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Open Apereo has a growing reputation for bringing together teaching and learning practitioners and technologists to discuss affordable open source software serving education. This year we’re focused on innovation and inclusion.
We’re keeping the costs of attendance and participation low, to encourage diversity and inclusion. We’re also making changes to Open Apereo based on community feedback. This year’s schedule will include:
- An Apereo showcase day; a single-track update and highlight day that focuses on new developments across the Apereo family of software communities, and highlights of institutional integration and use.
- A Design Challenge Day focused on Imagining & Building the Future of Learning. We’ll bring technologists, teachers and instructional designers together to address higher education design challenges.
- Streamlined one and a half day long multi-track community highlights session
- One and a half days devoted to community gatherings and unconference-like activities
- We’ll also feature a range of social events and opportunities, extended showcase and poster session opportunities.
Open Apereo 2020 takes place at the University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor from June 15th to 19th 2020. Open Apereo has always been a global event. This year, we’ll also be streaming Open Apereo live and enabling remote participation, extending the reach of the event way beyond North America.
All the face to face events are within easy reach of the attractions of downtown Ann Arbor and a short distance from Detroit International Airport.
We need your support to make this happen. We’ve streamlined and strengthened this year’s sponsorship opportunities, including an exciting new Diversity Scholarship Fund, to ensure that we enable our communities to effectively connect with global talent. Click Here to view the details of the Open Apereo 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities.
Apereo Diversity Scholarships: An Appeal
Your organisation almost certainly uses open source software. Open source communities create valuable and widely used educational software. To continue to create and sustain software successfully, those communities need to reflect the diversity of those who use it. Inclusion is a critical value of an effective open source community, just as it is in your organisation.
The Apereo Foundation is home to seventeen software communities creating and sustaining open software serving the academic mission. Apereo is a diverse community with members and participants on five continents, yet that diversity is not always reflected at the events Apereo and its partners organize. One of the principal reasons for this is lack of funding - particularly in the global South. We want to change that.
The new Apereo Diversity Scholarship Fund is designed to help support participation in events organized by Apereo and its partners, including Open Apereo 2020. Open Apereo 2020 will take place at the University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor June 15th to 19th 2020.
Applicants must be a member of or identify with a group not currently well-represented at Apereo community events, including but not limited to: Those from the global South. Lower-income or less developed countries. Women. People of color. LGBTQ+. Non-binary gender identities. Indigenous peoples. Ability/disability.
We also invite applications from members of underrepresented and/or marginalized groups that don't fit into the categories listed above.
We aim to start the ball rolling by providing at least six scholarships of $2,500 per participant. Each scholarship will be named after the donor organisation, and will feature prominently in Apereo event press releases, other promotional material, and social media. Sponsoring one Diversity Scholarship would make a dramatic difference to the opportunities of an individual from an under-represented group.
Will your organization help us reach this goal? Help us build diversity through inclusion - and build better software. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details, or complete your Diversity Scholar Sponsorship Registration HERE.
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