Conference Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program

At O’Reilly, we believe that true innovation depends on hearing from, and listening to, people with a variety of perspectives. We want our conferences, and the technology communities and companies who participate in them, to include, encourage, and recognize people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service.

To help underrepresented groups participate in O’Reilly conferences, we’re offering scholarships to members of underrepresented groups in the technical community.

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What’s included

  • Conference pass that includes 1-day training, plus the video compilation (Gold Pass or equivalent); 2-day training courses are not included in the scholarship
  • $599 (USD) prepaid gift card to help offset the costs related to attending the conference such as travel, lodging, food, and child care; gift card will be awarded to recipient onsite at the conference

Application deadlines

Please note: We begin to accept applications approximately 18 weeks before a conference begins. All applicants are notified of their status approximately 6 weeks before a conference begins. The application deadline for Software Architecture in NY has passed and applications are no longer being accepted.

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Fine print: The award of any scholarship is in O’Reilly’s discretion. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and may not be awarded more than one scholarship per calendar year. No cash equivalents are available. Scholarships are not transferable. Scholarship recipients are responsible for arranging their own travel and lodging. Scholarship recipients are responsible for their own financial reporting. Scholarships will be awarded for US conferences only. Due to limited availability, only one scholarship may be awarded per company. O’Reilly has the right to revoke scholarships if a conference is cancelled, or if we discover incorrect or misleading information was provided by the recipient.

Notes from past scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipient, Fluent San Jose 2017 Scholarship recipients, Strata New York 2018 Scholarship recipients, Oscon Austin 2017 Scholarship recipient, Strata New York 2018
I’ve embarked on establishing Data Science practices at the largest EDI network in retail. Receiving a scholarship from O’Reilly to attend Strata + Hadoop World was an amazing opportunity for me to level up on my approach. With a new set of strategies and tools, I’m more confident about designing a path towards #DataScienceHappiness for myself.
Since receiving the diversity scholarship I’ve gone on to start a design strategist position at a non-profit in Oakland. I actually got my first interview on the second day of the conference and was able to bring in a lot of what I learned from the conference. Again thanks so much for the opportunity you gave me with the diversity scholarship. It helped open up a lot of doors for me and gave me a slew of new tools to use.
Once again thank you to you and your team for the scholarship this year, it was one of the best things that happened to me this year. I’m very grateful for such support and generosity!
I just wanted to thank you for that incredible opportunity and experience. It really helped me grow as a developer, and it even strengthened my confidence and gave me a lot of exposure to technologies I was unaware of. From the networking, to the content of technology everything was amazing and it even exceeded my expectations. So all-in-all, Thank You.
Thank you and the O’Reilly team for providing me with the opportunity to attend OSCON. It has been the most rewarding and enriching experience I’ve had so far since graduating. I am empowered to start my career. With sincere gratitude, thank you!
Thank you very much to O’Reilly Media for the scholarship. What a fabulous kick-off for my graduate studies.
I wanted to write to you to thank you for the opportunity to attend OSCON this year! I arrived early, spent valuable time meeting and talking with people and making the right connections. OSCON was important because it helped me look beyond just Health IT related Open Source. It helped broaden my horizons, get up to speed with the latest happenings in this field, and try to determine where I fit in this great puzzle. Also, getting to attend OSCON gives me hope. I hope that you’ll be able to provide more scholarships next year, and that you continue to be able to attract the right types of people. And hopefully you won’t reject my talk proposal next year either :)
I’m writing this note to express my deep and sincere gratitude for being chosen to received the Design Conference scholarship. I recently made a decision to switch my career to UX design and the conference will help me wrap up my transition, get a new job, and become a maker of wonderful things for people. Thank you for supporting folks like me and for giving me such an amazing learning opportunity.
I just wanted to highlight again how grateful I am to have attended Strata in New York last year. It was very important to meet key people and strengthen relationships with others that I already knew. Which ultimately helped me with transition to a new company. Thank you!