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Friday, July 26, 2013

Preparing for Grace Hopper Celebration 2013

In the past few months we’ve all been gearing up for GHC 13 with session proposals, papers and posters. Then scholarship applications and early bird registration which ends today! So what’s left?

1. Secure Funding
-If you have yet to secure all of the funding you need to attend, now is the time to do so. First take a minute to read Kate’s latestblog on how she has found funding in previous years. 

-If you have funding for travel expenses including airfare and hotel but still need registration: Apply to be a Hopper, applications arenow open.. Hoppers are volunteers who work at the conference in exchange for free conference registration. You will be scheduled for 8 hours of volunteer time in one or multiple of the following activities: checking badges, assisting registration, and helping with sessions and conference activities. Shifts are available between October 2-5, 2013

2. Participate in Pre-Conference Activities
-The online communities are already alive with conversation about the conference, take a moment to join the discussions and networking through your favorite social network to meet attendees before you arrive, a list of places to connect can be found here.

-Soon the Communities committee will put out a call for official volunteer bloggers and note takers. The application will be open during the month of August and you will have the chance to get involved and increase readership of your own blog. Stay tuned for more information on this. (Psst. This year we will even be looking for some video bloggers to apply, which will give you the opportunity to interview and talk with many interesting people at GHC13.)

-Up load your resume to the resume database here where 110 sponsors will review it before the conference and may schedule a meeting with you in advance!

3. Plan your session schedule
The session schedule is up! Check out all the great professional development topics as well as technical papers being presented here.
It’s a good idea to make a plan before you arrive, especially if you intend on applying to be a hopper or a official note taker or blogger. Knowing the sessions you don’t want to miss can be to your advantage when scheduling your volunteer time.

Until next time,

Charna Parkey
Co-Chair, GHC 13 Communities Committee

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