[Osmf-talk] SotM2011: What's next?
nick at blacksworld.net
Mon Jul 19 08:35:27 BST 2010
We charge for the conference so that there is no risk of the Foundation losing money if sponsorship does not materialise. Attendee fees cover venue hire and basic equipment and catering. Sponsor money covers more exciting catering options, plus the Saturday evening meal. Most of the sponsor money goes back to the OSM-F.
So if the point of workshops is education and outreach, we could make them free / very low cost. If the point is to make money for the Foundation, there are probably more effective ways of raising money from NGOs and other organisations who have indicated that they are willing to donate to OSM-F.
On 18 Jul 2010, at 18:04, SteveC wrote:
>> On 7/17/10 7:18 AM, Emilie Laffray wrote:
>>> On 17 July 2010 12:14, Nick Black <nick at blacksworld.net> wrote:
>>> Interesting idea - but is the main point to collect revenue or educate people? It seems that there are lots of opportunities for collecting sponsorship and donations for OSM-F, but less opportunities for education and outreach. Maybe workshops should be for fee?
>>> I agree with the fact that charging for workshops would go against the desire to educate people. Charging for asked-for workshops might be something to look at in a different context.
>> workshops are also excellent sponsorship opportunities for businesses.
> er, why do we charge for the conference at all then?
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