RWDevCon 2018 Student Scholarships: Apply Now!

Are you a full-time student who’d like to attend RWDevCon? We’re offering 5 student scholarships – and applications are open now! By Ray Wenderlich.

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We often get emails from students who say they would love to attend RWDevCon, but can’t afford it on a Ramen-budget. Trust me, we’ve been there! :]

So today, we are happy to announce some exciting news – we are offering 5 student scholarships for RWDevCon 2018.

The 5 lucky students will win a free ticket to the conference and are invited to attend our team-only pre-conference fun day.

Attending RWDevCon 2018 is an amazing opportunity for students – through two days packed full of high quality hands-on tutorials, you’ll bring your iOS development skills up-to-date, learn a ton, and have a blast.

Keep reading to find out who’s eligible, how to apply, and who to thank for this great opportunity!

Eligibility and How To Apply

To be eligible to win, there are three requirements:

  • You must be enrolled in a full-time educational program (such as high school, college/university, or a full-time immersive boot camp).
  • You also must be able to attend the conference and the pre-conference fun day (Apr 5 – April 7, 2018).
  • You must be able to pay for your own travel and hotel expenses (they are not included; the scholarship includes a ticket to the conference and an invitation to the team-only pre-conference fun day only).

Applying is simple:

  • Just send us an email about why you’re interested in programming and why you’d like to attend RWDevCon. Please include proof that you are in a full-time educational program (a scanned ID or receipt is fine).

Applications are due in 2 weeks – February 22, 2018 – so apply now! :]

Last year’s student scholarship winners!

Introducing the Patrons

The RWDevCon 2018 scholarships are sponsored by 5 generous patrons of the iOS community, who bought a special ticket that included the cost of the student tickets.

I asked each of our patrons to write some advice for students studying programming. Here’s what they had to say:

Don Clore, Really Old Bit-Wrangler

“One thing I have discovered in my programming journey is that in order to make software that works well, you have to care, and be willing simply to do the hard work.

There’s lore in the brogramming world that says that it’s a virtue for an engineer to be arrogant and lazy. I have not found this to be true. Humility and a willingness to persevere are more effective in building things that are actually useful.

You have to embrace the fact that executing your vision means that most of your efforts will be spent handling errors and exceptional cases.

Sometimes it’s going to feel like you’re pushing a piano uphill. But the result is more than worth it. I love this work now, 27 years after I started, more than I ever have.”

Larry Ketchersid, CEO of Media Sourcery, Inc; owner of JoSara MeDia


“You’ll learn more working with others than in isolation. Learning from someone is great, but also try teaching someone what you’ve learned; whether the subject is programming, cooking, martial arts or anything, you’ll find that you truly understand a topic when you attempt to explain it to someone else, and hear their questions on what you are trying to convey. It’s also a great way to give back to the programming community.”

Kevin Legg, Co-Owner of Five Pack Creative


“Work on things you are passionate about and don’t forget to have fun. Do good things even when not required and you will go far.”

Carey McLean, Innovation Software Engineer at The Shop @ VSP Global

“The most amazing thing about the tech industry is that there is an abundance of opportunities. As long as we are willing to fail, learn from our failures and move onto the next thing, our path to a successful career is endless. Failing fast is the quickest way to finding out what works!”

Note: One of our generous patrons wishes to remain anonymous so is not listed here.

Where To Go From Here?

If you, or a student you know, wants to take advantage of an amazing learning opportunity that will pay some major dividends in life, don’t miss this chance!

Just send us an email about why you’re interested in programming and why you’d like to attend RWDevCon. Please include proof that you are in a full-time educational program (a scanned ID or receipt is fine).

We wish the best of luck to all of the applicants, and we look forward to seeing you at RWDevCon 2018!

Note: Already over 235 people have picked up their tickets to RWDevCon, and the conference is close to being sold out. If you’ve been thinking of getting a ticket, register now before it sells out!