This feels like a new thing (or at least in my experience). I don’t think it’s a great fit for Flock.
Previously keynotes have been invited. I don’t like the idea of offering them for sale. I understand if that’s the financial reality we’re facing, but I will pout.
Are these separate events? I understand the “make big money donors feel special” aspect, but this feels like selling access, which strikes me as counter to how our community works. (Practically, speaking, Red Hat may be our only platinum sponsor, so this seems sort of redundant, too).
None of the above are show-stoppers for me, but they have me at 0 instead of +1.
I like the idea of making these add-ons that can be separately purchased instead of swapping things in and out, but if that requires a legal re-review, then nevermind. In particular, the DEI fund / travel sponsor feels like a thing that would allow sponsors to increase their contribution.
In the Council meeting today, we discussed the idea of keeping the booth in the prospectus but knowing that we would have a conversation with a sponsor about what a booth at Flock means. A traditional conference booth is a lose-lose situation for the sponsor and the Fedora community, but something more fun, engaging, and interactive like the 2017 Cape Cod cariactures and podcast interview booth would be great. That specific example was also great, because the sponsor (Red Hat team that didn’t normally work with Fedora) ended up sharing the marketing collateral with the DEI Team, which we used for our own videos and promotional material later.
Buying a session doesn’t feel totally right to me either. But I feel like some opportunity to “talk with Fedora” is also nice. What might this birds-of-a-feather session look like? I’m not generally familiar with this format at conferences even though I have heard of them since forever.
Another fair point. I do think a networking event of some kind could be helpful though, whether it is some kind of dedicated networking thing or a dinner. Talking in a quieter setting with sponsors could also be strategically helpful for Fedora too. We have a healthy degree of independence where someone can’t exactly “buy” the Fedora agenda. But for example, tying into the Fedora strategy, say we get some major downstream consumer or an OEM provider to join us at this sponsor social. It could be a useful opportunity to talk shop, especially to provide some feedback on to be a good Open Source citizen and how to participate in the Fedora community. It could also be a good way to get our sponsors to talk to each other instead of just Fedora leadership.
But I’m no pro at this and it would probably take some wrangling to make it a useful event as I described above.
At present, this is a pending question for me.
Approaching it like this seems workable to me.
Also, leadership here to me means Council, FESCo, and Mindshare. Participation of community-driven leadership at this event is key. ↩︎
So like an unadvertised option? I guess this would be something we leave open for negotiation or perhaps mention as something as an aside, instead of featuring at a top-level perk in the prospectus then.