30 May - 1 June, 2018, University College, Dublin

Building Locally, Connecting Globally
CarpentryCon 2018
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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".

  • 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 hope to be able to offer travel scholarships to facilitate attendance from as wide a group as possible. Sign up for news and announcements.

  • Who is organizing it?

    Software and Data Carpentry (The Carpentries) are jointly organizing this event, with the very generous assistance of the host site, University College, Dublin. Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry -'The Carpentries' - are non-profit, volunteer-based organizations who teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.

  • Registrations will open soon!

Conference Format

Building Locally, Connecting Globally


We will offer 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.
Tell us what sessions you want.

Networking Events

There will be a series of social and other events, including a welcome reception, a poster session, and other events to foster networking. 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.

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:

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


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.


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.

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

There are many ways to support CarpentryCon 2018!

We are seeking Leading Sponsors to support the event as a whole.

We would welcome Supporting Sponsors to allow us to cover the many costs entailed in events such as these.

We are also seeking Travel Sponsors so we can make this a truly global and accessible event.

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)

Design a Promotional Poster for CarpentryCon 2018

The Carpentries are excited to announce our poster design competition where one lucky member of our community will win free registration for CarpentryCon 2018. Are there any artists out there who could design a fantastic poster? If so, we want to see your design! The winning design will be used for promotion and marketing of CarpentryCon 2018 and the winning designer will be awarded free registration to CarpentryCon 2018. This includes registration for the conference only. It does not include travel to and from Dublin. They will also take home some fantastic Carpentries swag.

Information for the Poster

CarpentryCon 2018 will take place in Dublin from 30 May - 1 June, 2018 at University College Dublin with the overarching theme of Building Locally, Connecting Globally. The three-day event will focus on professional development, community building and networking, as we aim to help skill up the next generation of research leaders. Find out more from the CarpentryCon 2018 website.

About the Competition

What will the poster be used for? The winning poster will be used for promotional and advertising purposes and featured in all CarpentryCon 2018 advertising across a range of social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
When can you submit a design? Entries can be submitted now.
What is the closing date for entries? 5pm UTC on 31 January, 2018. We will announce the winner on 10 February, 2018.
Who can enter? Anyone may enter, though entrants must be over the age of 18.
Can I submit more than one design? Yes, competition entrants are welcome to submit as many designs as they like.
What does the poster need to include? Posters should reflect the conference theme of Building Locally, Connecting Globally, and should also include the venue and dates (see above) and a link to the CarpentryCon website.
How will the judging be done? Entries in the poster competition will be assessed by the members of the CarpentryCon task force who will choose the poster that best embodies the conference theme of Building Locally, Connecting Globally. The winner will be notified by email once the decision has been reached, and unsuccessful entrants will also be notified by email of the result.
How to submit your design Submit your design as an A4-sized PDF email attachment by 31 January, 2018 to team AT carpentries.org, with the words CarpentryCon Poster Competition in the subject line. Please include your name in your entry. Submitting a poster indicates your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions stated below.

Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry to this competition means that the entrant warrants that he or she meets the entry requirements and accepts these terms and conditions.
  2. Entrants are responsible for any and all expenses that they incur in creating their poster and submitting it to the competition. No costs incurred by competition entrants will be reimbursed.
  3. Entrants to the competition will retain the full copyright of their design.
  4. Entrants to the competition warrant that any image(s) used in their design is free for use and does not infringe any organization's or person's copyright.
  5. Entrants to the competition warrant that they have all necessary rights to provide the intellectual property within their poster to the Carpentries for promotional and advertising purposes.
  6. Entrants to the competition warrant that they license the Carpentries to use the winning design at no cost to promote CarpentryCon 2018.
  7. The Carpentries retain the right to disqualify any entrants or entries where we reasonably suspect any unlawful or improper conduct, such as infringing a third party's intellectual property rights, or otherwise breaching the competition’s terms and conditions.
  8. All personal information collected during this competition will be handled in accordance with our privacy policy.

Contact Us

Send a message to the CarpentryCon 2018 Organizers