[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G Discount for Charter Members proposal

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Wed Aug 13 11:56:53 PDT 2014

Hi All,

I think the comparison between the SotM model and the FOSS4G model is
interesting, but it is important to think about the financial objectives of
each conference. My understanding was that FOSS4G provides most of the
funding for OSGEO over the year, this isn't the case for SotM. Though
successful sponsorship programs could possibly make up the difference
between the discounted tickets.

One note, I've worked for a few organizations that have paid my ticket for
SotM. I've also paid the mapper price myself previously as well. I would
have not been able to get them to pay for FOSS4G though. Some of you may
have noticed I have given a workshop every year I've attended FOSS4G. I
would not be able to attend otherwise. Not that it is conceivable for
everyone to give a workshop to be able to attend.



On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM, Daniel Kastl <daniel at georepublic.de>

>> SotM finances are based on the expectation that most people attending
>> will be ‘mappers’ who pay the lower rate, I doubt they make much money from
>> the business tickets.
> Hi Steven,
> I agree that SotM is a bit extreme in the price difference. It doesn't
> need to be that much. But I can speak for SotM Tokyo, where I was involved,
> and there were more business tickets sold than I expected and they made up
> a large share of the total revenue through ticket sales.
> My main point is, that for delegates, who get paid the conference by their
> employer, a slightly higher price doesn't really matter (it's just a
> fraction of the total cost anyway), because they just pass the costs to the
> employer. For the employer it has a value, if one can see the company name
> on the badge.
> But someone from nearby for example or tries to keep the travel costs low
> and takes a holiday to attend FOSS4G, such a discounted community ticket
> makes a difference, whether the person is a charter member or not.
> I think we should strengthen the value of the community, not the "club" of
> charter members. ;-)
> Daniel
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