Shmooze-A-Student is our way of working with our attendees to get even more students attending ShmooCon.


HOW IT WORKS:

Potential Shmoozers and Students apply by the deadlines below.

Accepted Shmoozers pay a $400 fee.  The Shmoozer’s $400 will be combined with $100 of ShmooCon funds to purchase a ticket for themselves, a ticket for a deserving student, and provide a $200 stipend to offset the student’s travel costs and meal expenses.  It’s a win win win situation!

One thing to note – There is no 1:1 correlation between Shmoozers and Students but everyone will have an opportunity to meet on Friday of the con.


IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Shmooze–a-Student applications will be accepted beginning November 2, 2018.  Applications received before November 2 will not be considered.  
  • Deadline for all applications is 11:59 PM, EST on Monday, November 19, 2018.  No exceptions. 
  • Notifications will be sent on or before November 30, 2018.  


SHMOOZERS : 

11/11 – CLOSED – We will no longer be accepting any Shmoozer Applications.

You and ShmooCon will be sponsoring up to 30* students to attend the conference. Your $400 will be combined with $100 of ShmooCon funds to purchase a ticket for yourself, a ticket for a deserving student, and provide a $200 stipend to offset the student’s travel costs and meal expenses.  (This stipend will be delivered to the student upon arrival at the con).

*Subject to ShmooCon’s discretion and number of student applications received.  Won’t be less (unless we don’t receive 30 applications), usually it’s more.

CLOSED If you are interested in Shmoozing a Student, e-mail students@shmoocon.org with answers to the following questions:

  1. Have you shmoozed a student in the past?
  2. Why are you interested in sponsoring a student?
  3. Is it okay to list your name in the program as a student sponsor?  If yes, what name?
  4. Are you willing to attend the Student/Shmoozer meet-up, usually held early Friday afternoon of con?

Please be aware – incomplete applications will not be considered, so make sure you have answered all of the above questions.  We will not respond to let you know you are missing items.


STUDENTS:  


Are you a student interested in attending ShmooCon but are unable to fully afford the trip?

Undergrad students, ages 18 and over, who are interested in applying for this unique opportunity will need to provide proof that they are an active student at an educational institution.

Students need to provide:

  • A picture of themselves at school with a student ID (make this fun – here’s your chance to entertain us).
  • A brief letter of recommendation from an instructor at your institution.

Students should submit the above information along with answers to the following questions to students@shmoocon.org:

  1. Name, school, and year in school
  2. Have you been shmoozed before?
  3. Why do you want to come to ShmooCon?
  4. What do you hope to learn?
  5. Have you been to any other information security conferences? Which ones?
  6. What career and/or degree are you pursuing?  It doesn’t have to be tech related, and if you haven’t declared “not sure” is just fine – but do let us know what type of technical pursuits you enjoy.
  7. Are you willing to attend the Student/Shmoozer meet-up, usually held early Friday afternoon of con?
  8. If we enjoy your submitted photo, may we have permission to possibly show it at closing ceremonies?

Please be aware – incomplete applications will not be considered, so make sure you’ve included all requested items and have answered all of the above questions.  We will not respond to let you know you are missing items.

If selected, you will receive a ticket to ShmooCon.  Upon arrival at the con, you will also receive a $200 stipend to help offset any costs associated with attending.

Accepted students might be asked to complete a questionnaire at the end of the conference but honestly, we have yet to follow through on this.