Inclusion and Diversity Program

Our goal for Monktoberfest is to create a conference at which everyone feels welcome and valued. We are excited to help foster this inclusive environment through our inclusion and diversity program.

We’d like to help make Monktoberfest accessible to groups historically under-represented or excluded in the technology sector, including but not limited to women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and/or people with disabilities. Our definition of under-represented groups is tech is intentionally wide. We don’t exclude anyone on the basis of ability, class, color, gender, or creed.

Our goal is to support folks from under-represented groups before, during, and after the event. We want to do more than just give away a free ticket, but hope instead to help remove other potential barriers to participation. We provide:

    – a comped ticket to the conference
    – a travel and lodging stipend to help you make your way up to Maine
    – conference meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday. breakfast on Friday.)
    – a welcoming community who is excited to meet you!

If you are a member of an under-represented group in tech and would like to join us at Monktoberfest, please apply!

A note for 2021: We have made the determination that a mandatory mask policy for the event would be insufficient given that we will have attendees consuming food and drink in an enclosed space – though those that wish to wear masks certainly should feel free to do so. Because we cannot rely on a masking policy, we are requiring all attendees and staff to provide proof of vaccination. We apologize to would-be attendees from geographies where vaccinations are not yet available, but this is the only way that we know how to conduct the event safely. If you apply for this program, then please be aware that you will need to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend the event.

Want to be involved?

While we’re excited to make the conference financially accessible for people, we’d also like to make it socially accessible. We recognize that walking into a room full of strangers can be intimidating, and we’d like to mitigate some of the resulting stress by creating a light touch social support network. If you’d like to be part of that network of friendly faces, hit us up and we’ll let you know how you can participate during the conference!

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