The Importance of Community
(image from Ian M Jones)
I discovered the very first CascadiaJS event in 2012 and have made this my annual pilgrimage since.
At the 2019 event, I ran into friends I hadn't seen in a couple of years.
What's in store for CascadiaJS 2020?
There are a few events that are part of CascadiaJS this year that are a bit different than years previous. Beyond it being in cyberspace, there are pre-events!
July Prefunk () -- CascadiaJS is hosting a pre-conference meetup. Tickets are free though if you choose to pay all proceeds will support the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
August Prefunk -- Stay tuned for the next pre-conference event in August.
Conference Week ( - ) -- This week begins with a job fair, followed by two days of conference, followed by two days of workshops! See schedule.
Learning and Growth Opportunities
One thing that is really important to me, is helping others find success in a welcoming community, like I was able to.
To ease (more like leap) into this new front-end lifestyle, I had been attending the national JSConf at the peak of my tech transition, and went for several years. The conferences were fantastic, however they were so popular that tickets would sell out in about 15 seconds.
When I heard of a new Pacific Northwest conference starting up, I was thrilled -- a chance to meet and work with people in our local community.
The Community Opportunity
Fast-forward to this year: I have the opportunity to volunteer as part of the conference organizing committee!
I took on the role of Scholarship Lead and also participated in reviewing the talks during the "Call for Presenters" process.
CascadiaJS offers an Opportunity Scholarship Program to make the conference more accessible to a broader group of people. Conference attendees may apply for a scholarship here. If you'd like to contribute to the Scholarship Fund, you can do so when buying a ticket for the conference, the prefunk events, or via sponsorship.
You can learn more about the conference by visiting CascadiaJS 2020 for the speaker line-up, social events, and how to join the community on Slack and Twitter.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the CascadiaJS community, and look forward to seeing you at the events!