Scholarship to a Conference
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A friend of mine suggested that we look into providing a scholarship to one or more people that would entail a free registration to the conference. I like the idea and will promote this idea for future conferences where I can. As I was thinking of this, I came across this news item:
Got 10 minutes? Enter the DB2 9 Compression ChallengeThe DB2 9 Compression Challenge is less than a month away from closing and we need your entry. There is no purchase necessary and it takes only 10 minutes to enter. You don’t need to be running any version of DB2 to participate. First Prize - Full-event registration to one of IDUG's 2008 events. Second Prize – Upgrade Membership for the same eventsIDUG 2008 - Australia (March 2008 in Sydney, Australia) IDUG 2008- North America (May 5-10, 2008, in Dallas, Texas) IDUG 2008 - Europe (Dates/Location TBD)
So a "scholarship" to attend an IDUG conference in 2008 is possible! All you have to do is to enter this challenge. My friend is working at a shop that isn't running DB2... yet, so I like the caveat that You don’t need to be running any version of DB2 to participate.
I hope this gives an opportunity to one or two people who have not been able to go to conferences... and would like to. Conferences are a great way to keep up to date on a large variety of related topics. It helps you network with people who can help you in many different ways. And, perhaps most obvious of all, going to a conference gives you an opportunity to earn several certifications.... normally the tests are $150 US, regardless if you pass or fail, so taking exams is a very easy way to justify attending a conference.
But, if you are still unable to go a conference, don't despair. IBM provides many learning opportunities that you can take part in, either for free or inexpensively. I'll use books as an example... see our Bookstore Page for links to excellent books that can be used for self-study.... and we try to point to the lowest cost provider of the books. The other book example is of course the IBM Redbooks. For free you can download PDF versions of technical books that are excellent references as well as self-study resources. DeveloperWorks is another example where you can find a variety of helpful technical documents... free of charge. As for classroom education, our new ILO offerings are an excellent way to take award-winning education, right at your desk.