As a market leader in education technology, Blackboard understands the critical need for professional development in the workplace. We value diversity of perspectives, ideas and skills.
This year, we’re providing a scholarship opportunity to help add more diverse perspectives at our signature conference, DevCon + BbWorld. We are proud to accept nominations for the Diversity Scholarship, which will fund registration and travel expenses for two selected Nominees to DevCon + BbWorld in Austin, TX on July 22–25, 2019 (the “Event”).
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
Must be a full-time employee or student at a Blackboard client institution;
Must be a member of an underrepresented group at technical conferences, including but not limited to women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT+, veterans;
If employed, your employer cannot cover the cost of your conference attendance;
Must be at least 18 years old;
Must be based in the United States; and
Must be able to attend the Event in July 2019
If you meet the criteria above, we encourage you to nominate yourself for this scholarship! Or if you know someone who meets the criteria above, please nominate them! The deadline for nominations is midnight EST on May 31, 2019.
Blackboard will evaluate nominees based on a documented rubric that considers the responses to the questions included in in the Nomination Form and how impactful the scholarship could be for the nominees or their respective institution.
Blackboard will award full Scholarship to the two (2) nominees who have the highest scores based on the outlined criteria.
The full scholarship will include the following:
Flight, hotel, and expenses for the scholarship recipients to attend the Event up to $3,000.00.
Registration for the scholarship recipient for the Event
Attendance at client facing events, including the DevCon party on Monday night, the community event on Tuesday night and more
Full retail value is approximately $5,000.00. The scholarship recipient will be announced on June 15, 2019.
By now you have probably heard the DevCon party this year is themed. We are all superheroes at our various institutions, fixing issues where there seems to be no fix, or writing that integration that exceeds the vision of even the most visionary instructor. At DevCon 2018, you have the chance to leave the worries of your mild-mannered alter ego behind and show up in your best crime-fighting gear.
That’s right, the DevCon Party is a superhero party! Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged. And for those evil-doers out there, don’t fret. Come as your favorite villain! Every super hero needs an arch nemesis.
The DevCon Party is on Monday, July 16 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Of course, one of your crime-fighting accessories must be your conference badge, as the event is only open to those that are registered DevCon attendees. Meet us at the Grand Ballroom 7B and get ready to party like a hero!
We had a lot of people on last week's "How to Create a Winning BbWorld and DevCon 2018 Proposal" session. If you wanted to jog your memory or missed the session, you can access the recording and also see the PDF slides.
Reserve your seat now and take advantage of early registration savings. Don’t miss an opportunity to participate in engaging sessions, network with peers, and gain the insights you need to make a difference at your institution.
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All right, let's talk about New Orleans. First, when you get there make sure to attend the conference, a bit. A few selfies on the vendor floor, make sure to take pictures of crowds in the hallway, and off you go. Here is your main list:
2. Walk around
3. Let someone guide you
I'd love to see some restaurant and hole in the wall suggestions in the comments. My recommendation, via Lisa - the best sales rep ever, would be:
Once you're done with walking around, try being guided by someone. This is a great idea, because local people can put a story to the buildings, the food, the graves ... I think some of the cemetery tours, swamp tours, and French Quarter Jazz walking tours look awesome. You can book through Expedia: