Last night, the team behind the upcoming and much anticipated BritRuby Conference announced that the event has officially been cancelled.
A number of reasons have been cited, all of which stem from claims on Twitter that the speaker lineup lacks racial and gender diversity and in turn, according to the team at BritRuby, this has resulted in one or more of the sponsors pulling out.
globaldev were proud to have been announced as one of the sponsors for BritRuby less than two weeks ago. We were delighted to put our name behind a large-scale Ruby event where the intention was to help improve the Ruby developer community throughout the UK which is no mean feat given the immense disparity between the significant number of companies seeking talented developers within this niche and the unfortunate rarity of high quality Ruby developers on the job market.
The cancellation of BritRuby is a shame and we want to state categorically that globaldev backed BritRuby 100%. We want nothing more than to see the community become more diverse in every shape and form and we sincerely believe that events of the scale of BritRuby are the perfect platform to make more and more people aware of the huge demand in this particular area of development.