worked in open hardware for many years. There are very few women and underrepresented individuals in the open hardware community. We brainstormed and identified these potential roadblocks:
- Industry: Open hardware is difficult to navigate. How can I enter the field?
- Career progression: What are the best steps I can take for a career in open hardware?
- Visibility: How can I get better visibility with my management and the community for the great stuff I do and know?
Can the Alliance create programs that attract women and underrepresented individuals to technical positions and open source hardware? Can these programs increase the number of these individuals in the field, in technical positions, and in leadership positions?
Yes we can!
We focus on:
- Promoting the professional growth of women and underrepresented individuals in open source hardware communities
- Empowering women and underrepresented individuals to develop their technical careers in open hardware
- Facilitating the promotion and adoption of women and underrepresented ideas and spirits towards higher levels of technical innovation
- Encouraging women and underrepresented in engineering to pursue their intrapreneurial dreams in a big way
Meet the team
- Kim McMahon, Director of Visibility and Community Engagement at RISC-V Interational
- Marjan Radi, Research Technologist Engineer at Western Digital
- Calista Redmond, CEO at RISC-V International
- James Kulina, Executive Director at OpenPOWER Foundation
- Mendy Furmanek, President at OpenPOWER Foundation and Director at IBM
- Rob Mains, Executive Director, CHIPS Alliance
- Zvonimir Bandic, Sr. Director of Next Gen Platforms Tech at WDC Research