Geekend Unveils Geekend Schola...

Geekend Unveils Geekend Scholars Program

Posted on January 10, 2018 By Aleshia

Geekend, Savannah’s annual tech and innovation showcase, is offering scholarships to underrepresented groups in the tech and innovation community through the Geekend Scholars program. Individuals who wish to attend Geekend 2018 and are members of underrepresented groups are eligible to apply. Geekend is a two-day conference where Savannah’s hackers, hustlers, designers and makers converge. It has been held annually since 2009 and showcases the best and brightest innovators from tech, education, design, engineering and business in Savannah and beyond.

The goal of Geekend Scholars is to encourage more inclusivity in the local community by incentivizing attendance by people who would not normally attend. The program offers the opportunity to meet leaders in the local innovation community. Minorities, women, people with disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds, and individuals from the LGBTQ community are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A free ticket for admission to Geekend 2018
  • Direct contact with a Guide who can help you integrate into the conference
  • An invitation to a welcome event to meet fellow Scholars and the Guides the night before the conference
  • An invitation to the #TechSAV slack channel where you can interact with local professionals
  • A chance to learn about industry innovations and the opportunity to interact with thought leaders from all over the world

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be 13 years old or older, and must belong to a group that is underrepresented in the technology industry. This includes Black, LatinX, women, people with disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds, and individuals from the LGBTQ community.
  • Participants must attend Geekend Scholars Meeting

“Inclusion and diversity are very important to me as it relates to the tech community,” says Patrick Bentley, lead for the Diversity and Inclusion initiative for Geekend. “Having some type of inclusion program is vital to exposing more people to tech and innovation. Being able to interact with folks in the tech community was vital for my own development.Without key introductions and interactions, I doubt that I would be a software developer today.”

A limited number of tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Apply Here

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