3rd September 2019

Skills Matter Statement:

It has come to our attention that there is growing concern in our community about the participation of John De Goes as a speaker at our upcoming Scala eXchange and we hear and understand those concerns.

At Skills Matter we always strive to get the balance right between sharing cutting edge technology, and nurturing an inclusive community. We are defined by our people and our community, and on this occasion we accept that we have fallen short in ensuring our conference program was fully reflective of our values and in making sure that everyone in our community feels safe and welcome.

Our values dictate our actions, therefore we have come to a decision that we will rescind our invitation to John De Goes at the Scala Exchange.

We would like to thank everyone who shared their concerns with us and apologise to any of our community who were made to feel unwelcome.

Skills Matter was founded to help drive innovation in software engineering by bringing together people to learn and share new skills, discover emerging technologies and evolve practices and ideas.

Together, we are all working to build an inclusive community that supports the learning and sharing of ideas and skills.

If you have any questions, please contact us at community@skillsmatter.com.