[OSGeo-Conf] Exhibiting costs at FOSS4G

Jonathan Moules jonathan-lists at lightpear.com
Thu Apr 14 04:35:31 PDT 2016

Hi List,
    I was interested in potentially exhibiting at Bonn, but it seems that this is only available to >= Bronze sponsors, maybe opening up to Supporter level in the future if spaces remain empty.
    While Till was explained clearly why this was, this seems to me to be somewhat exclusionary for smaller organisations given the sponsorship costs for Bronze level isn't cheap - it's 5-10% of the annual income of a one-man band. For an organisation that's not from a high-GDP country these sums would be even more prohibitive.
    Till also pointed out this was still quite cheap and competative, but it doesn't seem to be. Assuming I'm reading it right, compare this to GeoBusiness for instance (http://geobusinessshow.com/wp-content/uploads/GEO16_ExhibitorBro.pdf) - £350/m2 (so about the same as the €500/m2 as Bonn) - but no sponsorship requirement *and* a potentially much larger audience (albeit not OpenSource focused) who themselves also get free attendance.
    I'd like to suggest it may be worth considering how to facilitate exhibitions at FOSS4G from smaller organisations, and organisations from lower-GDP countries.

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