Diversity

Our aim to improve diversity in the technology industry

Our commitment to diversity

PHP UK Conference is dedicated to improving diversity in the technology industry. Over the past few years, we've taken steps towards making PHP UK a welcoming and inclusive event for all attendees. Some of the changes we've implemented are:

  • 2014 - Created a Code of Conduct for all PHP London events
  • 2015 - Revised Call for Papers process to include anonymised voting
  • 2016 - Scholarship programme launch, results available here

PHP UK Scholarship Programme

PHP UK's scholarship program provides aide to members of underrepresented groups who may not otherwise be able to attend our conference for financial reasons.

Fundraising Progress

Our target for PHP UK 2017 is to provide access to 20 or more scholarship awardees. This requires £20,000 in funds to be raised to support the scholarships.

Current funds raised: £260 / £20,000
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Donate to the scholarship programme

You can support our programme and make an individual donation on our tickets page.

Scholarship Award

Each scholarship recipient will be appointed a mentor that can help familiarize the awardee with the conference.

Cash will not be awarded to the recipients. PHP UK will arrange tickets, travel and accommodation on behalf of awardees. If a given awardee does not use the full value of the scholarship, any surplus funds will be put back into the scholarship fund and distributed to additional awardees. 100% of all donations to the scholarship fund will go directly to awardees.

Eligibility

Applicants should be a member of an underrepresented group in technology - women, minorities, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, or other underrepresented groups - and be unable to attend without financial assistance.

Goals

Our target for PHP UK 2017 is to provide access to 20 or more scholarship awardees. This requires £20,000 in funds to be raised to support the scholarships.

With a total attendance of 700 delegates, 20 scholarship awardees is just 3% of the total attendance. At PHP UK 2016 we had 10.3% attendance from delegates identifying as female.

Guidelines

Scholarships are awarded based on random selection. Neither the date you applied nor the content of your application will affect the outcome of your application, although those who apply earliest will have the most opportunities to be chosen. Selection will be made randomly and anonymously by an assembled group of reviewers who will assess each applicant's request.

If you are employed, and your employer is able to sponsor your travel, we can list them as a scholarship sponsor.

Mentors

Each scholarship awardee will be paired with a mentor to help familiarize the awardee with the conference. Anyone who is already attending the event can volunteer to be a mentor, just fill out the application form below.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the scholarship or mentorship application. All application info will be kept confidential. If you have any questions, please contact diversity@phpconference.co.uk

  • Applications open: April 1, 2016
  • Applications close: February 1, 2017
  • Applicant notification: As soon as funds become available
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Apply for a scholarship

If you believe you qualify for a scholarship you can apply using our online form.

Sponsorship

Individuals

We need your help! If you are interested in supporting the scholarship program as an individual, you may do so while registering for the conference.

Individual donations can also be made by clicking the button above.

Companies & Organisations

If you are interested in supporting the program as a company or non-registered individual, please contact diversity@phpconference.co.uk. Donations of £1000 or greater will be offered a sponsorship package including logos and links back to your company or organisation website. Higher level sponsors have higher level placement on the page.

Diversity Sponsorships

Epic Diversity Sponsor - £5000

  • Logo, link, and top placement on the diversity sponsorship page
  • Thank you tweet on receipt of funds
  • Thank you tweet after conference
  • 3 passes to pre-conference scholarship awardee dinner

Grand Diversity Sponsor - £3000

  • Logo and link on the diversity sponsorship page
  • Thank you tweet on receipt of funds
  • Thank you tweet after conference
  • 2 passes to pre-conference scholarship awardee dinner

Noble Diversity Sponsor - £2000

  • Link on the diversity sponsorship page
  • Thank you tweet on receipt of funds
  • Thank you tweet after conference

Valorous Diversity Sponsor - £1000

  • Link on the diversity sponsorship page
  • Thank you tweet on receipt of funds
  • Thank you tweet after conference

Questions, Comments, Information

Please feel free to contact us at diversity@phpconference.co.uk and a member of our organising team will get back to you.

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