I’ve always wanted to give this title* to a post announcing sponsorship opportunities.
In all seriousness, though we’re keeping things as low-cost as possible, putting on an event like the community summit for 100+ people requires money. Since we’re planning to subsidize travel for a number of volunteers and students from around the world who couldn’t otherwise attend, that bumps up the budget by a fair bit. If your company is doing well and you’re making a living at least in part thanks to WordPress, I hope you’ll consider becoming a sponsor for the event.
Sponsorships range from $500 – $10k+, whatever you can afford to contribute. This event sponsorship is really about supporting the project and the community; there aren’t graduated levels of exposure associated with each price level other than the label that will show up in the sidebar. Links to your site, logos in the program, and thanks at event will be given to all sponsors, regardless of dollar amount. Since this event is by invitation and has a set number of attendees, the different sponsorship levels are really about the desire and financial ability of your company to contribute to the summit, not about a marketing bang for your buck. When we’ve raised enough money to cover our costs, we’ll stop taking sponsorships. I’ll try to post a budget overview next week so it’s transparent how the money is being spent.
Check out the call for sponsors for more information and to sign on as a sponsor. Thanks!
*A riff on the movie title Desperately Seeking Susan.