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Volunteer at FOSS4G in Boston

We are looking for up to 65 people to help us stay organized throughout the conference and ensure all workshops, presentations, and events run smoothly. Volunteers will be asked to attend a two hour training session and work a minimum of 12 hours throughout the conference. In exchange for their time, volunteers will have their registration fee reduced to $50 dollars (food coverage).

The purpose of the volunteer program for FOSS4G 2017 is to be able to provide need-based affordable attendance, with a high priority given to student applicants. We also strive for diversity at the conference and the Volunteer Committee will keep this in mind throughout the application review process.

Applications will be accepted until June 27th. After review, applicants will be notified by email if they have been accepted into the volunteer program or not. Volunteers must commit to working each of their shifts. Not showing up for an assigned shift will result in the volunteer being charged $800 (the full cost of the conference registration fee).

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Throughout the conference, there will be a series of 3, 4, and 1 hour volunteer shifts. Volunteers will be able to sign up for the available shifts that work best for them, but in order to receive the reduced registration fee a volunteer must sign up for a minimum of 12 hours in total. Shift assignments are on a first-come, first-serve basis once the sign-up is released.


Volunteers will be assumming different roles or positions for each shift they sign up for. A brief description of each of the positions we are looking for throughout the conference are below.