by Ben Sullivan
Originally published: June 29, 2016
“The main thing that we felt was that we were very isolated from each other”
Away from the overwhelming herds of suits and blazers so typical at US tech conferences, a buzzing room at this year’s MongoDB World, hosted at the Hilton hotel in New York City, housed a refreshing and inspirational conference group: the Women and Trans Coders of MongoDB.
Diversity is a hot topic; it’s a necessary topic. While enterprise giants like Google and Microsoft enjoy often complimentary headlines surrounding their gender diversity efforts, it was intruiging to learn more about this initiative at a smaller, more purist hardcore database vendor.
“The main thing that we felt was that we were very isolated from each other,” Samantha Ritter, a 25-year-old engineer at MongoDB, told TechWeekEurope, explaining she joined MongoDB just over three years ago as an intern.