[Yapc-na-organizers] Corporate Pricing

Jim Brandt cbrandt at buffalo.edu
Fri Jun 27 19:02:48 PDT 2008

And just to clarify, the reason this issue has come up isn't to raise 
more money for YAPC. We've heard from many people that they can't get a 
conference approved if the amount is too low. In fact, I've heard that 
from my employer, and I've had to do extra work to get YAPCs approved 
since it's so inexpensive. I know, strange, but true.

The pycon rates are interesting:


Can anyone find prices for RailsConf?

Robert Blackwell wrote:
> Wow great to know Josh.  I have to admit that over $1000.00 seemed a  
> bit much to me but would be what we would need for the corporate world.
> On Jun 26, 2008, at 11:26 PM, Joshua McAdams wrote:
>> Please, please do a corporate rate.  Around $1100 to $1500 should be a
>> sweet spot.  The problem is that a lot of the larger corporations,
>> especially financial institutions, will approve a $1500 expense
>> because that is a standard training cost, but a $100 expense isn't
>> standard and is hard to explain.  If you want to make it easier on the
>> many (remember Richard's visit to the Money conference) financial Perl
>> users, this is a good way to be accommodating.
>> All that you need for a corporate package is to have a special
>> networking session where all of the corporate attendees and some
>> members of TPF get together for a few hours.  This would fit nicely
>> into the typically open Monday night spot.  It's not fraudulent....
>> companies pay tons for special access and professional networking.
>> This is just facilitating that networking.  Other conferences do this
>> all of the time, we just haven't ever taken advantage of it. I was
>> actually told this again when I visited NY.pm tonight.  Go for it :)
>> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 10:27 PM, Robert Blackwell
>> <robert at robertblackwell.com> wrote:
>>> On Jun 26, 2008, at 9:55 PM, Bob Clancy wrote:
>>> I was thinking about what I thought would attact more corporate  
>>> money on the
>>> train ride home this evening.  What kept coming to mind was a split
>>> conference/training program with professional teachers.  Corporate  
>>> students
>>> would spend each morning in advanced training sessions and the  
>>> afternoons
>>> attending conference sessions.  The morning conference sessions can  
>>> be the
>>> more specialized "Perl community" sessions like Parrot/Perl6 or Perl
>>> Advocacy topics, and the afternoon conference sessions could be the  
>>> more
>>> practical topics such as testing, perl program garage, etc.  I'm  
>>> not sure
>>> whether this idea would work but I want to put the idea on the  
>>> table for
>>> discussion and/or further brainstorming.
>>> --
>>> Bob
>>> Thanks I think that is a good thought on this.  I did hear some  
>>> grumbling at
>>> YAPC about the early start this year but I think a longer day can  
>>> be very
>>> good if you structure it well.  This could fit into a longer day  
>>> plan as
>>> well.
>>> Thanks
>>> Robert
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Jim Brandt
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