How could we acknowledge sponsors at online WordCamps?

As we’ve been adjusting to the world of online WordCamps, we’re continually adapting the program. An important part of the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. program is our sponsors — both Global and Local. Their importance to every WordCamp should be acknowledged, so let’s collaborate on some tips and guidelines to share with other organizers!

So far, here is what online WordCamps have have done:

  • Acknowledgement on WordCamp site
  • Acknowledgement in attendee emails
  • Acknowledgement in opening remarks
  • Sponsor logo on slides between sessions
  • Sponsor-hosted pre-event activities (e.g., yoga)
  • A few minutes to talk about their company in opening remarks
  • Virtual Hallway Tracks with Sponsor giveaways
  • Virtual Sponsor Booths
  • Sponsor-hosted lunchtime activities (e.g., pet hour)
  • Acknowledgement in closing remarks
  • Sponsor-hosted after-event activities (e.g., trivia/game show)

Some other good ideas I’ve heard:

  • Digital job board
  • Lunch vouchers
  • Virtual lunch room (with virtual tables where sponsor representatives can connect with attendees)
  • Virtual swag (but what would this look like?)
  • More ideas for after-event activities, like karaoke, talent show, teach a silly skill
  • A sponsor landing page on the WordCamp’s site where sponsors can share links (with newsletter sign-ups, etc.)

Share your feedback and ideas!

  • What do you think of these ideas, and which seem to be high-value for organizers and sponsors?
  • Have you attended an online conference that had other interesting sponsor opportunities?
  • Do you have other ideas for WordCamp sponsor acknowledgement?

Looking forward to hearing all your thoughts and ideas in the comments. 🙂