The main benefit from the Associate plan is to help AgileVentures in its ongoing mission to support charities around the world with IT solutions and also make learning resources available globally to developers trying to level up and make the world a better place. We have to pay for server hosting etc. and every little helps cover our costs.
You can take part in most of AgileVentures activities without paying a membership fee. Associate membership is totally optional and a way of donating to our cause in order to make it sustainable. It does come with some perks though. Apart from supporting our charities mission to help inrease worldwide access to learning resources, and help other NGOs with affordable IT services, Agile Ventures Associate Membership gives the following benefits:
- Access to AgileVentures Slack
- Access to AgileVentures Community events, workshops and training
- Project logistics advice and support
- Ability to hold an official position with Agile Ventures
- Voting rights in Agile Ventures general meetings help decide AV Charity Policy and direction
- Access to AgileVentures Edge events, workshops and training sessions (starting in fall of 2021).
Associate Membership fee is currently £5 a month and is charged on a monthly basis. You can cancel your membership at any time. Sign up to be an AgileVentures Associate
Access to AgileVentures Slack
AgileVentures uses the Slack instant messaging service to support the coordination of all activities. Join hundreds of other AgileVentures developers and browse the channels to take the pulse of real Agile projects.
Access to AgileVentures Community events, workshops and training
AgileVentures runs open meetings several times a day so you can hear about the latest developments on projects, propose new projects and hook up with potential pair partners. We organize events, mob-sessions and training at regular intervalls. You can join the majority of our activites directly from your browser. We are also streaming them on Twitch.tv
Project logistics advice and support
AgileVentures mission is to develop quality software for charities and other non-profits whilst also supporting the learning and development of individuals wishing to improve their teamwork and coding skills. AgileVentures software projects are all open source and open development.
Any project can become an AgileVentures project given that it meets at least two of the following criteria:
- Open Source - the code base (not the data) need to be licensed under any of the many open source and free software licenses available.
- Open Development Process - you and your team need to be committed to work “in the open”, mening that you allow other community members to join in and learn from you. This can be achieved by wourking in an online meeting and/or recording or streaming your work.
- Charitable Objective Your “client” is a Non Profit Organization or Charity. Your application will need to be assessed by board of Trustees
There are many AV members that will be happy to draw on their many years of experience working on and supporting open source charity software projects. Ask in the #new_projects channel on Slack about setting up your new project, or in #project_support for additional help on your existing project
Hold a position with Agile Ventures
Looking to advance your career but also have a sense of meaning in the things you do? We have several openings where you can make a real impact. These positions (paid or on a volunteer basis) are reserved for Associate Members of the AgileVentures Charity.
Voting rights in Agile Ventures Charity general meetings
An effectively run charity is only possible when members are actively participating in the democratic process and use their voting rights in the best interests of the organization. The trustee body (The Board) and governance structure (The Directors and Officers) need to allow for proper management of the membership. With an Associate Membership, you will be able to take part in the process of shaping the future of AgileVentures.
AgileVentures Edge events
“AgileVentures Edge” is an initiative to bring the latest in technology to further progress our members growth as proffesionals. Starting in the fall of 2021, we will bring about a schedule of events and panel discussions on topics ranging from Agile, Blockchain, CyberSecurity, Web Developnment, etc. Stay tuned for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my Associate membership auto-renew each month?
Yes, you’ll be charged each month automatically. You can cancel your membership at any time, should you want to - please email info[at]agileventures.org .
£5/month is a lot of money for me, surely you want membership to be affordable to everyone, everywhere?
Of course we do; however we also want to make our operation sustainable. You can take part in most of AgileVentures activities without paying a membership fee. Associate membership is totally optional and a way of donating to our cause in order to make it sustainable.