To apply for financial aid, please fill out and submit this form. We'll be in contact when we've decided the status of your grant application. The deadline for financial aid applications is July 7th.
Attending a conference is an exciting and valuable way to get involved with a community. It provides delegates with an opportunity to spend time with their peers in a setting that allows the sharing of ideas, and exposes people to opportunities and challenges that they may not otherwise get to see. And above all else, it offers an opportunity to relax with and enjoy the company of the wonderful people in our community!
Unfortunately, many members of our community are unable to take advantage of this kind of opportunity for financial reasons. Attending a conference is expensive, both in terms of explicit financial costs like ticket prices and travel, but also in terms of implicit costs like loss of time or the need to find childcare.
These limitations mean that our community is unevenly exposed to the benefits of conference attendance. This limits us: as long as only a subset of our community are able to attend, we will be missing important perspectives that make our events and lives richer.
For this reason, PyCon UK believes it is extremely important to enable as many people as possible to attend. To this end, we are offering extensive assistance in the form of financial aid. The goal of this program is to enable people to attend who would like to, but cannot bear the financial burden of attending.
Going hand-in-hand with the financial aid process is the other core tenet of PyCon UK: everybody pays. This applies truly to everyone: by default, PyCon UK asks that everybody buys a ticket, including the PyCon UK Committee, all speakers, and all volunteers. This system allows us to support our substantial financial aid process, and ensures that discounted admission is not granted to those who do not need it.
This means that it is extremely important that attendees are proactive about applying for financial aid. If the only reason you are not attending is that you cannot afford to do so, then please apply for financial aid. You can find instructions for doing so below.
To apply for financial aid, please complete this form. We'll be in contact when we've decided the status of your grant application. The deadline for financial aid applications is July 7th.
Please note that you do not need to have purchased a ticket before applying for financial aid. On our financial aid form you'll be able to ask that a ticket be set aside for you, conditional on your grant being processed.