Hawaii Ruby On Rails Conference - Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii - October 4-6 2009

Hawaii High School Student Grant to Attend Aloha on Rails

Aloha on Rails is proud to partner with Hawaii Information Consortium, the company that runs eHawaii.gov, to present the Aloha on Rails High School Student Grant. This grant will be awarded to one Hawaii high school student who best exemplifies aloha, is planning to attend college, and is considering majoring in computer science (or equivalent). The grant will cover the registration fee to Aloha on Rails, the Hawaii Ruby on Rails Conference.

Aloha on Rails is an excellent opportunity for young web developers to meet, interact with, and learn from software development professionals, authors, designers, and business owners. Topics include web development, design, methodologies, database architectures, and deployments. Registration to the conference also includes access to the Rails Tutorial, a one day course designed to teach Ruby on Rails by building, testing, and deploying a working Ruby on Rails application.

It is important to Aloha on Rails, and the Ruby on Rails community, to invest in the next generation of web developers. The conference also believes that fostering Hawaii’s brain trust is an important step towards a sustainable Hawaii. Immersing young local programmers in the strong and growing technology community on our islands encourages them to return Hawaii after college.

Attending Aloha on Rails will provide the student with valuable skills and knowledge, including networking, presenting, new technologies, and an intimate experience with a fast-paced and exciting career. The Rails community looks forward to teaching the next generation of web developers.

How to Apply

To apply, the applicant must meet these criteria: be a currently enrolled student attending a Hawaii high school (public or private), plan to attend college, and is considering majoring in computer science or equivalent program. An 300 word or less essay titled, “Why I Want To Attend Aloha on Rails” must be submitted, and should convey the how the student exemplifies Aloha and illustrates their interest, programmer aptitude, energy, and drive. For all of the required information, and to submit an application, please visit the Grant Application Form. The Conference may contact the applicant before or immediately following the registration deadline.

Applications will be accepted until midnight September 25th, 2009, Hawaii Standard Time. The winner will be contacted and announced September 28th, 2009. Please, only apply if you can attend either the Rails Tutorial on Oct 4th and/or the Conference Oct 5-6, 2009.

Experience with, or knowledge of, Ruby on Rails is not a prerequisite to apply for the grant.

About Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is a web development framework built on the Ruby programming language. It is a productive and fun environment for building, testing, and deploying interactive web applications. Ruby on Rails is used throughout the world for countless web sites, including Twitter, Yellowpages.com, and Hulu. Ruby and Rails are proudly open source software.

About Hawaii Information Consortium/eHawaii.gov

Hawaii Information Consortium (HIC) provides eGovernment services at no upfront cost to citizens and businesses in Hawaii. In the past nine years, HIC has worked with over 30 state and county agencies to develop more than 50 interactive government services. eHawaii.gov offers a suite of services including: Initial business filings; Income tax filings; freshwater game fishing applications; camping permits; online ID services; Labor wage reporting; Unemployment Insurance payments; insurance license renewals; business name searches; professional and vocational license renewals and more. More than $470 million in transactions were securely processed on http://www.ehawaii.gov last year.

About Aloha on Rails

Aloha on Rails is the Hawaii Ruby on Rails Conference. To be held October 4-6, 2009 at the Marriott Waikiki, it includes a one day Rails tutorial for beginners and a two day conference for intermediate and advanced web application developers. Aloha on Rails is proud to bring together the leaders in Ruby on Rails and web development with Hawaii’s finest software and web developers for a unique and unforgettable conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Talk Story: Sharing Wisdom, Experience and Stories, and the speakers and sessions will appeal to all web developers, designers, and business owners. Learn more at http://alohaonrails.com or @alohaonrails. Aloha on Rails is a not-for-profit event produced by Higher Order Function LLC, a Hawaii based software development agency.