I have to be really candid. At the first event we ever ran, back in 2004, we only came to the realisation very close to the event that our speaker line-up was all male. We were chastened, and hopefully learnt our lesson early, and from that time on, here at Web Directions our goal has been to have a speaker line up and audience that reflects the diversity of our industry.
We want everyone to feel welcome at our events, and want the diversity in our line-up to also be reflected in the audience that attends. We firmly believe that Diversity makes events better (and life better in general). But we also recognise that often those from under-represented backgrounds find conferences hard to afford.
So, we have been able to offer diversity places in the past, however this year our venue is a little larger and we want to be able to extend the opportunity to as many people as possible.
We want Summit 18, Australia’s long running, world leading event for web and digital designers, engineers, developers, and decision makers to have the most diverse audience it possibly can. That is why we are taking inspiration from JSConfEU and enabling the Web Directions community to directly support someone from an under-represented group, who otherwise would be unable to afford to attend to come to Summit 18.
We know not everyone has the means to do so, but if you are able to help we have 3 levels of support. We’re pricing our diversity tickets at half the price of a regular ticket. Supporters can
- Pay $195, or 25% of a diversity ticket
- Pay $395, or 50% of a diversity ticket
- Our pay 100% of a diversity ticket, $795
You can purchase a diversity ticket here.
In recognition of your support your a name will be given a presence at the event (or you can remain anonymous if you prefer). You can support the diversity scholarship even if you are not able to attend this year as well.
Apply for a scholarship
If you are a member of an under-represented group, or know someone who’d benefit, living in Australia and wish to apply for a scholarship to attend Summit 18, applications are open now.
Successful applicants will get a silver Ticket (Conference ticket, plus videos).
For successful applicants residing in Australia but outside of Sydney, travel and accomodation will also be covered. More information and how to apply is here.