Diversity Sponsorship Criteria

GitLab is striving to promote increased awareness of diversity issues. As part of GitLab's efforts to meet this goal, GitLab will sponsor informative, interactive, and reflective events.


The Event must help to further GitLab's values. When considering events to sponsor, the GitLab team values the opportunity to actively participate in the event. When processing applications, the team considers:

In the application please include specific connections/references to GitLab's values.

Community Sponsorship

If you intend to apply, please leave enough lead time (at least 6 weeks, but preferably more) for us to review your application.

Please be aware that GitLab will Sponsor up to 20 events annually. Please submit one application per organization, per calendar year. Due to the number of applications, only approved parties will receive confirmation of sponsorship. To suggest a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Event for sponsorship please use the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Sponsorship Request Issue Template.

Why is fostering diversity important?

As if the moral imperative and ethical rationale was not enough, there are also practical advantages to fostering diversity. These events help increase the potential pool of talent to work at GitLab. Research has also proven that more diversity is better for business in almost every aspect. (McKinsey, 2015)

Eligibility (Non-Diversity Events)

If you're hosting an event which doesn't meet the description of an "event which promotes diversity in technology", we'd like to thank you for considering GitLab as your sponsor. Unfortunately, we don't respond to non-diversity requests for sponsoring. We identify sponsorship opportunities and reach out ourselves.

You can take a look at the diversity events we sponsor on our events page.

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