Monday, January 09, 2012

open and transparent demo camp sponsoring

Its been a while since Peter Friese and I started to organize the Eclipse Demo Camp in Hamburg. And since the early days, we couldn't have done it without companies sponsoring the event so that we could sit in a nice location, have free drinks and quite often even free food for everybody joining us to watch great demos and great speakers.

Since sponsoring was always an important part of organizing that event, we decided to try something new in this area. For the next demo camp (the Juno release camps in the summer of 2012), we try a totally open and transparent sponsoring. Everybody is invited to join us sponsoring this event. All you (as a sponsor) need to do is: register yourself as a sponsor on the demo camp wiki page with your name and the amount of money you would like to spend. And we explicitly invite everybody: from big companies spending several hundreds of Euros to individuals spending only a few bucks. Every single Euro is welcome and highly appreciated.

The sponsoring will have absolutely zero effect on the selection of speakers or demos and we continue to have no sponsored talks or company presentations at the beginning (the only exception to this is if the management of the company that is giving us the room for free is asking for a small intro at the beginning, but we try to avoid that as well). And attendance will be free, as usual... :-)

Ah, one more thing: We will donate 20% of the food/drinks that we order for the event to a local organization that helps homeless people. We think its not fair when we sit inside having more food than we can eat and having other people sitting on the street being hungry. Therefore 20% of all the drinks/food that we order will be delivered directly to that organization on the evening of the demo camp.


Michel Parisien said...

Can sponsorship be done via paypal?

Martin Lippert said...

We haven't decided yet how to organize the money transfer. Paypal would be an option, but they charge some quite remarkable fees for transactions... If you wanna donate some money, put your name on the wiki and tell us how much and we will let you know once we have figured out how to transfer.