5 comments

  • Aundre KerrAundre Kerr, over 6 years ago

    "Save 90% for not being white!"

    what

    2 points
    • Ronan Flynn-CurranRonan Flynn-Curran, over 6 years ago

      Haters gonna hate.

      XOXO is a great design festival, and they work extra hard to include all sorts of people rather than just the typical conf circuit folks.

      I think it's sad that they need to make these big efforts to welcome people in - it's a sad reality than most design conferences are too happy to ignore in order to charge $1000+ a ticket.

      1 point
  • Adam T.Adam T., over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Great lineup, but to play devil's advocate here, I have a problem with there being a $450 discount for, essentially, only minorities. The fact that last year 13% of the conference was people of color, is actually expected, considering the fact that Portland is just over 76% white (6% black, 7% asian).

    1 point
    • Todd BenningsTodd Bennings, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      I think XOXO's goal is to attract more than just people of Portland. They are in a growth state are trying to be inventive about how they go about it. I didn't think twice about the $450 discount for people of color or underrepresented groups because I understand it to be a huge barrier to entry once you factor in food, travel and accommodations. Not to mention the economic inequalities in these cities where the tech industry dominates.

      I was one of the 13% at last years conference and if my $500 helps to subsidize the cost of the conference in the name of diversity and inclusion, then thats even more reason for me to go. Its impressive that XOXO is in a position to offer such a deal and I'd like to think they would be more critical than to let any person of color attend, plus it isn't like they are marketing XOXO to the general public either.

      8 points
    • Nathan GathrightNathan Gathright, over 6 years ago

      I think XOXO attracts certain kinds of speakers and audience precisely because they value diversity, and I think that's part of what makes XOXO such a success. If you remove those values from the conference organizers, you'd have a different conference altogether. I think overcorrecting for minorities in a very white male industry is the only way to achieve the balanced outcome they want.

      3 points