Women Who Go is a project of Bridge Foundry, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Women Who Go to Gophercon is run by Verónica López and Cassandra Salisbury and raises funds to send diverse participants to Gophercon in Denver, CO.
We all love Gophercon. Some of us look forward to it every year. Gophercon connects us, and makes us want to be better programmers. Gophercon encourages us. Gophercon is home for many of us, and a great source of inspiration for the coming year. Gophercon is a great entrypoint into the Go community, tech community, and US tech ecosystem. But not everyone has access to the funds necessary to get there.
We select diversity scholarship recipients first and foremost based upon their proven leadership abilities and drive to give back. The impact of giving a scholarship to a minority engineer who has already demonstrated a knack and drive to lead their own local and/or minority engineering communities can be exponential. We have seen a tree-like growth from many of last years' recipients, in fact, where one scholar goes home to inspire many, and these engineers, in turn, are motivated and excited to inspire many more.
Gophercon is again a great place to find inspiration, and a great opportunity to spread this inspiration around the globe via our scholarship recipients. Gophercon is the perfect place to foster a more diverse set of leaders in our community.
Your donation to the Gophercon Scholarship Program therefore not only will help one excellent engineer to come to Gophercon, to experience the joy and inspiration first hand, but it will make an incredible impact on our Go community.
LAST YEAR'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS (the numbers)
Last year we raised just under $50,000 (this including donated airline miles and conference tickets). We awarded 42 scholarships to diverse gophers! Check out the breakdown of donations and scholarship recipients here or via the images in our "gallery" above.
LAST YEAR'S SUCCESS STORIES
"Thanks to my WWG GopherCon 2017 scholarship, I met the Sourcegraph team at the conference. I landed my dream job with them as a Software Engineer because of this scholarship!"
- Vanesa Ortiz, @vanesacodes
"Thanks to the WWG scholarship I was able to attend this year Gophercon, and the experience was absolutely incredible. I met a ton of nice gophers and learned lots of new things. But above all, it gave me inspiration & courage. As an underrepresented person, it's difficult for us to get a job (at least outside of our native country). All the inspiration/motivation after Gophercon pushed me to apply for my dream job at GitLab, and guess what? I got it!!!! :)"
- Mayra Cabrera, @may_cabrera
"I was one of the Gophercon Denver 2017 scholarship winners, and because of Sarah Adams and Verónica López's amazing work I got to be part of the amazing experience that was Gophercon. I met a lot of incredible women there, and even though we were in significantly smaller number, I know that a large part of the women that were present was able to attend because of WWG. The whole time I was there I couldn't stop wondering how different the conference would look had it not been for WWG pushing for more female representation.
After attending Gophercon I sensed my confidence as a developer has increased a lot, and I can tell my co-workers have more faith in my abilities. It was like I could prove my worth and dedication to the job to them. Sarah's hard work has impacted my life tremendously, and I'm incredibly grateful to her and everyone else at WWG."
- Tainá Leal
YOU CAN ALSO DONATE MILES/HOTELS/TICKETS
- Do you fly a lot for work? - consider donating some of your airline miles!
- Is your company paying for your hotel? Or do you live in Denver? - consider donating a bed for a scholarship recipient!
- Is your company sponsoring Gophercon? - consider donating the Gophercon tickets you receive to a scholarship recipient!
Here is the form for donating Airline miles, lodging or Gophercon tickets.
Women Who Go is a program of the 501c3 nonprofit Bridge Foundry, so your donations will be tax-deductible in the USA. All donations are provided to Bridge Foundry, Inc. as unrestricted funds.