For the last two years, we’ve invited a number of scholars, advocates, journalists, policymakers, developers, and others from all over the world to join us for a series of informal meetings in the days before TransparencyCamp. This year, we’re opening up the process for participants beyond the USA, and we invite you to join us.
Apply to attend the TransparencyCamp International Program, May 2 – 5 in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.
For those unfamiliar, TransparencyCamp is Sunlight’s largest community gathering, a two day event focused on bringing together folks from a number of different backgrounds with an overlapping interest in government transparency. As an “unconference,” TransparencyCamp (AKA “TCamp”) relies on the participation of attendees to set the environment and even the agenda. It’s a unique and, dare I say, fun experience, and it’s one that we’re committed to making as accessible as possible. That’s why we keep our ticket prices affordable, host an annual scholarship program to help defer costs for those traveling within the US, and why we’re kicking open the door to our international “pre-Camp” this year.
Last year, we had over 400 attendees from 27 countries and 26 US states participate in TCamp. Although some of our international guests came here on their own, many attended via our pre-Camp program, a two day series of conversations and explorations designed to gear up for the larger TCamp event and provide a way for guests from a variety of political contexts to share their experiences, ideas, expertise, and challenges in a more intimate setting. It’s a great opportunity not just to connect your work with the global open government network, but to absorb multidisciplinary learnings and creative solutions from peers working as journalists, developers, technologists, policy-makers, government officials, academics, and advocates.
We understand that international travel costs are often a barrier to participation, and that’s why our International Program offers a partial travel stipend for participants. To learn more about our TransparencyCamp International Program and to apply to participate, click here*. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The first deadline for consideration is February 6th. Apply now!
* Please note: We hope to gather a diverse set of non-US participants at TransparencyCamp and encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. In addition, please keep in mind that all TransparencyCamp programming is in English, so English proficiency is essential.