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January 12, 2007

Web Directions North Student Scholarships

With the conferences I have been involved in organizing, we've always focused on making them as great vaue as possible. But the reality is, to get the best speakers, treat them well, bring them all the way to Australia (or Canada as in the case of Web Directions North), get a good central location, provide decent catering, all really adds up. So, there is a limit to how little we can charge (and of course, two or more people need reasonable recompense for what is a staggering amount of work over 9 months or so). This definitely excludes some people on price, particularly those without a job - which means above all students, who would probably benefit as much or more than anyone from a conference. And surely today's students will have an important role in the future of the web.

So, to make Web Direction North ore accessible, today we introduce scholarship pricing for students. We have set aside 30 conference seats at $195 (CDN) each for qualifying students. This covers our direct costs per person but not the overall conference costs. If your company would like to sponsor the program, please drop us a line.

To qualify you must be a full-time student in a related field (design, computer science, or a specific web development course, for example) and not currently in professional employment. We are limiting the program to 30 students, and we want to ensure that those who benefit from it are those who need it the most. Please note -- when you pick up your conference badge you will be required to show valid identification with an expiry date after February 10th that verifies you are a full time student.

This special scholarship pricing of $195 gives you two days of the conference, fully-catered lunch and breaks, and two receptions - one each night of the conference. This is your chance to meet with peers, industry leaders, and many potential employers, including some of the very biggest names on the web.

To take advantage, if you qualify please use our regular registration page and enter the following code to receive your special discount:


We really look forward to bringing Web Directions North to the next generation of leaders on the web. See you in February.


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Awesome John, kudos for doing this. I remember desperately wanting to go to WE'04, but as a student had zero chance of coming up with the funds. In fact, I think my first post to the WSG list was something along the lines of "C'mon!! STUDENT DISCOUNT!", which got me heavily flamed :)
Thanks again for all your work and for this kind offer to the next batch of web junkies.

Posted by: Andrew K. | Jan 12, 2007 1:54:04 PM

Thanks Andrew,

my only lament is we didn't use you as slave labour ^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h a volunteer earlier - you are the man!


Posted by: John Allsopp | Jan 13, 2007 9:39:46 AM

HA!! You're far too kind :)

Posted by: Andrew K. | Jan 13, 2007 11:07:49 AM