Want to help bring a new community member into the RubyConf 2017 community?
We're looking for volunteer Guides to partner up with this year's Opportunity
Scholars are folks 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 been telling us the amazing stories of their path to RubyConf,
and we genuinely think they're going to be wonderful additions to our community.
What we need from you is to help welcome them in and make them feel at home!
Be available as a friendly face for your Scholar throughout the whole
Recommend talks for your Scholar to attend based on his or her interests,
current skill levels, and experiences.
Make introductions between your Scholar and established developers,
especially ones that might be particularly influential in his or her areas of
Give feedback on breaking into the Ruby world, as your Scholar is likely
looking for his or her first Ruby gig!
While Guides are responsible for obtaining their
own tickets to RubyConf, we also realize that the deadline for this application may
come up before you are ready to commit to attending RubyConf. If you
think there is any chance that you’d attend, we’d ask you to apply anyway, even
if you might have to withdraw at a later date.
Please fill out the entire application, as we use what you've written
here to make the best Scholar/Guide matches that we can, ones that we hope are highly
beneficial for both parties. If we don’t have a good sense of who you are and what type
of Guide you’d be from your application, it’s difficult to make a good match. We
anticipate this application takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
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
"Conferences are overwhelming when you're a first-timer: where do you go? Who do you
talk to? Are you allowed to ask the speakers to sign your laptop? The Scholar program
helps newbies bypass all those worries. Being a Guide lets you be a big part of shaping
someone’s first conference into a positive, empowering experience, and that is hugely
rewarding. This program is one of my favorite parts of RailsConf."
Louisa Barrett, Guide
Guide applications will be accepted until 11:59pm CT on August 25, 2017
(Please note TIMEZONE).