The Rise Conference prides itself as being the “largest tech conference in Asia” and when they opened an application for volunteers on their recent conference held in Hong Kong last July 9-12, 2018, I was one of the blessed applicants.
The application process starts months before the event where:
6 months before the event:
you will be asked to fill out the application form and submit your resume
4 months before the event:
you will receive an email informing that you are chosen as a volunteer, sign up to their In It Live app with your availability and preference
2 weeks before the event:
you will receive an email with your confirmed schedule with information about the orientation.
So you see, the waiting game is real strong but it was worth it. Just relax and trust the process.
You can be assigned in different teams:
I was assigned to the Media team where I was tasked to assist the journalists from respected media companies. It was fun having access on what’s happening on the background. The bonus of this whole experience is you get to watch the talks and presentations when you're not on duty. And this is a very expensive and high-profile conference! I get to watch Hong Kong's former Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah talk live!
Katie (in-charge for volunteers) is wonderful and very caring to the volunteers - always asking how we're doing and letting us go and enjoy the event as well. Luke and Katherine from the Media team, though busy, will always take time to see if we're doing alright. Overall, the work was very light and you get to appreciate the event and make new friends with other volunteers.
This is what I love traveling. I travel because I get to experience the behind the scenes and not just the usual touristy stuff. It lets me interact with different people and it is always an eye-opening experience when you’re learning from their success journey.
Finally, this is what I love about working online full time. I get to travel and work at the same time.
The next Rise Conference is set on July 8-11, 2019. Still a long way to go but I’d volunteer again if given the chance.
Find the official photos from the event here.