Lukas Blakk’s day job is Release Management for Firefox products at Mozilla and beyond that she has spent the last several years creating and growing partnerships between Mozilla and various diversity initiatives that promote open learning and removing barriers for people who might be interested in coding & working with open web technologies if it felt safe and welcoming. She is always looking for more ways to engage with people who are interested in open tech but just need a little bit of help finding their way in. These initiatives have included PyStar: Python workshops for women, running HTML5 mobile game hacking workshops with teenage girls, and most recently starting a Women Hacking Glass monthly meetup at the Mozilla SF office to get women access to this limited release early hardware. Lukas has been working to help increase the participation of women in Open Source through WoMoz, Mozilla Reps, and sitting on the advisory and planning committee for the Dare 2B Digital conference as well as the Ada Initiative. Her newest project is a pilot study of an open source version of the “hacker school” style accelerator, called the Ascend Project, that specifically seeks participants from African American, Latin@, First Nations, and LGBTQ (focus on the T) communities and aims to provide an immersive experience doing technical contributions in the form of writing tests for an automated test framework.
Lukas strives to be an activist for feminist, anti-racist, social justice with a genderqueer and working class lens. You can find her on Twitter at @lsblakk.
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Open Source suffers from a lack of diversity. Underrepresented populations, for systemic reasons, might never show up unless Open Source communities 'hack' themselves through explicit invitation & removing barriers to participation. Mozilla is funding two pilot studies designed to explicitly reach out to underrepresented groups in open source today. Seeking people who like to solve problems and then engaging them in a 6 week, full time accelerator program we hope to explore the question: Can we seed our communities by hacking the social/cultural/systemic issues in order to gain technical contributions from a more diverse set of minds and give to participants an experience in tech that might have long term benefits to them?