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I got an email on friday from Apple that I've been awarded an Apple WWDC Student Scholarship. (The WWDC student scholarship is essentially just a free conference ticket. Scholarships were offered to student developers ages 13 and up.) I'm going to San Francisco for the event. Yay! I'd like to get a StackExchange sponsorship to cover airfare and hotel stay if possible.
Who is going?
What conference is it, and what will you be doing there, besides attending?
WWDC is Apple's annual developer conference. Typically, Apple announces updates to iOS and Mac OS and occasionally some other cool things. I'll be just attending, unless you consider being awesome "doing something", cuz I'll be doing that to. If the community approves, I'll also be promoting AskDifferent.
When is the conference running? We need at least a month’s lead time to help you get your approval. If you’re under or near that before posting, you might want to think about next year instead.
The conference runs in just about a month from now, from June 11th through the 15th, 2012. It might be a bit late, but I only found out about the scholarship on Friday.
Where is the conference located and how do you intend to get there?
The conference is Moscone West in San Francisco, California. I'm in New York City so I plan to fly out. My iPhone doesn't have teleportation built in - yet.
"Siri, take me to Moscone West at -"
"I know where Moscone West is, thank you. Please adjust your helmet and tell me when you're ready to go."
Why should the community approve you to go to this sponsorship? More importantly, why should the community approve going to this specific conference? Basically, what will you do to bring this learning back to the community?
I'm a long time member of the StackExchange network. I've been active on StackOverflow for over two years. I've got 11 gold badges including fanatic. I was among those awarded the first batch of AskDifferent Swag. I also won an iPod in the recent new iPad contest. So, yea, I participate.
I've met with Lauren and Seth at StackExchange HQ in the New York and brought back swag to my class in college, and promoted English.SE there. (Thanks guys, that was awesome.) I'm constantly pushing StackExchange to friends, classmates, coworkers and more. This would be another opportunity to do that.
WWDC is chock full of Apple and that's the exact audience of this site. It would be an opportunity to bring more experts users to one of the best Apple websites on the internet. I love speaking and meeting people. StackExchange is something that I can get excited about, and I will do my best, if approved, to promote AskDifferent at WWDC.
Again, my ticket is already paid for by Apple. A StackExchange sponsorship would cover airfare (around $500 or so) and hotel stay. (Although I'm looking into another option which would eliminate the hotel costs altogether.)