OpenPOWER Summit 2021

Kim McMahon

Kim McMahon is the Director of Visibility & Community Engagement at RISC-V International. She comes to RISC-V with a deep background in marketing for open source and technology. She has spent her career with companies such as SGI, Cray, VMware, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and the {code} Team at Dell, where she honed her love for HPC, open source, and cloud native. Working with startups, large companies, and all in-between, she brings her expertise in visibility and community strategies to spread awareness, engage the community, and grow an organization. She is a frequent speaker at open source events such as KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Open Source Summit, and with publications speaking about diversity in technology. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado. She lives in Winter Park, Colorado and enjoys hiking, skiing, and outdoor activities with her two labradors Coal and Connor.

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The Open Hardware Diversity Alliance: What it is, why it’s here, and how you can get involved!
Kim McMahon

The Open Hardware Diversity Alliance formed in August 2021 with a partnership between RISC-V, Chips Alliance, OpenPower Foundation, Western Digital, and IBM with a mission to provide programs to encourage participation and support the professional advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in open source hardware.
We asked ourselves:
Why are there few women and underrepresented individuals in the open hardware community?
Is it because open hardware is hard to navigate?
Is career progression a mystery?
Is it a lack of visibility of the talent in open hardware to the community?
In this presentation, Kim will share information about the Alliance, what we have done, what has worked, and didn’t work, and invite anyone interested to join us! This is an interactive presentation, where Kim will also ask the audience to participate in the conversation.