[Viscom-dev] Budget stuff...
cholmes at openplans.org
Mon Feb 26 13:13:47 EST 2007
Tyler Mitchell wrote:
> On 26-Feb-07, at 9:37 AM, Chris Holmes wrote:
>> What happened to all the booth stuff from where 2.0 last year? Or
>> foss4g for that matter? Can't we re-use that? I mean, obviously not
>> the hand-outs, but at least have a table that we can talk at.
> We do have some things Chris, you are right. I think the signage may be
> gone but that we have the black banner and/or table skirt with the old
> logo on it. And also a pop-up banner. Michael, can you tell us what
> you have on-hand?
> My requests are mainly to develop more of a pop-up booth that can be
> easily shipped around. And to also cover other costs like sundry bits
> and pieces required at an event - power, internet, tables, carpet,
> etc... which can quickly add up. Unfortunately those are not very
> reusable :[
Do we really need power and internet? Aren't tables provided? We
should be able to get in-kind donations for booths at most conferences
we go to. No they won't be huge, but they are place to sit where people
can find us. Carpet? We need to bring our own carpet?
I admit that a unfunded booth will be a bit more ghetto than some
corporate glowing lights and carpeted waterfall. I know we want to have
a flashy presence where ever we go, but the black banner identifying us
as OSGeo and some people sitting around is far more helpful than
nothing. Personally that's all I really want from VisComm, with some
flyers when we can afford them, I think the flashy stuff and 'standard'
corporate booths are overdone and _far_ from worth the money. If we had
paid viscomm staff I'd personally concentrate them mostly on blogging
and writing articles for print magazines (and herding others to do so
(thanks mpg!). And just have one or two people speaking at most
conferences, instead of 30 people with t-shirts and expensive banners at
only a couple.
I personally think even a 'pop-up' booth is a bit of an extravagance.
TOPP goes to college recruiting fairs all the time and all the corporate
types have these extensive booths, but our banner with a nice clear logo
and informative hand outs go much, much further for the money. We
fed-ex the banner around in a tube for $25, and the banner itself cost
maybe $250? And OSGeo already has a banner _and_ a table skirt, which
is more than my organizations does.
TOPP could afford to invest in a pop-up booth if it was going to pay
off, but they aren't all that much easier to take around, and they
usually fall over and don't look all that great. Personally I think
having a pop-up display thing gives the impression you're wasting money.
We can bank on the fact that open source is all about investing in the
code and the projects, and thus cheaper booths can actually enhance our
image if we play it right.
Of course if we have the funding to do bigger I say go for it, by all
means, I understand the value of it. But to not have any presence just
because we can't do a pop-up booth that we ship around seems silly.
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