Skilling for the future: How GitHub is advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within open source communities
In the coming months, we’re scaling, expanding, and launching new programming to further DEI within open source communities.
The GitHub Student Developer Pack doubles in size, offering nearly $45,000 in value to students.
The GitHub Student Developer Pack is back for another school year. The program has provided over 1.5 million students the best real-world developer tools and training for free since its introduction six years ago.
Verified students who join the Pack receive GitHub Pro at no charge while in school, plus exclusive offers from our GitHub Education partners. More than doubling in size with 21 new partners, the Pack now represents almost $45,000 dollars in savings available to you during your time as a student.
As the Pack continues to grow and shape the next generation of developers, we’ve continued to listen. We’re here to better understand how you’re using these tools and what’s missing that you hope to see included. Whether you’re developing your portfolio, building a new desktop app, or creating an interactive map—the Pack was built to provide you with the exact tools you need to learn.
Felix Meese, Business Development Manager at Phrase and new GitHub Student Developer Pack partner, says that the Pack presents a unique opportunity for students. “I believe the impact on students is enormous. It’s not often that a group of companies gives you all the necessary parts and says, ‘Okay, now go build your rocket ship!’”
Gergely Sinka, founder of ConfigCat (another company joining the Pack), says that experimenting with more real-world tools makes students more attractive to potential employers. “Development is all about knowing the building blocks. The more experience you have with them, the more valuable you can be. Be a Swiss army knife on the job market.”
Amr Sobhy, CEO of PushBots and new Pack partner, says that he has personal experience with its benefits—so his company wants to pay it forward. “We started the company while I was a grad student and my co-founder was in medical school. We both had help from the Pack while getting started and we would love to give back!”
We’re happy to announce that the following partners are joining the Pack this month:
They follow these new partners, who quietly joined us this summer:
Plus, our longtime returning partners, including:
And, with more partners joining every month, there’s always more to come.
Looking for ideas for how to use all the new tools at your fingertips? Take a look at these projects or check out GitHub Education’s Twitter and Facebook. This semester, we’ll be featuring all-new “getting started” guides to help you get the most out of your membership.
Have a tool you’d like to see included in the Pack? Let the developer know (and tag us) on social media using the hashtag #GitHubPack. Companies interested in including an offer in the Pack can apply to be a partner.
Not yet a member of the Pack? It’s available for all verified students ages 13+, anywhere in the world where GitHub is available. Join today using your school-issued email, student ID, or other proof of current academic enrollment.
What’s better than all the savings combined from the GitHub Student Developer Park? Stickers! Just joking—but if you want some free GitHub stickers for you and your classmates, just have your teacher register with us at education.github.com. Once their academic employment is verified, they can request swag and educational materials for everyone they teach—plus they’ll have access to free GitHub Campus Advisor training and be able to upgrade any GitHub organization they use for teaching or academic research to Team for free.
Welcome back, students, and have a terrific 2020 school year!