Camp KDE 2009: First two sponsors announced

October 15, 2008

One aspect of a new conference that may be under-appreciated is that of sponsorship.  Not only are we organically growing a conference identity over the first years, but we’re also working with new sponsors.

If you haven’t guessed, sponsors and donors that are interested in European conferences may be different than those with Central and South American conferences.

As such, I’m happy to announce that we (the Camp KDE organizers) have already come to agreements with two American companies to help our event.  As with other events, their donations will be used to secure facilities and subsidize the travel and lodging of attendees.

The upcoming Dot article on the event announcement will more formally address this topic, but I want to thank:

  • iXsystems:  You may know them because of their desktop initiatives at electronic chains, their server offerings, or their collaboration with the BSD family (notably our friends at PC-BSD).  If you’re in the Bay Area, you can meet both at the “meetBSD California’08” conference coming up in November.
  • Google: Have you heard of them before?  They were kind enough to host our Release Event in January and they’re back to assist with Camp KDE.

Above and beyond sponsorship, we’re still working on further involvement of both companies; hopefully presentations will be given.  Thanks to both iXsystems and Google.

Whether to come.  What speeches to attend.  How long to stay.  Giving a presentation yourself.  Hosting a developer sprint.  What side of the beach to swim on:

As always, originals in my public Picasa Gallery.

The event and registration site are still on track to be completed this weekend.  It put a smile on my face when I woke up on Monday morning, logged in – and within 5 minutes both Ruphy and Franz were asking me about the site.


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