Tech Bootcamps 3 Free Ones to Attend on Twitch

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Attending free tech bootcamps. are a good way to test if you want to pursue a career in technology. You will get a taste of the material, and will be better prepared if you decide to attend a paid course.
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Free Virtual Money Summits (April 2010 and May 2010)

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Be sure to scroll down for the direct links to register to these free events!

#STAYATHOME and learn something new!

????The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging to say the least, and I have been using this time as an opportunity to learn new things. Luckily, there are a lot of free upcoming summits to learn about money.

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6 Ways to Attend a Conference for Free

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Being a fan of Nomadic Matt for years, I was excited to volunteer and to go to his conference (TravelCon) to learn more about traveling and blogging.

Conferences are a great way to learn more in depth about a specific topic. Unfortunately, they can be expensive, but rest assured there are 6 ways to go to a conference for free or for a discounted rate.

In addition, a lot of conference speakers also speak at free events, and for tips on how they find them at free events please check out the article here.

1. Volunteer

A lot of conferences need volunteers and are willing to trade in volunteer hours for a free ticket. Reach out to the event organizer to see if there are volunteer opportunities.

Example: I recently attended TravelCon to learn more about travel blogging and only had to volunteer 8 hours to get a free ticket.

Savings: $300 (3 day general admission). When doing the math for each hour worked it was equivalent to $37.50 per hour. ($300/8 = $37.50)

2. Apply for Scholarships

In addition to volunteering, some conferences also offer scholarships to attend the conference.

Example: For the Create & Cultivate San Francisco conference, there is a scholarship application for round-trip travel, a one-night stay, and a ticket for you and a friend to attend the conference. The winner will also receive $5,000 to fund their business.

Savings: $350 (general admission) + $5,000 (potential funding)

3. Follow the Conference Hashtags for Giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Almost 30 is one of my favorite podcasts, and I was excited to win free tickets to go to PopSugar Play/Ground to attend a live podcast taping, fitness classes, and to try wellness “healthy” snacks.

Conferences usually have a hashtag and there are often giveaways for tickets and merchandise.

Example: I got 2 free tickets for PopSugar Play/Ground after entering multiple giveaways on Twitter and Instagram . I used the event’s hashtag #popsugarplayground to look for giveaways, and also won a BedGym resistance band.

Savings: $55 (single day admission)/ BedGym $79.99

4. Check Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for Promo Codes

Use Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as a search engine for promo codes. Type in the “conference’s name and promo code.” Depending on the website, sometimes you can “stack” and use multiple promo codes, which can lead to you going to the conference for free as well.

Example: For promo codes for the SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, you can type in “SF / Bay Area – Travel and Adventure Show Promo Code.” One of the first Google search results is this Slickdeals article “Free tickets to the 2018 SF Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show” that says to use promo code TZC18 for free tickets.

Savings: $15 (single day admission)

5. Follow the Conference, Speakers, and Sponsors on Social Media

Most conference speakers and sponsors want a high turnout and sometimes they offer either a free promo code or discounted promo code to attend the event. In addition, sometimes the conference offers early bird or last minute sales for tickets.

Example: For the New York Times Travel Show I was able to get a complimentary ticket by using Patricia Schultz’s (1000 Places to See Before You Die) promo code SCHULTZ. She made a Facebook event for the New York Times Travel Show with the promo code listed in the event listing for a free ticket.

Savings: $20 (single day admission)

6. Join Related Facebook Groups

Manifest it LIVE was a great conference about manifestation, and I was lucky enough to get a free ticket through the WE NYC Facebook group.

Facebook groups are a great resource for finding like minded individuals, and sometimes people post promo codes and exclusive offers for events.

Example: I joined the Facebook Group WE NYC to learn about women entrepreneurship. One of the posts was about Manifest It LIVE, and I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket to learn about manifestation.

Savings: $275 (3 day general admission ticket)

Want to See that Conference Speaker? Do Not Want to Pay?

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AQUA Studio Wellness Panel / From left to right: Dominque Porter (Moderator), Sarah Larson Levey (Founder of Y7 Studio), Esther Gauthier (Founder of AQUA Studio) and Latham Thomas (founder of Mama Glow)

Going to a conference is a great way to learn more about a topic and to meet other people. Unfortunately, not everyone has the funds to go to a conference, In addition, not every conference offers a promo code or contest to get a discounted ticket. Even though, some conferences live stream online, it still misses the human element that allows you to meet and connect with others.

Luckily, that is where free events come in. A lot of speakers do both paid and free events because they can reach audiences at different events and income levels. In addition, some free events are small, so you can easily talk and network with others.

Panels are small and you still learn a lot from the speakers.

Last week I attended a free wellness panel at AQUA Studio that had Sarah Larson Levey (founder of Y7 Studio), Esther Gauthier (founder of AQUA Studio) and Latham Thomas (founder of Mama Glow) as speakers. These women entrepreneurs were inspiring and they discussed how their mothers impacted their business endeavors and health routines.

Levey recently spoke at the Girlboss Rally ($350-700) and Thomas spoke at the #BlogHer18 Health Conference ($50-249).  Both of these conferences can be very motivating, but given that they can be costly, a free wellness panel is a great alternative. In addition, the audience size at the AQUA Studio event was about 20 people, so it was small enough where it was easy to ask the panelists questions.

Free healthy snacks from Local Roots. /Image by Local Roots.

Water, probiotics, and masks are essentials to stay healthy while flying.

My favorite wellness tip from the panel was learning how to prepare your body for a flight. If you are flying, bring a mask (spray with essential oils) and wear a sheet mask after washing your face. The cabin air has a lot of toxins and it is also dehydrating, so it is best to prepare your skin and to drink a lot of water. In addition, if you fly red eye, the airplanes tend to be older, and your body recovers in your sleep; so prepare it by taking probiotics three days prior and after.

This event also had a free Local Roots swag bag, and treats from Dosha Pops, Eboost, and GoMacro. Also Y7 Studio will be hosting free yoga with Fertility Positive on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 8am -10am. Be sure to RSVP here.

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Free Local Roots swag bag with snacks from GoMacro (protein bar), Dosha Pops (ayurvedic lollipop), and Eboost (energy drink).

Steps to Find that Paid Speaker at a Free Event

1. Follow the speakers and the brands you like on social media.

A few days prior to this event, AQUA Studio posted on Instagram that they were having this wellness panel. Since this was posted on social media, followers can easily make note and RSVP to this event.

2. Check Eventbrite frequently for free events.

I love using the free filter on Eventbrite. To find this wellness event, I typed in panel and I saw the AQUA Studio event posted there as well. Occasionally, pop ups also host free events as well, and you can find more information about how to find them in newsletters, Goldstar, Instagram, and Facebook here.

5 Upcoming Free Wellness Events (NYC)

  1. You Liked Yourself // Exploring Wellness in the 21st Century (Saturday, May 18, 2019 5pm-9pm)
  2. WE’RE NOT YOLKIN’ ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH: Speak Your Truth at HATCH (Monday, May 20,2019 6pm-8pm)
  3. Real Talk: Women and Work Mental Health (Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:30pm-8pm)
  4. EGG-CERCISE WITH US: Free Yoga with Y7 (Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8am-10am)
  5. Join Us After Work: Building Mental Wellness Panel (Wednesday May 22, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Want to Cook More Often? Start with the Instant Pot.

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Baked potatoes take only 18 minutes in an Instant Pot vs 45 minutes in the oven.

Cooking can be tough and intimidating. You need to meal plan, buy groceries, have the correct cooking tools, cook, and then wash dishes. Since cooking needs so many steps, it becomes so easy to order delivery on Seamless or to eat at a restaurant. Luckily, that is where the Instant Pot comes in to save you time and money. This cooking appliance is known to cook fast (whole frozen chicken in under an hour) and it is also a multi-cooker.

What can the Instant Pot do?

The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pot, steamer, warmer, and yogurt maker. Thus, the Instant Pot also saves you money and counter space because it replaces seven kitchen appliances.

The baked potatoes look delicious and you can see the steam as well.

Where can I learn how to use one?

Luckily, there are so many resources on Facebook for recipes, tutorials on YouTube, and pins on Pinterest.  I even attended a live Instant Pot cooking demo at Bloomingdales that I found on Eventbrite. My roommate also owns an Instant Pot, so I have been learning in the kitchen as well.

How do the dishes taste?

I tried baked potatoes at the Instant Pot Cooking demonstration and it was so delicious! I was amazed at how fast it was to cook baked potatoes. For example, baked potatoes take 18 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot, whereas in the oven it takes 45 minutes. Also if someone blindfolded me I would not have known the difference between a baked potato made in the oven or one made in an Instant Pot.

The baked potatoes need more bacon and cheese!

Where can I buy an Instant Pot?

Amazon is the easiest, since if you have in Prime it comes in two days. Depending on the model it costs $89.95-$199.95.

3 Instant Pot Meal Planning Guides

  1. Instant Pot Meal Plan (One Happy Housewife)
  2. Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Meal Plan for a Month (365 Days of Slow + Pressure Cooking)
  3. Meal Plan Monday {Instant Pot} (Instant Loss)

2 Free Instant Pot Demo Events ( NYC)

  1. Instant Pot Cooking (Friday, May 10, 2019 6pm-7:30pm)
  2. Instant Pot Cooking (Friday, May 24, 2019 6pm-7:30pm)

5 Upcoming Free Food Events (NYC)

  1. Family Cooking Class: Look Who’s Cooking – May 11th (Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:30am – 12pm)
  2. Cooking with All-Clad (Monday, May 13, 2019 6pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Korean Grandma’s Kimchi at Essex Street Market’s Grand Opening Party (Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:45pm – 1:15pm)
  4. Cooking with All-Clad (Monday, May 20, 2019 6pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Family Cooking Class: Look Who’s Cooking – June 8th (Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:30am – 12pm)
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