React.js Conf 2016 Diversity Scholarship

December 04, 2015 by Paul O’Shannessy

I am thrilled to announced that we will be organizing another diversity scholarship program for the upcoming React.js Conf! The tech industry is suffering from a lack of diversity, but it’s important to us that we have a thriving community that is made up of people with a variety of experiences and viewpoints.

When we ran this program last year, we had over 200 people apply for only 10 tickets. There were so many people that we wanted to bring in but we couldn’t. The results were still awesome, and we had bright individuals from around the world attending who would have otherwise been unable to. These attendees took part in discussions at the conference and brought perspectives that we might not have otherwise seen there.

This year we’re excited to bring back the scholarship, but we’ve set aside 40 tickets because we really believe that it’s important to do our best to make sure we have an even more diverse audience.

This is something I’m personally really excited to be a part of. I know the rest of the team is as well. We’re really proud to have everyone at Facebook providing support and funding for this.

The details of the scholarship are provided below (or you can go directly to the application). I encourage you to apply! If you don’t feel like you are eligible yourself, you can still help – send this along to friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, or anybody who might be interested. And even if you haven’t spoken before, please consider submitting a proposal for a talk (either 30 minutes or just 5 minutes) - we’re hoping to have a very diverse group of speakers in addition to attendees.


Facebook is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the React.js Conf Diversity Scholarship!

Beginning today, those studying or working in computer science or a related field can apply for a partial scholarship to attend the React.js Conf in San Francisco, CA on February 22 & 23, 2016.

React opens a world of new possibilities such as server-side rendering, real-time updates, different rendering targets like SVG and canvas. React Native makes is easy to use the same concepts and technologies to build native mobile experiences on iOS and Android. Join us at React.js Conf to shape the future of client-side applications! For more information about the React.js conference, please see the website.

At Facebook, we believe that anyone anywhere can make a positive impact by developing products to make the world more open and connected to the people and things they care about. Given the current realities of the tech industry and the lack of representation of communities we seek to serve, applicants currently under-represented in Computer Science and related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. Facebook will make determinations on scholarship recipients in its sole discretion. Facebook complies with all equal opportunity laws.

To apply for the scholarship, please visit the application page: http://goo.gl/forms/PEmKj8oUp4

Award Includes

  • Paid registration fee for the React.js Conf February 22 & 23 in downtown San Francisco, CA
  • Paid lodging expenses for February 21, 22, 23

Important Dates

  • Sunday December 13th 2015 - 11:59 PST: Applications for the React.js Conf Scholarship must be submitted in full
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 2015: Award recipients will be notified by email of their acceptance
  • Monday & Tuesday, February 22 & 23, 2016: React.js Conf

Eligibility

  • Must currently be studying or working in Computer Science or a related field
  • International applicants are welcome, but you will be responsible for securing your own visa to attend the conference
  • You must be able to provide your own transportation to San Francisco
  • You must be available to attend the full duration of React.js Conf on February 22 & 23 in San Francisco, CA
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