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From Donald Harbison <dpharbi...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: apachecon eu speaker subsidies
Date Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:06:15 GMT
On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 6:38 PM, Nick Burch <nick@apache.org> wrote:

> On Mon, 30 Jul 2012, Mark Struberg wrote:
>> Folks, I know no single conference where the speakers have to pay for the
>> conference itself. That's just ridiculous.
> There are quite a few out there. It's starting to look like some people
> are finding the idea normal, others are shocked, depending on what other
> conferences you've spoken at recently...
>  The ride and hotel could be handled via the travel-help as we don't have
>> the budget of other big conferences - but tickets must be included.
> <change-of-hat>
> TAC won't just carte-blanche hand out plane tickets to all speakers,
> sorry. Typical TAC recipients are students, people out of work, people just
> starting out in work, people who work in very low paid sectors etc.
> There is a strict judging process, and giving lots of preference to
> speakers, above and beyond others, risks problems with our charitable
> status. Some speakers will get help, certainly, and many have been helped
> out in the past, but by no means can TAC fund them all....
> </change-of-hat>
> Unless someone is able to find a hefty chunk of sponsorship down the back
> of their company sofa, the budget as it currently stands doesn't let us
> both comp speakers, and offer them free hotel accomodation.
> So, we come back to the earlier question once more. For those people who
> won't be fully funded by their company no matter what, which is more
> important to you being able to come?
> * Would it be better for you two pay a couple of hundred euros towards
>   your ticket (say, something like half price), and get accomodation?
> * Or would it be better if your ticket was completely free, but you
>   have to arrange and pay for your own accomodation?

+1 Ticket free/pay for accomodation. Risky to mix the two, IMHO.

> We've had a few people already vote for the latter, but is that the case
> for everyone? Which is the one we should be concentrating on trying to make
> happen?
> Thanks
> Nick

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