Project Horseshoe Buddies Guide

What is the Buddy Program?

The Buddy Program pairs first-time attendees to Project Horseshoe with veteran attendees for the purpose of helping the first-time attendee get the most out of their experience. First-time attendees can request a buddy upon registration and are assigned a veteran attendee that has volunteered for the program.

What to expect from the Buddy Program

If you are participating in the program, there are a few things your buddy will do unbidden and a whole bunch of things you can ask of your buddy if you want.

What will your buddy do?

You can expect your buddy to reach out to you before Project Horseshoe, introduce themselves, and answer any questions you may have about the event. During the event you can expect your buddy to make contact on the first day, check in with you a few times over the weekend to see how you are doing, and generally be available. Your buddy is intended as a friendly presence in a new place, a resource for information and advice, and an advocate if you need something.

What can your buddy do if you ask?

Don’t hesitate to ask your buddy for information or assistance. As a veteran attendee, they’re familiar with many aspects of the program and many people at the event. If there’s something they don’t know or a request that should be routed to the organizers, they’ll help point you in the right direction. Your buddy is here to help, but won’t automatically assume your needs, so here are just some of the things you could ask them to do:

  • Advise you on how to get the most out of Project Horseshoe.
  • Explain pre-event preparations, such as travel arrangements and logistics.
  • Explain work group topic suggestions and voting process.
  • Help you pick a work group.
  • Show you around the event space.
  • Facilitate introductions and socializing with other attendees.
  • Sit with you at meals.
  • Help you figure out what to do if something unexpected happens.
  • Advise you what to do if you’re uncertain or uncomfortable.
  • Go for a walk and chat.
Tips for getting the most out of your buddy relationship.
  • Engage with your buddy before the event.
  • Ask your buddy what they love about Project Horseshoe.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything Project Horseshoe related.
  • Not sure what to do or where to go? Head for your buddy!
  • It’s okay to tell your buddy what’s up, even if it makes you vulnerable.