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Clojure/conj 2014: The largest yet

Clojure/conj 2014 is in the books. This was the fifth Conj and by far the biggest, with 500 attendees and 21 speakers. In fact, the conference set some new bars. It was the first time:

  • the Conj has crested 500 attendees
  • the talk videos were posted same-day
  • opportunity grants were awarded
  • more than 60% of attendees were first-timers

Since the videos have gone online at ClojureTV they have been collectively viewed more than 36,000 times. 

I'd like to extend some thanks to people who made the event such a success.  First, Lynn and Alex, for planning, organizing and staffing the event.  Next, to the speakers: it isn't easy getting up in front of that crowd, and you did it with style, and aplomb.  Third, to the sponsors, whose support made so much of the event possible. And finally, to the attendees, without whom there is no event, and no purpose.  You *are* the show. 

We hope that everyone who attended found the content and the community they were expecting and some surprises in addition. For those who weren't able to attend, you can check out the videos online, and there is always Clojure/west and next year's Conj.  We hope to see you there!

Clojure/conj Opportunity Grants

Cognitect wants to see everyone who wants to attend Conj get that opportunity. For that reason, we launched the Opportunity Grant program this year to support community members who would not be able to attend due to financial obstacles. Such obstacles can impact the makeup of the conference attendance, and often impact historically underrepresented groups the most.

This is our first year and the response has been stellar (nearly four times as many applicants as originally forecast!). Cognitect is providing tickets and travel assistance to a number of awardees already, but we're asking you, the community, to continue to help.  We need more help to cover more travel expenses to expand the awardee pool (Cognitect will cover tickets for all awardees). Individuals can already contribute via our Eventbrite page (and have done, thanks!), but we're also seeking corporate sponsorships for the program. We'd love to raise an additional $23,000 to cover the remaining applicants.

We've created the following sponsorship levels:

* Tera Sponsor: $4,000
* Giga Sponsor: $2,000
* Mega Sponsor: $1,000

If you are interested in sponsoring the Grants, drop us a line at diversity@cognitect.com.

The Clojure community has a history of supporting its friends in need.  This goes right back to the first Conj: the community rallied together to send Anthony Grimes to that inaugural event. Chas Emerick spearheaded a campaign; Relevance provided tickets and lodging while a whole bunch of the community funded two plane tickets and miscellaneous other travel expenses.  Anthony made it to the show, and came back the following year to give a talk on Clojail.

The more of us there are at the show, the wider and stronger the community becomes and the brighter our collective future. We've done it before - let's do it again. 

Clojure/conj 2014 - Save the Date

We're delighted to announce that the 5th Annual Clojure/conj conference will take place from November 20-22, 2014 in Washington D.C. at the Warner Theatre.

Last year we sold out a month before the conference, so this year we've moved to a larger theater so more of the community can attend.