The hot topic this week was diversity. More specifically, how it relates to the upcoming WordCamp Europe speaker lineup.

After the event announced its fifth round of speakers, StellarWP’s Michelle Frechette took to Twitter with the following observation:

“So far only 25% of the speakers announced for #WCEU are women (by name/photo), and only three appear to be non-white. Hoping to see some more inclusion in the next few rounds of announcements.”

Michelle Frechette

What followed were some heated comments – including one from event organizer Sjoerd Blom:

“Please stop being prejudiced and wait until ALL speakers have been announced. Thanks.”

Sjoerd Blom

It’s worth noting that subsequent announcements have included more women and people of color. However, the tenor of conversation in Frechette’s thread has raised eyebrows.

To read more about the issues at hand, check out posts from Job Thomas, “Diversity in conference speaker line-up” and MasterWP’s Rob Howard, “For WordCamp, the challenge of diversifying tech takes center stage”.

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From the Grab Bag

Now it’s time to take a look at some other interesting topics shared by our contributors.

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  • Speaking of security – ever wonder what it’s like to work in the field? Check out an interview with Alexander Concha, an Application Security Engineer at Automattic.
  • The Kirki Customizer Framework plugin has found a new home. Founder David Vongries previously announced that he was sunsetting the product and looking to sell. WordPress development firm Themeum has acquired the plugin and plans to keep it in active development.
  • Gravity Forms has launched a new podcast called “Breakdown”. The show explores different ways to use the popular plugin and will feature special guests. And it’s hosted by our very own Matt Medeiros.
  • WordPress competitor Wix now offers support for “headless” website configurations. The service takes advantage of the growing popularity of headless installs, with the ability to manage content from the Wix site builder.
  • There’s a difference between branding and marketing. Hazel Quimpo and Michelle Frechette discussed the topic on a recent episode of the Audacity Marketing podcast.
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New Members This Week

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