We're pleased to offer a scheme for volunteers to gain free entry to the conference. This page describes what is expected, what you will receive and how to apply.

What do I get for volunteering?

Everyone accepted into the volunteer programme will receive free entry to the two main days of the conference. Free entry to the workshops day may also be possible but is subject to space and instructor approval. You will also receive two nights accomodation in a nearby hotel. Travel will be left to you.

Your free entry will be exactly as if you had purchased a full price ticket, with the exception that there will be some tasks required of you. The exact workload will vary, but the intention is that you will have around half the time to focus on the programme as an attendee (and you'll be exposed to most of the rest of it, too).

That also means that you'll receive food and drinks provided to all attendees.

Finally you'll get a warm fuzzy feeling inside knowing that you have helped to make the conference a success for everyone!

What will be expected of me?

During the conference itself we'll be in need of three roles:

1. Looking after a track

You will be assigned to a room for half a day. Some may be assigned a bit longer. You should familiarise yourself with the speakers who will be presenting in that room during your assigned time. Ideally meet them in advance, make sure they know what AV equipment and connectors are available, encourage them to test their equipment ahead of time if possible, and be their point of contact for any other questions or requests (feeding back to the org team if necessary).

During the talks you will hold up prompts for timing (15, 10, 5 minutes remaining) or to indicate if the speaker should repeat for a question from the audience for the recording.

2. Registration desk

You will spend half a day on the registration desk, checking in attendees as they arrive for the first time, giving them their badges and bags. The registration desk will also act as the information desk in case of any queries from attendees, so you will also play this role (communicating with the org team if necessary).

3. Miscellanea

You may also be asked to perform other small tasks as needed.

During the breaks and lunch you will help with any set-up/ clearing up of food and drink (although this should be mostly taken care of by the venue staff).

We will need help the evening before the first day, as well as the evening of the last day, but we only ask that you commit to one or the other.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply to be a volunteer, but we only have ten places available. If more than ten applications are received we will select half the number via internal criteria based on your application and the other half by a random process.

How do I apply?

Please complete this form by the end of the day, GMT, 1st January. Applicants will be notified by the 7th January.

Please note that if you are a student you may also apply for the student programme. You may apply for both programmes.