Be a RubyConf 2016 Guide

Applications are now closed. We will be notifying applicants by October 10.

Want to help bring a new community member into the RubyConf 2016 community? We're looking for volunteer Guides to partner up with this year's Opportunity Scholars.Opportunity Scholars are folks who are new to the Ruby community, or maybe even new to writing code altogether, and they're ready to have their first -- hopefully transformative -- RubyConf experience. They've told us the amazing stories of their path to RubyConf, and we think they're going to be wonderful additions to our community. Your job is to help us welcome them and make them feel at home!

While there is certainly an intangible component of what makes a great Guide, there are also a few things that we're looking for specifically:

Some examples of folks who have made fantastic Guides in the past are: RubyConf speakers, folks who are at their second RubyConf (meaning they remember what it's like to be new!), Hallway Track Superstars, and former RubyConf or RailsConf Opportunity Scholars.

But even if you don't fit in one of those categories, you may still be a great fit -- apply using the link on the right and tell us why you'd be a great community ambassador!

Testimonials from previous Guides:

“The Scholar program is a great way to bring new people into the fold. I've been a programmer for a long time, and I'm still intimidated at times by some people. Being a newbie is also pretty intimidating with all there is to learn. So it's nice to be able to break down walls and do a little mentoring along the way.” - Barrett Clark, Guide

“As a Guide, I got to talk to lots of Scholars about the stumbling blocks they were encountering, both technical and social. I think I learned as much from them as they learned from me!” -Jay McGavren, Guide

Opportunity Scholarships

Applications are now closed. We will be notifying applicants by October 7.

RubyConf 2016 is offering a limited number of full conference registration scholarships, open to anyone who would not normally attend, though we specifically encourage students, women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups in the technology sector to apply. The Opportunity Scholarship is a chance to jump in to learn more about the Ruby programming language specifically and software development in general.

Here are some things that are included in the Scholarship program in addition to a free ticket to RubyConf 2016:

Also, if it applies to you, we’re pleased to share that RubyConf 2016 offers complimentary childcare and a lactation room for all attendees. Just let us know if you will require this!

Testimonials from previous Scholars:

“Coming to any new place and meeting so many new people can be especially daunting, but this program allowed me to feel immediately more comfortable. I met so many incredible people and learned so much during my time in San Antonio!!” - Amy Dusek, Scholar

“Being gifted with the opportunity to meet so many AWESOME people who share my interests and aspirations was a life-changing experience I will never forget!” -Rene Sanchez, Scholar