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Supporting Let's Encrypt & Virtual Conferences

Anthony Eden's profile picture Anthony Eden

We're a month into our Pay it Forward campaign! It's time for a quick update on what we're doing, how you can help, and what's ahead.

DNSimple just turned ten in April, and we're honoring that achievement throughout 2020. In a recent post, we announced that as part of our tenth anniversary, we're donating 10% of every new yearly Personal, Professional, and Business plan subscription payment to Let's Encrypt for a limited time.

Why Let's Encrypt? That's easy. As a champion of the free and open Internet, Let's Encrypt does essential work to create a more privacy-respecting Web. And as a non-profit, they rely solely on donations to operate. We'd love it if you joined us in helping build a more secure Internet. All you have to do is sign up. We'll even give you two months free.

Sponsoring virtual tech conferences

Tech conferences are another key element of building a better Internet. They're an incredible way to get your foot in the door in the industry. They're also great for networking within your field and learning more about your craft - especially if you're a new developer.

As part of our pay-it-forward initiative, we planned to sponsor diversity and inclusion scholars, helping a new generation of developers attend conferences like RailsConf and ChefConf. But with so many rapid changes making in-person conferences impossible, their plans changed, and so did ours.

Though it was heartbreaking for everyone involved, cancelling the in-person events was unquestionably the right decision. After a bit more planning, and some major adjustments, both conferences announced they were going digital – taking their talks, social events, and meetups online.

We were thrilled. Despite the challenges, we knew it was important to remain a sponsor. So we did. And in making it available online, RailsConf 2020.2 Couch Edition and ChefConf Online will be free and open to the public. They'll reach thousands more than the in-person conferences ever could have.

Making the conferences available online democratizes the experience in revolutionary ways. It gives everyone equal access not only to the talks, but to industry leaders. Attendees will be able to talk to the pros directly – asking questions and getting expert advice. It's a terrific opportunity for new and seasoned developers to come together across the globe.

Both conferences are offering on-demand access to their videos during the events. RailsConf 2020 is staying up for the entire summer, and you'll be able to return to your favorite videos indefinitely.

What's coming up

We're also sponsoring ElixirConf Virtual June 18 - 19 from 2pm - 7pm CEST. They've postponed their EU conference in Warsaw until October, and are offering an online version in the meantime, so you can stay inspired from home. Connect with the community, and participate in the various talks, meetings, and chats. Register here to get 10% off.

Supporting a better Internet

Attending digital conferences helps Internet communities stay connected. And Let's Encrypt is a champion of keeping online communities secure with a more privacy-respecting Internet.

You can continue to help Let's Encrypt build a better Internet through our campaign. Subscribe to a yearly plan, and DNSimple will donate 10% of your subscription to Let's Encrypt to help them secure the Web. You'll even get 12 months of service for the price of 10: that's 2 months free!

Ready to join the DNSimple community in supporting a more privacy-respecting Web? Sign up here, or get in touch if you have any questions. We'd love to chat.

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Anthony Eden

I break things so Simone continues to have plenty to do. I occasionally have useful ideas, like building a domain and DNS provider that doesn't suck.