$249 – $1,149

Pear Conf 2019

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Downtown -- venue info to be posted soon.

Chicago, IL 73102

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Building software is hard...collaborating to build software that people use is even harder! Let's make it better!


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Pairing && Inclusiveness

Pear Conf is a gathering of people who pair and collaborate to build software. This includes pair programming, pair design, and all of manner of cross-functional work. It’s also a gathering of people who want their workplaces to level-up on inclusivity and who, themselves, want to work at being better teammates too.

Discussions are sometimes deep, sometimes whimsical, but always focused on getting better together and finding new ways to respect each other more while building software.

Location

Although we are finalizing the venue, Pear Conf will be held in downtown Chicago this year. Would your company like to host in exchange for sponsorship? Get in touch by emailing info at appearworks dot com.

Program

Pear Conf is expanding! Previously, we had a workshop day and unconference day. This year, we are adding a day of invited talks!

Day 1 — Optional Workshop day — Ally Skills and Pair Programming

Pear Conf will kick off with an optional workshop day on Thursday that includes two workshops designed to flow together: an Ally Skills workshop and a Pair Programming workshop. This first-of-a-kind workshop has been designed to turn the desire to be a more inclusive pair into a pragmatic reality. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to set up pairing so that power within the pair is more evenly distributed. This is where D&I rubber meets the road.

Day 2 — Talk Day

This range of talks covers a range of different types of pairing and what lies beyond. What happens when you pair at work and then do a side project on your own? How do you scale up on pairing? When have you paired enough?

Schedule of talks on Friday

Day 3 — Unconference Day

Now that we’ve gotten to know each other and watched a bunch of awesome talks, let’s get together and talk about it! Attendees gather in the morning to brainstorm topics and vote on which topics they want to discuss in the sessions. A meeting framework is introduced so that discussions are balanced amongst attendees.

Unconference day


Honorarium and Sliding scale tickets

Pear Conf is about bringing more voices to the table and we need yours! We have a limited number of honorarium tickets as well as tickets priced for under-represented individuals just getting started in their career or who are currently un-employed. to apply for an honorarium ticket, please email info at appearworks dot com.


Sponsorship packages

Do you dream of adding more Pears -- people who are pro-active and communicative to your software team? Maybe even folx who have paired before or who are simply open to collaboration? Would you like your software team to see what pairing and collaborating on software is all about? Do your teams already practice pairing? This could be your chance to cross-pollinate and share your learnings with a wider community!

Our sponsor packages are designed to help recruiters and larger groups get the most out of Pear Conf. If you have any questions about the sponsor packages, please email us at info at appear works dot com


Green Anjou - $12,000 (Limited Availability)

  • 7 vouchers* to Pear Conf Unconference day
  • 7 vouchers* to the Pear Conf Workshop day
  • Company ticket code for 15% discount off of all tickets
  • Your company logo in announcements for Pear Conf 2019
  • A recruiting table for your company
  • A recruiter voucher, if needed
  • 10 minutes of stage time right before the keynote
  • 2 Thank you tweets during the conference
  • Logo on the Pear Conf Website
  • Post-conference list of opted-in emails

Red Anjou - $5,500

  • 6 vouchers* to Pear Conf Unconference day
  • 6 vouchers* to the Pear Conf Workshop day
  • Your company logo in announcements for Pear Conf 2019
  • A recruiting table for your company
  • A recruiter voucher, if needed
  • 2 minutes of stage time right before the opening keynote on talk day
  • Logo on the Pear Conf Website
  • Post-conference list of opted-in emails

Bosc - $3,500

  • 2 vouchers* to Pear Conf Unconference day
  • 2 vouchers* to the Pear Conf Workshop day
  • Your company will be mentioned as a sponsor before the keynote
  • A recruiting table for your company
  • A recruiter voucher, if needed
  • Logo on the Pear Conf Website
  • Post-conference list of opted-in emails

Comice - $2500

  • 2 vouchers* to Pear Conf Unconference day
  • Your company’s name in the list of sponsors
  • A recruiting table for your company
  • A recruiter voucher, if needed
  • Post-conference list of opted-in emails

Forelle - $1,000

  • The Forelle sponsorship level is designed for groups that can't make it to Pear Conf but want to support us. We pay all speakers, trainers and staff in addition to subsidizing tickets and reaching out to people in the community. Even if you can’t be with us, we’ll put your name in our list of sponsors.

*All voucher recipients must complete the standard registration process, which includes completing a short set of screening questions. It is important that all attendees and sponsors bring complementary expectations to Pear Conf, and agree and abide by the code of conduct.

Accommodations

At Pear Conf we focus on making arrangements so that everyone can enjoy the conference. If you need an accomodation not listed here, please email us at info at appear works dot com. We are still a small, bootstrapped conference but enjoy doing whatever we can to make sure everyone can attend and feel comfortable contributing.

  • Childcare
  • Service dogs allowed
  • Quiet room
  • Lanyards signaling photo consent of attendees
  • Buttons signaling interaction consent of attendees
  • Meal choices for: vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free

We are still working on finalizing our venue, but currently in the plans:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • wheelchair accessible designated seating


Code of Conduct

Pear Conf is an Appear Works, LLC event and uses the Appear Works code of conduct. We take our CoC very seriously. Purchasing a ticket is agreeing to this code of conduct. All speakers, vendors, sponsor representatives and especially thought leaders also agree to this code of conduct by working with Pear Conf.

The quick version

All Appear Works events prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort.

Each Appear Works event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender and gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, neurodivergence, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any point from participants, organizers or vendors. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers. This could look like anything from a verbal warning to immediate expulsion from the conference.

No weapons of any kind, or drugs are allowed at Appear Works events.

The less quick version is here.


Cover Art by Geneva B

We are so excited to include art by Geneva B on our website this year! We suggest checking out her website to see more cool examples of her work!

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Downtown -- venue info to be posted soon.

Chicago, IL 73102

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