With GitHub Universe one month away we are excited to announce our 2017 Community Partners!
We choose Community Partners based on several criteria but the three main questions we ask ourselves when reaching out to potential organizations are:
GitHub’s push towards a more diverse, inclusive and accessible Universe is rooted in the fact that bringing together people from disparate backgrounds fosters innovation within our industry. If we’re not working to actively engage people from all walks of life, we’re doing our community a disservice. The more we can bring diverse communities together, the more enriching, educational and valuable an experience we can provide for everyone.
With that, we are happy to introduce you to this year’s Universe Community Partners. We encourage you to read ahead in order to learn more about them and the valuable work they do.
Please follow GitHub’s Community Twitter account for announcements from our Community Partners in the coming weeks.
With over 40 breakout sessions, 12 workshops, a benefit concert, and lots of learning in between—there’s something for everyone at Universe. We just released the full Universe schedule, so you can see exactly what’s planned for your three days of discovery and discussion in San Francisco.
Attendees will hear from the GitHub Team and software industry experts like:
Sara Cope, Developer at U.S. General Services Administration
Trent Willis, Senior UI Engineer at Netflix
Frances Haugen, Data Product Manager at Pinterest
Machisté Quintana, Senior Software Engineer at Slack
Cindy Payne, Tech Consulting Group Leader at Nationwide
Everyone has the opportunity to add on a workshop ticket and get hands-on experience with topics like:
“Nerdy Git: the commands you’ve heard about but are afraid to use” with Cynthia Rich, Trainer at GitHub
“How software teams use Heroku pipelines for continuous delivery” with Josh Lewis, Senior Web Developer at Heroku
“Mental wellness in tech” with Amanda Gelender, Director of Social Impact at GitHub
Update August 14, 2017: The deadline for scholarship applications has passed. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming GitHub Universe events.
GitHub Universe is approaching, and this year, we’re returning once again to Pier 70 in San Francisco October 10-12. As part of our efforts to make our conferences inclusive of people from all walks of life and enrich the experience for everyone, we’re excited to offer free tickets through scholarships and community partners.
Please note that none of our Universe scholarships include travel or lodging expenses. A scholarship only covers the cost of the conference ticket. Scholarship recipients are responsible for arranging and paying for all their own travel and lodging expenses to, from, and within San Francisco.
Scholarships aren’t the only one way we’re making GitHub Universe more accessible. This year, attendees can also expect:
We hope to see you at Pier 70!
Patchwork is headed to Pittsburgh! This event is open to beginners to Git and GitHub and mentors who want to help others learn. We’ll have stickers for everyone, and a little something extra for the mentors, so we hope to see you there.
Special thanks to our partners for the event:
GitHubbers and community mentors will be on hand to walk the attendees through their choice of learning modules:
Patchwork is a self-directed, hands-on workshop for learning Git and GitHub. The atmosphere is casual and informal—it’s not an event full of presented tutorials and copious note-taking. You will be able to go at your own pace with the help of a community mentor nearby in case you run into any trouble. Join us for a night of hacking and snacking and make some new friends while you’re at it!
Mentors: if you’ve ever had a pull request merged, now is your chance to share the love and help someone else create magic. :sparkles:
For: Beginners to Git and GitHub When? August 7, 2017 6:30-9:30 pm Where? The Shop, 621 North Dallas, Pittsburgh, PA 15208 (This venue is wheelchair friendly, and provides gender-neutral restrooms) RSVP:
If you do not yet have a GitHub account, we ask that you sign up at https://github.com before you attend the event. It’s fast, easy, and of course, free. This way you’ll be ready to go right out of the gate.
We will provide food and refreshments. If you have any food allergies, please let us know during registration.
Katrina is an Open Source Advocate at GitHub. As a frequent speaker and proposal reviewer for conferences like GitHub Universe, she’s seen hundreds of speaker proposals—and written a few as well.
GitHub Universe is returning to San Francisco this fall, and we’re looking for new voices to lead our breakout sessions. Your stories are unique, and having lived them, you’re the best person to share your insights with others. If you’re new to speaking, don’t let that stop you. We’re more interested in your experience solving problems than how many talks you’ve given.
With our submission deadline approaching on July 28, we’re inviting you to share your session idea with us. Speakers will receive an honorarium and travel accommodations to make sure budget isn’t a limiting factor in your decision to participate.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you refine your speaker proposal.
Put your audience first.
Identify who can benefit most from your story. Even if it’s a first-person experience, tell it to those individuals in a way that helps them connect with it. Make them feel like they’re a part of your experience by framing it in terms of similar experiences they might have and what they can do with the information you’re sharing.
Set the stakes.
Establish a problem you’re addressing and why people should care. This is separate from the solution. Your audience will only care about a solution if you set up the problem in a way that helps them understand it and apply it to their experiences.
Work towards a solution.
After your audience understands the problem, help them understand how to approach it and what’s novel about your approach. It’s ok if you don’t have it all figured out, but make your experience actionable for others and describe possible solutions.
For more tips, check out Sarah Mei’s “What Your Conference Proposal is Missing”.
There were a lot of memorable sessions last year, but these ones stood out as particularly impactful.
Anjuan Simmons, “Lending Privilege”
Anjuan takes the often divisive topic of privileged and marginalized groups in technology, and puts each audience member on both sides of the divide. He makes the topic relevant to everyone and leaves nobody feeling like they’re to blame. After reframing and providing a place where we can stand together, he helps us look ahead with practical, actionable advice. It’s a thoughtful, insightful talk that the audience continued to discuss throughout the conference.
Keavy McMinn, “GitHub Integrations”
Keavy sets the stage by telling stories about specific ways that GitHub’s OAuth applications have caused frustration and failures. Whether you’ve experienced the problems yourself or not, you’ll nod in sympathy and wince in empathy. Then she goes on to share the hero’s journey of designing and implementing GitHub Apps, which solve many of the OAuth app frustrations. It’s a story full of trials, blind canyons, and yaks—as an audience member, it’s easy to think “this could be me”, because every technical project has its tribulations. And the outcome of it all is a way for each of us to build something a new way, whether it’s to scratch an itch or fix a thorny problem.
Pamela Vickers, “Crossing the Canyon of Cognizance: A Shared Adventure”
Pamela opens with the controversy that arose when Bloomberg asserted that “Everyone should learn to code”. Drama is effective in catching audience attention, especially drama that they likely already have strong opinions about. She picks apart the major patterns in the disagreement and concludes that everyone shouldn’t necessarily learn to code, but everyone should be able to learn to code if they want to. She frames the problem statement masterfully and connects it to the audience. She then goes on to describe the stages of learning, illustrating the common modes of failure, and what we can do differently to support and encourage learners at each stage.