In order to fulfill its mission, Clojure SYNC has an Opportunity Grants program to help people from underrepresented groups attend if they would otherwise not be able to attend for financial reasons. The purpose of the Grants is twofold: to increase the diversity of the Clojure SYNC community and to remove financial obstacles to attendance.
Should you apply?
We at Clojure SYNC have received a lot of help from others to get us to where we are, and many attendees, sponsors, and community members feel the same way. We all want to pay it forward while making the community stronger and more inclusive.
So, yes, we want you to apply!
- Already attended a conference in the past? That’s ok.
- Already received a grant in the past? Still ok.
- Don’t have much (or any) Clojure experience? That’s ok, we can help!
- Don’t know anyone going? We are committed to making the environment very welcoming and we have many social events planned to meet others.
- Don’t want to take money away from someone else? Really, it’s ok, everyone says that!
- Don’t feel like you deserve this? That’s also ok: you do.
If you meet the eligibility requirements below, please, we want you to apply!
Who is eligible to apply?
To apply for an Opportunity Grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- You must be from an underrepresented group in the software industry — women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, or other underrepresented groups not listed.
- You must be unable to attend the conference without some financial assistance.
- You must plan to attend the full conference (February 15 & 16, 2018, in New Orleans, LA).
Please do not apply if you do not meet the above requirements. Funding and ticket availability is limited and we want to specifically use them to help people who meet the requirements.
How will we select applicants to receive the grant?
We would love to help all applicants attend Clojure SYNC. However, due to limited funds and ticket availability, the organizers of Clojure SYNC will use the information you provide in your application to prioritize the applications based on these criteria:
- Prior interest or investment in Clojure
- Involvement in a programming-oriented community (not necessarily Clojure)
- Likelihood of future community involvement
- Early submission – we award grants on a rolling basis and early submission is recommended
- North America over international – to maximize the benefit of funds for travel, we primarily award grants to applicants from the United States
The best way to help the organizers fulfill the mission of the conference and to help your own application is by providing detailed information in the application indicating your involvement in the Clojure and adjacent communities.
What is included in the grant?
If you are awarded an Opportunity Grant, you will receive a free, full ticket to Clojure SYNC. You may also receive support for travel and/or hotel stay. Please be sure to request it in the application if you need it.
Want to apply?
Fill out the Opportunity Grant Application. All applications will be reviewed by the organizers of Clojure SYNC but otherwise will be kept confidential. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications will not close.
- Applicant Notification: On a rolling basis
All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at Clojure SYNC are required to agree with the Code of Conduct. Organizers will strongly enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Want to sponsor the Opportunity Grants?
Many of us in the Clojure SYNC community would like to pay forward the opportunities we received. A great way to do that is by sponsoring someone’s travel with an Opportunity Grant.
Clojure SYNC has reserved tickets for the Opportunity Grant program and will give these away for free to all applicants. Every dollar Clojure SYNC receives from people like you and companies like yours, as part of the Opportunity Grant, will go to paying for travel and lodging of Opportunity Grant awardees. On average, every $1,000 donated pays for one attendee’s travel.
Here’s how you can contribute to the program: