Making a welcoming, more diverse C++ community
Two years ago today, Guy Davidson tweeted a delightful and somewhat corny C++ joke:
So today is the perfect day to say a heart-felt “thank you” to the wonderful #include<C++> community that has evolved from that post, and from Kate Gregory’s swift reply “Let’s start it. First get-together at @CppCon; another at @meetingcpp”.
Kate today published an excellent summary of all that we have achieved in these two short years: Happy-One-of-our-birthdays, Include! - an amazing amount.
The C++ conferences I’ve been to in the last two years feel noticeably more friendly, with a wider variety of people present, and a healthier gender balance, than any of my previous C++ conference experiences.
It has been a huge honour to have played a small part in the evolution of this global, inclusive, and diverse community for developers interested in C++.
I’ve also benefited greatly from this lovely community - learning about other people’s experiences, gaining support in my journey speaking at C++ conferences, and getting answers to some thorny technical and non-technical questions too!