SiD Expands Scope of EDiT Grants for October RPG & DB2 Summit
September 15 application deadline for six grants
Woodbury, VT - August 19, 2010 - System i Developer, organizers of the popular RPG & DB2 Summit conferences, today announces it will provide EDiT (Education for Developers in Transition) Grants totaling 15 days of education to six unemployed IBM i developers to be used to attend the RPG & DB2 Summit or the related Headstart Seminars, October 11-14 at the Sofitel in Minneapolis. Under the grant program, three unemployed developers will each receive an EDiT Monitor Grant, in which the recipient joins the SiD team as a room monitor in exchange for full conference registration plus a day of Headstart Seminars. An additional three applicants will receive EDiT Seminar Grants, allowing them to attend a full day of Headstart Seminars on October 11.
System i Developer initiated the EDiT Grant program in March 2010 in response to the large number of unemployed developers faced with the challenge of keeping their skills up to date. Before then, SiD provided similar grants on an individual basis.
"Last spring we tried to include as many people as possible, expecting that most applicants would live within driving distance and have virtually no travel expenses," explains Susan Gantner, partner at System i Developer. "But the i community surprised and impressed us with their willingness to invest in travel in order to update their skills. Unfortunately, some couldn't justify the cost of travel for a single half-day seminar. So, for this conference, we decided to repackage the benefits to expand the amount of education covered by each grant and increase our total commitment from 11 days of education to 15. This fall there will be three full scholarships instead of two, and each full scholarship will also include a day of Headstart Seminars. Plus the Seminar Grants will double to cover two half-day seminars instead of one."
Response from participants in the March 2010 Summit has been positive. Allison Taylor, an EDiT Monitor, credits the experience with helping her to secure a full-time position within weeks after the event. She explains, "According to my new employer, continuing education and participation in the Summit was a key factor in landing this great job. We are implementing a new system that uses the best of existing tools combined with new technologies, so they were looking for someone who would not be intimidated by that. They wanted someone who actively continues to learn new things."
Developers selected as room monitors will help SiD staff and conference speakers by distributing handouts, tracking session attendance, helping with registration and providing other assistance as needed. In exchange for this help, they will receive all benefits of a Summit registration, including attendance at conference sessions and Headstart Seminars, meals, handouts and evening events.
Recipients of the EDiT Headstart Seminar grant will be able to attend two of four half-day Seminars and the seminar luncheon held on Monday, October 11 at no charge. The Headstart Seminars include:
- Web Services for RPGers with Scott Klement
- Developing Data Centric Solutions with SQL with Mike Cain
- PHP for RPG Developers with Jon Paris
"Too many people have been hurt by the economy," says Susan Gantner. "But in spite of wage or benefit cuts, if we're still employed, we're ahead of the game. It's up to us to figure out ways to lend a hand wherever we can."
"We see reason to hope that the employment situation will improve soon. Paid registration for the Summit was up almost 40% at the close of early registration compared to the same period for the March 2010 Summit. If registration continues at this pace, the Summit will be back to pre-recession attendance levels this fall. That suggests to us that companies are beginning to invest again."
The application deadline for EDiT grants is Wednesday, September 15. All grant recipients will be responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses. Details on the grants, including qualification criteria and how to apply, can be found at http://www.systemideveloper.com/EDiT.html.
The RPG & DB2 Summit is sponsored by three leading media organizations, IBM Systems Magazine, System iNetwork and MC Press Online.