[Yapc-na-organizers] YAPC Auctions
cbrandt at buffalo.edu
Fri Apr 17 04:34:52 PDT 2009
Daniel J. Wright wrote:
> I'm seeking historical information about YAPC auctions. Most
> importantly: Who runs them, and where does the money go?
> The issue: We'd rather not have to deal with doing an auction this year.
> There are a few reasons:
> 1. They take up a lot of time and it appears that few attendees seem to
> enjoy sitting the entire way through.
I think the key observation here is "the entire way through." I think
most people find them fun, but they can drag on longer than necessary.
Keeping it fun and shorter would be ideal.
> 2. Getting cash sponsorship for YAPC is more difficult in our present
> economic situation. The option of an in-kind donation for the auction is
> a very attractive alternative to prospective sponsors, which we don't
The only danger here is that the other option is to not donate at all.
Given the economy, I'm thinking taking in-kind donations might be a more
attractive option and a creative way to make up for companies who just
don't have the cash this year.
> 3. Somebody has to take the time to organize the auction.
True, but it has been a regular part of YAPC and it's part of the job of
organizing and running a YAPC.
> So, ideally, we'd like to either do away with the auction, or make some
> major changes to it. But before making any decisions, we'd like to gain
> a little better understanding of what we are dealing with.
It may be ideal for the organizers from a planning perspective, but as
has been mentioned, the auction has generated fairly significant cash to
help support YAPC in past years. In a way, it subsidizes the cost of
YAPC by having people who have the cash bid on things. If you were going
to consider not holding the auction, you would need a really clear
financial plan that indicates where the extra cash would come from.
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