Campaign Bootcamp 2021

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May 28 - 30

 

About Bootcamp

Campaign Bootcamp is a nonpartisan immersive program that provides attendees with the skills and knowledge necessary to prosper in the world of political campaigns. Not only will attendees gain a thorough understanding of political campaigns but, Campaign Bootcamp also equips participants with the skills needed to be an effective, efficient, and well-rounded campaign staffer. 

Attendees will learn the ins and outs of a political campaign across three days of virtual training. They will have opportunities to network with peers and to compete for Texas Tribune Fest tickets. Read below to learn more about our program, to review our schedule, and see who you'll be learning from. RSVPs are open now but space is limited. Before signing up, please consider your ability to participate fully in the program throughout the weekend.

Thanks to our incredible sponsor, The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Women's University. Without their generous support, none of this would be possible.

Check back often to get updates about our presenters. 

Program Details

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Registration Is Now Open

Registration is free and open to all interested participants. Please only register if you are willing and able to participate in all sessions from May 28 - 30. Each day will consist of at least three hour and a half long sessions, see the schedule below to learn more. We highly encourage possible attendees to consider their ability to commit to the full program before signing up. Please click here to register via Eventbrite! If you have questions reach out to Cole at cole.wilson@austin.utexas.edu.

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Schedule of Events

Campaign Bootcamp arms participants with the knowledge and skills needed to find a position on a campaign and make an informed and substantive impact.

Friday
3:00 PM - Kickoff Address
3:30 PM - Campaign Management 101
5:00 PM - Break
5:15 PM - Fundraising 101
6:45 PM - Networking Session
7:30 PM - Conclusion of Day I

Sunday
11:00 AM - Kickoff Address
11:15 AM - Ground Game and Voter Contact
12:30 PM - Break
12:45 PM - Communication 101
2:00 PM - Ethics and Your Place on a Campaign
3:30 PM - Team Breakout Sessions and Pitch Creation

Sunday
11:00 AM - Getting the Job
12:00 PM - Workshop Hours

*The order of presentations is subject to change.

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Work Collaboratively

Throughout the weekend, Campaign Bootcamp attendees will be asked to contemplate how to run a full fledged campaign themselves. Attendees will be placed on teams and asked to present a winning plan/strategy for a hypothetical campaign using the knowledge and skills they picked up throughout the weekend. Teams will film their pitch for our panel of judges, who will declare our winners the following week. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will earn tickets to the 2021 Texas Tribune Fest, bragging rights, and a shout out on social media!

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Network with Peers During and After

While Campaign Bootcamp will be entirely online, we will provide opportunities for attendees to network, work together in teams, and make lasting connections with other Bootcampers. Moreover, our winners and a select group of standout Bootcampers will join us for a tailored Trib Fest experience complete with opportunities to meet fellow young leaders in the democratic and civic engagement space.