30 May - 1 June, 2018, University College, Dublin
CarpentryCon 2018
Building Locally, Connecting Globally
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About CarpentryCon 2018

  • What is CarpentryCon?

    CarpentryCon 2018 is the key community-building and networking event in The Carpentries' annual calendar of activities. This event will bring together newer and more experienced community members to share knowledge, to network, to develop new skills, and to develop strategies for building strong local communities.

    The key theme of the conference is "Building Locally, Connecting Globally", and attendees must be prepared to abide by our Code of Conduct.
    Register to attend.

  • When and where will it be held?


    CarpentryCon 2018 will be held from 30 May – 1 June, 2018, at University College Dublin, Ireland. Since this will be a truly international event, we plan to offer travel scholarships to facilitate attendance from as wide a group as possible. Sign up for news and announcements.

    We are very grateful for the generous support of University College Dublin in hosting this event.

  • Who is speaking there?

    We have four great keynote speakers: Valerie Aurora, a software engineer turned diversity and inclusion consultant, Anelda van der Walt, our 2017 Community Service Award winner, Dr Greg Wilson, founder of Software Carpentry, and Professor Desmond Higgins, a bioinformatician who developed the Clustal package for multiple sequence alignment.

  • Who is organizing it?

    The Carpentries (Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry) are organizing this event, with the very generous assistance of the host site, University College Dublin, and our other sponsors. The Carpentries (a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives) teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.

  • Registrations are now open!

Conference Format

Building Locally, Connecting Globally

Workshops

We are offering a series of practical, hands-on skill-ups, workshops and breakout sessions to teach essential skills around coding, leading projects, community organization, curriculum development and other professional development 'must-haves'. We will have a 'come and learn' format different from most conferences.
Check out the draft program.

Networking Events

There will be a series of social and other events, including a poster reception and a dinner, and other events to foster networking, especially among Instructors who might want to share workshop and teaching tips. Attendees will have lots of opportunities to come together informally to share stories about challenges and successes.

Community Building

Member organizations, local Champions, Carpentries' advocates, and staff will talk about ways to build communities all around the world. Hear from local Champions about tried and tested methods for building strong local communities. Pitch your own community building ideas for discussion in CarpentryCon's 'unconference' section.

Our Sponsors and Donors

The Carpentries would like to acknowledge the very generous support of the following organisations and individuals, who are helping to make CarpentryCon 2018 possible. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at CarpentryCon, please see our Sponsorship page.

Venue Sponsor

University College Dublin

Travel Sponsors

Failte Ireland     Software Sustainability Institute

Travel Scholarship Donor

Christina Koch

Gift Sponsors

Overleaf

CarpentryCon Sponsorship

CarpentryCon 2018 planning is now well underway. We have chosen a venue and a date, identified keynote speakers, and roughed out a program, but we are still missing one vital piece:

MORE SPONSORS!

CarpentryCon 2018 will only be possible with the generous support of businesses and foundations who support our mission of teaching foundational computational and data science skills to researchers to safeguard the future of sound, open, reproducible science.

Why sponsor CarpentryCon?

Without the support of sponsors who share our vision, we will not be able to deliver the event our community needs.

  • Help us keep registration costs low so people aren't priced out of attending
  • Help us maximise participation by people from diverse geographies and communities, including the global South
  • Help us provide travel scholarships to allow as wide an audience as possible to attend

By supporting us, you will help skill up the next generation of research leaders, people who will attend CarpentryCon to develop the skills needed to lead 21st century research, whether that be in academia or industry.

This is a perfect opportunity to promote your products and services to these research leaders of the future.

In return for your support, we can promise you a number of benefits.

Marketing

Your name, your product, your service can all be part of our event marketing. Get your logo on our website, our T-shirt, our poster, our conference slides, and on all our promotional materials, including social media and email channels. Leading sponsors will get conference time to air their messages, and will be able to send targeted emails to all delegates.

Expo

We will provide exhibition space to allow you to showcase your offerings and network with delegates during the three days of CarpentryCon. You can demo products or services, give away swag, and start some great conversations.

Our audience

CarpentryCon's diverse audience will include graduate students, early career researchers, senior academics, lab and project leaders, software engineers, people in the tech industry, and more. We expect people to come from all round the world to attend this signature event.

Finding people to join your company

Many graduate student and early career researchers make the jump from academia to industry. What better place to find your next staffer than at CarpentryCon where people have come along to grow and sharpen a diverse range of skills?

Meeting your needs

Not sure any of our packages work for you? We will tailor a sponsorship package that exactly fits your needs. All you have to do is ask!

Contact Belinda Weaver or SherAaron Hurt to discuss your options, or use this form to express interest.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Hosted at University College, Dublin from 30 May - 1 June, 2018, CarpentryCon 2018 will be the key networking and community-building event in the Carpentries' annual calendar. Some of the brightest and most promising researchers and data scientists from around the world will meet to network, to learn about digital research tools, and the practice of reproducible, open science, and to further develop the coding, communication and project management skills research and industry are crying out for.

There are many ways to support CarpentryCon 2018! We are seeking:
Leading Sponsors to support the whole event |  Supporting Sponsors to cover the many costs entailed |  Travel Sponsors to make it diverse, global, and accessible.

Express your interest in sponsoring CarpentryCon 2018 or Download the Sponsorship flyer

Sponsorship Tiers Available


Tier Amount What's included
     
Leading Sponsor $25,000
  • Top-level placement of organization's logo on conference website and title slides, and on giveaways produced (e.g. t-shirt)
  • Opportunity to address the full conference for up to 5 minutes
  • Opportunity to have two communications of up to 150 words included in emails sent to conference participants
  • Statement of thanks at the opening of the conference (logos displayed)
  • Table and space provided for organization's marketing material throughout the conference
  • Free conference registrations for up to 3 people from sponsor's organization
     
Supporting Sponsors $12,500
  • Prominent placement of organization's logo on conference homepage and on giveaways produced (e.g. t-shirt)
  • Opportunity to address the assembled participants for up to 5 minutes during the conference
  • Opportunity to have one communication of up to 150 words included in an email sent to all conference participants
  • Statement of thanks at the opening of the conference (logos displayed)
  • Table and space provided for organization's marketing material throughout the conference
  • Free conference registrations for up to 2 people from sponsor's organization
     
Donors - Organizations or Individuals $5,000 / negotiable
  • Placement of organization's logo/individual name on conference homepage as donor
  • Statement of thanks to donors at the closing of the conference (logos/names displayed)
     
Travel Sponsors From $2,500
  • Sponsor one (or more) attendees to attend the conference with a full scholarship that covers travel, accommodation, conference registration, and visa processing fees.
  • Placement of organization's logo on a dedicated portion of the conference website
  • Statement of thanks to sponsoring organizations at the opening of the conference (logos displayed)
     
Prize Sponsors From $1,000
  • Placement of organization's logo on conference homepage as prize sponsor
  • Statement of thanks at the closing of the conference (logos displayed)

Our Keynote Speakers

The Carpentries are excited to announce that we have four fantastic keynote speakers lined up for you in Dublin.

Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora is a software engineer turned diversity and inclusion consultant. She is the founder of Frame Shift Consulting, which helps technology organizations build in-house expertise and leadership in diversity and inclusion. As lead author and a facilitator of the Ally Skills Workshop, she has taught thousands of people ally skills: simple, everyday ways for people who have more power and influence to support people with less. She co-founded the Ada Initiative and Double Union, non-profits supporting women in technology and the arts. Prior to that, she worked as a Linux kernel and file systems developer for more than 10 years at Red Hat, IBM, Intel, and other technology companies.

Desmond Higgins

Des Higgins is Professor of Bioinformatics in University College Dublin, Ireland where his lab works on "omics" data analysis and sequence alignment algorithms. He has a PhD in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His group maintains and develops the Clustal package for multiple sequence alignment in collaboration with groups in France, Germany and the UK. Des wrote the first version of Clustal in Dublin in 1988 and then moved to the EMBL Data Library group, in Heidelberg, in 1990 as a post-doc and later, staff scientist. In 1994, he moved to the EBI, Hinxton with the Data Library and stayed there for two years.This coincided with the release of Clustal W, and later, Clustal X which became extremely widely used and cited. Currently he has run out of letters and works on Clustal Omega which is designed for making extremely large protein alignments.
Anelda van der Walt

Anelda van der Walt

Anelda van der Walt works with various organisations to improve computational and digital literacy and the establishment of communities of practice amongst African researchers, students, and support staff. The infectious vibe of collaboration and community experienced at her first Carpentry workshop in 2014 in Cape Town, made her realise there was a massive need for more such events locally. She founded Talarify in order to help drive change through sharing knowledge and is doing this by creating awareness of, and improving access to, reusable online materials, open communities, and free and/or open source tools. She was voted the 2017 Carpentries Community Service Award winner.
Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson

Dr Greg Wilson has worked for 30 years in both industry and academia, and is the author or editor of several books on computing and two for children. He co-founded Software Carpentry, and is now Head of Instructor Training for DataCamp.

Draft CarpentryCon 2018 Program


This is our draft program. Spaces are open for posters and lightning talks. Submit your abstract here.


Tuesday, 29 May

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

TBA

Wednesday, 30 May

Day Time Event Location
Wednesday 8:15-9:00 am Registration Foyer
Wednesday 9:00-9:20 am Bingo Cards Icebreaker Foyer
Wednesday 9:20-9:30 am Welcome to Conference TBA
Wednesday 9:40-10:45 am Keynote: Professor Desmond Higgins
Includes question time
TBA
Wednesday 10:45-11:30 am Morning break and networking TBA
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 am Skill-Up 1: Project Leadership
Skill-Up 2: Speaking Effectively
Skill-Up 3: Contributing on GitHub
TBA
TBA
TBA
Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch TBA
Wednesday 1:30-2:35 pm Keynote: Dr Greg Wilson
Includes question time
TBA
Wednesday 2:35-3:35 pm Breakout 1: Carpentry methods in university courses
Breakout 2: Chasing Funding for workshops
Breakout 3: Lesson infrastructure: how can we make it easier to develop and contribute to lessons?
TBA
TBA
TBA
Wednesday 3:35-4:05 pm Break TBA
Wednesday 4:05-4:30 pm Lightning Talk 1
Lightning Talk 2
Lightning Talk 3
TBA
TBA
TBA
Wednesday 4:30-5:30 pm Breakout 4: Incubating a Carpentry: the Library Carpentry use-case
Breakout 5: Making the Case for Membership
Breakout 6: Diversity and Inclusion
TBA
TBA
TBA
Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm

Poster Reception


Includes The State of the Carpentries address
TBA

Thursday, 31 May

Day Time Event Location
Thursday 8:30-9:00 am Coffee and networking Foyer
Thursday 9:15-10:20 am Keynote: Valerie Aurora
Includes question time
TBA
Thursday 10:20-10.50 am Break Foyer
Thursday 11:00 am-12:00 noon Skill-Up 4: Leading a Research Lab
Skill-Up 5: Creating and Registering a Carpentry Event Website
Skill-Up 6: Shell Tips and Tricks
TBA
TBA
TBA
Thursday 12:00-12:30 pm Workshop Pitches
Q&A on The State of the Carpentries address
TBA
TBA
Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch TBA
Thursday 1:30-2:35 pm Keynote: Anelda van der Walt
Includes question time
TBA
Thursday 2:35-3:35 pm Breakout 7: Community Building
Breakout 8: HPC Carpentry
Breakout 9: Overcoming Unconscious Bias
TBA
TBA
TBA
Thursday 3:35-4:05 pm Break TBA
Thursday 4:05-4:30 pm Lightning Talk 4
Lightning Talk 5
Lightning Talk 6
TBA
TBA
TBA
Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm Breakout 10: Taking the Carpentries to Industry
Breakout 11: Fostering FAIR Data and Sustainable Software Practices
Breakout 12: Mentoring
TBA
TBA
TBA
Thursday 6:30-10:00 pm

Conference Dinner

TBA

Friday, 1 June

Day Time Event Location
Friday 9:00-12:30 pm Workshop 1: Bring and Build Your Own Lesson 'Carpentries-style'
Workshop 2: Lesson Hack-a-Thon/Voted Session from Pitches
Workshop 3: Ally Workshop with Valerie Aurora
TBA
TBA
TBA
Friday 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch TBA
Friday 1:30-4:30 pm Workshop 4: Advanced R
Workshop 5: HPC Carpentry
Workshop 6: Topic to be voted
TBA
TBA
TBA
Friday 4:30 pm-5:00pm

Conference Close and Feedback

TBA

Conference Registration

There are a range of registration types, including Early Bird.
We will try to support lower fees (or waive fees altogether) for people who can make a good case for assistance.
Use this form to apply for financial support. While we hope to subsidise a number of attendees, this subsidy will be a top up only, not the full cost of travel.


Type Cost Closing date What's included Registration
Early Bird Registration $200 16 March, 2018 Full registration
- Access to all conference sessions
- Access to all workshops
- Access to all social events
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Full-Time Student Registration $100 15 May, 2018 Full registration
- Access to all conference sessions
- Access to all workshops
- Access to all social events
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Regular Registration $250 15 May, 2018 Full registration
- Access to all conference sessions
- Access to all workshops
- Access to all social events
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Last Minute Registration $275 After 15 May, 2018 Full registration
- Access to all conference sessions
- Access to all workshops
- Access to all social events
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Partner/Friend Dinner Ticket $45 15 May, 2018 Conference Dinner only
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Contact Us

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