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Diversity Scholarship

Scholarship Partners

Is it rare that you see someone at tech conferences that reminds you of yourself?
Then you’re probably underrepresented at tech conferences.

At YOW!, we are committed to supporting diversity in speakers, conference participants, and the wider technology community regardless of race, employment status, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, ability, and age.

To increase diversity at YOW! developer events we are offering scholarships to people from underrepresented groups in tech who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend. This year we are offering scholarships for YOW! Data, YOW! Lambda Jam, and YOW! 2019 Conferences in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
If you are a member of a group underrepresented within the tech community or at technical conferences in Australia we encourage you to apply.

Your organisation would like to advance diversity in tech by becoming a Scholarship Supporter?
Email us at [email protected]

How are recipients selected?

Any information you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence, and used only to help award scholarships. Preference will be given to applicants established in their tech careers and who would otherwise be unable to attend YOW! events.

Students: Students are encouraged to become a YOW! volunteer, which provides free access to YOW! events in exchange for helping out on the day.

Scholarship recipients attend the event like other event attendees and will not be identified publicly as a diversity scholarship recipient.


  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You live in Australia.
  • You agree to follow our Code of Conduct.
  • You are a member of a group underrepresented within the tech community.
  • You are able to attend the conference for which you are applying.
  • If employed, your employer will not cover the cost of your conference attendance.


  • Scholarships are only available to attend the relevant conference that you’ve applied for.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available.
  • These tickets cannot be sold and are non-transferable.
  • Applicants may not be awarded more than one scholarship per calendar year.
  • Scholarships only awarded for the Australian conferences listed below.
  • Available to Australian citizens and residents currently living in Australia.


YOW! Scholarships include free admission to the designated conference. For specialist conferences such as YOW! Data and YOW! Lambda Jam, or for applicants residing outside of Perth/Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne, scholarships may also include domestic return flights and 1 to 3 nights accommodation (depending on the length of the event).

2019 Nomination deadlines:

  • YOW! Data – 22 March, 2019 – CLOSED
  • YOW! Lambda Jam – 29 March, 2019 – CLOSED
  • YOW! Perth – 2 August, 2019 – CLOSED
  • YOW! Sydney/Brisbane/Melbourne – CLOSED

We will be in touch with a decision shortly after the deadline.
Please join our mailing list to keep informed of the opening of 2020 Scholarships