Overview

The PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit’s OnRamp is a distinct ticket type that includes admission to a separate track of content designed for entry-level technology professionals. Less a conference and more of a guided hands-on class, OnRamp is taught by some of the industry’s leading PowerShell instructors and subject matter experts. OnRamp is also an introduction to the PowerShell community and ecosystem. By blending an instructor-led classroom experience with the Summit’s keynotes, social events, and carefully selected general sessions, OnRamp attendees can accelerate their entry into the broader world of scripting, DevOps, and automation. We recommend you start by reading the OnRamp Brochure.

Who Should Attend?

OnRamp is designed for entry-level technology professionals who have completed foundational certifications such as CompTIA A+ or Cisco IT Essentials. No prior PowerShell experience is required, although some basic knowledge of server administration is helpful. We offer several full-ride scholarships for the OnRamp program. The goal of these scholarships is to help bring new and diverse professionals into the community and field.

What is Included?

OnRamp attendees join Tuesday’s main Summit event for our keynotes and general sessions. They also join the main Summit event for breakfasts, lunches, and our two evening events. Aside from those times, they’re immersed in a carefully designed, hands-on class environment with several of our expert instructors.

OnRamp attendees may also choose to be paired with a “buddy”, an experienced PowerShell and DevOps professional who previously attended the Summit. Our buddy pairings are designed to help OnRamp attendees participate better in our community and social events, and give them someone to bounce questions and ideas off of when they’re outside of class.

What is Required?

OnRamp attendees must bring their own laptop to participate in hands-on activities. This laptop is required to be capable of running Visual Studio Code (VS Code) and PowerShell version 7 or higher. Most modern laptops running Windows, Linux, or macOS are supported and meet these requirements. You should have administrator rights on the laptop.

You must install the following software on your laptop before arriving at the conference:

All of the required software is free and cross-platform. Microsoft provides installation instructions for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Install/Setup assistance for PowerShell and VS Code cannot be provided by our on-site staff. Please visit the forums on PowerShell.org if you have questions or need assistance.

After registration and a few weeks before the conference, we’ll contact all OnRamp attendees about the buddy program, on-site requirements, and more. We suggest registering using a personal email address (versus a corporate one) to ensure you receive those communications. OnRamp attendees should also watch for announcements on PowerShell.org and follow our social media account on X (the social media platform formerly known as Twitter) for any updates before arriving at the conference.

Scholarship Information

Through fundraising and corporate sponsorships, The DevOps Collective, Inc. is pleased to offer several full-ride scholarships to the OnRamp Track at The PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. Before considering the scholarship, please review the OnRamp Brochure.

 

Scholarship recipients receive the following:

  • Free admission to the OnRamp Track, including four breakfasts, four lunches, and two evening events.
  • Five nights lodging
  • US domestic airfare (coach)

Applicants must bring their own laptop as defined in this article’s “What is required?” section. We have a limited number of scholarships, including a minimally equipped laptop. The goal of the scholarship is to help bring new people into our field and community, with a focus on people who are just beginning a career in IT. Our primary recipient criteria are:

  • Individuals of ethnic or gender groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in IT (half of our scholarship slots are reserved for members of these groups).
  • Individuals who have completed an entry-level IT training program (which can include a technical college) or who hold at least one entry-level certification (such as CompTIA A+).
  • Individuals who currently hold an entry-level IT job, participate in an IT internship, or actively apply for an entry-level IT job.
  • Individuals who fully intend to make IT their full-time professional career.

At this time, our scholarships are available to anyone. However, there are currently restrictions on airfare coverage for non-US applicants, who should be prepared to cover their own airfare to the event.

The Deadline to submit your application is January 15, 2024. 

Community

While the primary goal of the OnRamp Track is to bootstrap individuals into the tools and technologies of our trade, it has a secondary goal of connecting them with our community and helping them build new and lifelong personal connections. To this end, OnRamp participants (whether attending on a scholarship or not) can opt-in to be paired with an experienced buddy at the event. This gives them someone to bounce technical questions off of, but also someone who can help introduce them to the community and help them begin building a personal network that will serve their entire IT career.