Re: GNOME.Asia Summit - call for paper

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM, Pockey Lam <pockeylam gnome org> wrote:
> On 01/19/2011 11:56 AM, Srinivasa Ragavan wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM, Akhil Laddha<lakhil gnome org>  wrote:
>>> I have a small concern.
>>> We are thinking for keeping 'deadline for sponsorship' for companies by
>>> Feb 15, 2011. So when we notify speakers by Feb 13, 2011, we won't have
>>> much idea about total sponsorship. Later when speakers apply for travel
>>> subsidy, we may have to take decision based on the sponsorship what we
>>> would have received. I hope it will be fair to assume that we may not be
>>> able to sponsor all the notified speakers.
>> I honestly think that there should be no deadline for Call for
>> Sponsors. Given that the event happens in end of Q1 and beginning of
>> Q2 for many companies, they gonna take the decision at the very last
>> moment. But that shouldn't stop them from sponsoring to the event. You
>> can have a logical deadline with in which you can make decisions. Of
>> course you can revisit decision at times and offer people more
>> flexibility than before when you have more money at the end.
>> -Srini.
> Hi Srini,
> Thanks for your advice! Actually we also shared the same concern and have
> discussed about it during the meeting yesterday, so the deadline of call for
> sponsors will be as "late" as possible e.g. in mid March just to give more
> time for us to find enough sponsors, we will not refuse any sponsor
> eventhough they passed deadline, however, it is suggested that we should
> have a "so called" deadline so as to notify our sponsors that "if the
> deadline is passed, some printed materials may not carry their logos."

I'd say its fair enough to say that if you are so late to sponsor, we
may not be able to add you to printed materials etc etc. Also, when
deciding travel sponsorships, you gotto have iterations, if things go
very late. I know its tough, but we can't commit travel until we get
money and some companies won't sponsor till they know who all are
coming and  going to make the event big.


> Thanks,
> Pockey

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