[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ROSCon 2018 Diversity Scholarships: Applications Open

D Hood dhood at osrfoundation.org
Fri Apr 20 16:58:22 PDT 2018

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The ROSCon 2018 organizing committee aims for ROSCon to represent the
entire ROS community, which is diverse and global. In addition to promoting
technology that is open source, we also strive to ensure that our
communities themselves are as open and accessible as possible, since we
recognize that diversity benefits the ROS ecosystem as a whole.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re
interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. To help reduce
the financial barriers to conference attendance, the ROSCon organizing
committee is offering a number of scholarships to members of traditionally
underrepresented groups in the tech community. Thanks to the support of the
program’s sponsors, these scholarships each include a complimentary
conference registration pass and three nights’ accommodation shared with
another recipient*. Limited travel support is available for participants
whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible**. Please note
that all other expenses (including any visa requirements) will be the
responsibility of the participant.

*To maximize the impact of the scholarship funds, scholarship recipients
will be asked to share a room with another recipient. Under special
circumstances alternative arrangements can be accommodated.

**Participants will be responsible for covering their travel expenses
up-front, as the travel support will be provided once at the conference.

=== Eligibility ===

We invite applications from members of groups that have been traditionally
underrepresented in the robotics community (including but not limited to:
women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, people from racial and/or ethnic
minorities in the robotics community, and people from developing nations),
who may not otherwise be able to attend ROSCon.

Previous ROSCon Diversity Scholarship recipients are not eligible to
re-apply, but we are proud to share this feedback from a participant of the
2017 Diversity Program [1]:

> The ROSCon Diversity Scholarship Program provided me with an opportunity
that would have been completely impossible without it. I was able to attend
my first robotics conference and feel empowered to keep working to try and
make a positive impact on this community. Also, it was very encouraging to
see so many companies stepping up to promote and enable diversity within
their companies and the robotics community. Thank you!

=== Sponsors ===

The ROSCon 2018 Diversity Program is made possible with support from the
following sponsors:

Amazon, Erle Robotics, Fetch Robotics, Google, Locus Robotics

If your organization is interested in getting involved in the Diversity
Program, please get in contact: roscon-2018-oc at openrobotics.org

Thank you also to the conference Platinum Sponsor, Erle, and conference
Gold Sponsors: Amazon, Clearpath, Fetch Robotics, Google, Locus, ROBOTIS,
Tier IV, Universal Robots.

=== How to apply ===

To apply, fill out this form [2] by May 6 2018, describing how you are
involved with ROS and the robotics community and what you hope to get out
of attending ROSCon. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of
need and impact. Every applicant will be notified of the outcome of their

For more information about ROSCon 2018, including the program, code of
conduct, and childcare options, please see https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__roscon.ros.org_2018&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=tNXlCsyKh3noZFAW23qR_25EwdVMkFKntKBLlXRaWOE&s=EFz2A41JvXbZPbpRBte_3o3Hd8YLCyox5pHpTBfeen4&e=

[1] https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.osrfoundation.org_roscon2017-2Ddiversity-2Dreview_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=tNXlCsyKh3noZFAW23qR_25EwdVMkFKntKBLlXRaWOE&s=OAuNVn7fwcMnzZUutDfTHw3xFOMHlE4934SxpPtQwCw&e=
[2] https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__goo.gl_2o498j&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=tNXlCsyKh3noZFAW23qR_25EwdVMkFKntKBLlXRaWOE&s=8VP2Hp8JJmqk2AohX-kIzHHBgKtQi2KSr1wGMsSOeK0&e=

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