The Hoppers application closed August 16. Decisions will be made by August 31.
What are Hoppers?
Hoppers are volunteers who work at the Grace Hopper Celebration in exchange for free conference registration. This is a great way to get involved and meet other GHC attendees.
Hoppers are assigned multiple shifts for a total of 8 hours of volunteer time. Hoppers may have to miss a session or activity at the conference if they are assigned to work.
Hoppers are responsible for their own travel expenses, including airfare and hotel. Please do not apply to be a Hopper unless you have secured funding for your travel expenses.
Assignments include checking badges, helping with sessions and conference activities, and more. Shifts are available between October 3-6.
All accepted Hoppers must attend the mandatory training meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd from 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m..
If you apply for a Hopper position, please do not register for the conference until you have been notified of your acceptance. If you are not accepted, you will still be able to register for the conference at the Super Early Bird rates.
Please contact Rachelle Siskin with any questions.
When should Hoppers register for the conference?
Hoppers get free conference registration. If you are accepted as a Hopper you will receive instructions on how to register for the conference without paying a registration fee. If you are not accepted as a Hopper, you will be given instructions to register at the Super Early Bird rates.
How are Hoppers chosen?
Hoppers are accepted at random, based on a lottery system. Applicants are matched based on the dates and times that they select in the application form. Unfortunately, we do not have enough jobs or funds to accept all applicants.
Are Hoppers reimbursed for travel expenses?
Hoppers are NOT reimbursed for travel expenses. Hoppers pay their own airfare, hotel, meals, and other expenses. Do not apply to be a Hopper until you have secured funding for your travel expenses.
How much do Hoppers work?
Most Hoppers work 2 shifts of 4 hours each, for a total of 8 hours. When you are accepted as a Hopper you will be notified of what times you will be working and what jobs you will be doing.
When do Hoppers work?
When you apply to be a Hopper, you will indicate what dates and times you are available to work between October 3-6. Be sure to only select the dates and times when you plan to be in Baltimore.
Do Hoppers miss conference sessions?
There are jobs that take place during sessions and other activities. This means that Hoppers may have to miss certain sessions and activities. If there is a session or activity that you particularly want to attend, please do not select the time period on your application form.
What do Hoppers do?
Hoppers assist with conference sessions and activities, and assist the Anita Borg Institute staff.