Here at Chicago Roboto, we’re passionate about being a part of the Android community and giving everyone a place to learn, grow, and connect. That’s why we hope to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend. Through scholarships, guides, and sponsorships, we hope to improve the experience for existing members and welcome new people to our community. Continue reading to learn about all of the ways you can get involved! Remember to follow our code of conduct however you choose to participate.
2020 Related changes
With 2020 being well… 2020, travel isn’t a factor. Chicago Roboto 2020 is online only. That means Scholars and guides will rely on our conference slack to interact. We’ll do everything we can to still make this an awesome experience for all.
That said, the bright side of 2020 is that our scholar/guide program is now open to anyone in the world.
Become a Scholar
To welcome new members of the community and help our diversity grow, we’re offering a limited number of registration scholarships to students and members of underrepresented groups in technology. This is a chance to learn more, meet new people, and grow in your career. You’ll get to attend talks to improve your skills and meet influential people in the community.
This scholarship includes a free ticket to the conference. Being online for 2020, travel is not a factor, yay!
Along with your ticket, you’ll be paired with a guide for the duration of the conference. This will be an experienced member of the community to help answer questions, introduce you to new people, and be your go-to person throughout the conference. It’s up to the two of you to decide how you want to interact, but you’re encouraged to discuss what sessions you want to attend, grab lunch together, and network together.
You’ll be paired based on you and your guide’s interests, experience, and what you’re hoping to get out of the conference, so please be a thorough as possible when filling out the survey! Deadline is August 24th.
Become a Guide
You, as an experienced member of the community, have the opportunity to make the experience of a scholar the best it can be. As a guide, you’ll be paired with one of our scholars. By interacting with your pair you can learn from each other, introduce them to others in the community, and maybe even make a new friend! How much and how you interact is entirely up to you and your pair. Some suggestions regarding things you can do include discussing what sessions you want to attend, grabbing lunch together, and introducing your scholar to new people. In general, be available and be a friendly face for your pair as you go about your day at the conference!
You’ll be paired based on you and your scholar’s interests, experience, and what you’re hoping to get out of the conference, so please be a thorough as possible when filling out the survey!
A couple of notes before you apply. This is an opportunity for you to give back to the community. You will need to cover your personal registration, travel, and accommodations for the event. Please let us know if you apply and later find out you are unable to attend. Deadline is August 24th.
How else can I help?
If you’re unable to participate in one of the ways above but still want to help out, you’re in luck! Here are some other things you can do to help give back to the community.
- Be welcoming at the conference. Introduce yourself to someone new. Invite others to join you if they’re attending alone. Learn more about other people and find out what interests them. If nothing else, stand like Pacman to leave room for others to join. Our community is strengthened by these connections!
- Sponsor a diversity and inclusion ticket, or encourage your company to do so. It’s because of the wonderful people and organizations in our community sponsoring these tickets that we’re able to provide this scholarship program. You can donate an individual ticket through the registration form, or contact us for more information.
- Be a dedicated diversity and inclusion sponsor. We have a number of efforts such as more scholarship tickets, childcare reimbursement, Scholar/Guide welcome dinner/breakfast, and live captioning, just to name a few, and we would love your help! If you’d like to find out more, please reach out!
- Make a suggestion. We learn how we can improve from kind feedback from our past and future attendees. If there’s a way we can make Chicago Roboto better for you, let us know.