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Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers

Who is this for?
Arena Academy Intro to Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers is a 2.5-day online program for people who work in the tech space who’d like to apply their skills to the campaign world. The goal is to help participants to understand the different opportunities that exist on campaigns.

This training will also lay a foundation for understanding the larger electoral landscape, how campaigns incorporate data, the timelines, and the resource constraints campaigns are under​ when working toward Election Day. It’s an excellent fit for anyone who wants to take a sabbatical to work on a campaign, transition into politics full time, or be a superstar volunteer. We’ll help tech workers understand how to translate their skills to campaigns and have an impact in 2022.

Which topics are covered?
Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers will introduce the campaign data ecosystem, how campaigns leverage data, and common challenges when working toward Election Day. We will focus on the future of campaigns, discussing research in the Democratic campaign space and how bias shows up in data campaigns. On the final day, we will brush up on some technical skills, but more importantly, we will show you how you can apply your skills to campaigns.

What’s the schedule?
We’ll spend the majority of the 2.5 days in plenary sessions on the inner workings of campaigns and show all the ways to drive strategic campaigns. We’ll cover data structures, reporting, targeting, and how different coding skills are applied to campaigns. From January 20-22, days typically start at 11:00 a.m. EST and go until 6:00 p.m. EST, with exceptions and optional evening programming.

What’s the format?
Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers is an interactive online training course. We accept about 100 people, and participants will spend most of the time in a full-group setting with breakout discussions.

What’s the cost?
Registration for Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers costs $200. We also offer need-based scholarships on a sliding scale. In other trainings like our Academies, 67% of participants were awarded scholarships.

What coding languages do you need to know?
There is no coding language prerequisite for this training. You don’t need to be proficient in multiple coding languages. If you have experience with one or more languages like SQL, R, or Python, you will be right at home with this training. This training will cover how programming languages like SQL, R, and Python are applied in the campaign space.

The campaign space is not limited to those three languages but will be the focus of specific topics. Even if you have coding experience in languages like JavaScript, HTML, C++, PHP, etc., this training is still a good fit for you to understand the campaign environment.

I work in the tech industry, but my role is not strictly related to code. Is this training for me?
Like the tech world, electoral campaigns need great project managers and leaders of teams to reach ambitious goals. The training will focus on the technical concepts that are similar to the tech industry to show participants how to transfer their skills to electoral campaigns.

Do I need to be there for each day of the training?
Yes. You should plan to clear your schedule to participate fully. We expect you to be online, video on, and fully present for the Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers duration. We understand that many of us are juggling family, work, and household responsibilities at home. It can be challenging to find a space that is distraction-free and to commit to the whole time. We believe in you. Your learning is worth investing in. We’ll have ample breaks and shorter days to ensure you take care of yourself and stay engaged.

Will the Arena help me get a job?
We have placed Arena Academy graduates with 500+ jobs on progressive campaigns or at progressive organizations. After attending Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers, you will gain access to various services and support through our talent program, including resume workshops, networking, one-on-one career coaching, and Arena recommendations when applying to jobs.

Will we receive the training materials?
Yes. Slides will be made available to participants after the course. You’ll be asked to join Arena Careers to have access. You can join ahead of time by creating a profile.

What are the technical requirements?
Tech to Elections: Campaigns 101 for Tech Workers will take place via Zoom. You will need a computer with a working camera and microphone and a connection to stable internet to attend this training. We recommend you download Zoom ahead of time. You are expected to be online and on-camera for all training sessions. If you do not have a computer or internet connection, the Arena team will work with you to find reasonable accommodations.

I have a disability and need support or accommodation.
We are committed to supporting all participants in their learning experience. If you need accommodation or support of any kind, please let us know on your application form.

I’ve attended Arena Academy in the past, and I am interested in attending this training. Will I be accepted?
We’ll consider each application on a case-by-case basis. Having attended an Academy in the past makes you no more or less likely to be accepted. Be sure to cover in your application why exactly attending another Arena training will contribute to your future goals and aspirations on campaigns. We also strongly encourage new applicants to apply.

What’s the refund policy?
You can request a full refund up to 14 days before the training start date. However, no refunds are offered within 14 days of the training start date.

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