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[liberationtech] Contact Summit

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 11:39:21 PDT 2011


This sounds like a conference I would very much like to attend given that it relates directly to my work, but while I'm not a student or a starving artist, I'm employed modestly by a nonprofit organization that doesn't cover conference travel and fees and hence $250 entrance on top of travel/lodging costs is quite prohibitive. 

I imagine there are lots of people on this list in a similar position.

If things become more affordable for everybody in the not-for-profit space please do let the list know.

Best,
Rebecca


Rebecca MacKinnon
Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Co-founder, GlobalVoicesOnline.org
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On Mar 16, 2011, at 11:42 AM, Venessa Miemis wrote:

> hi liberationtech!
> 
> thanks adam for letting people know about the Contact Summit.
> 
> ivan, i was brought on to help organize the event, and have been pushing for options to make it affordable for everyone.
> 
> on one hand, we're encouraging "Corporate Patronage", where instead of just giving money to have a banner put up or some other nonsensical marketing ploy, organizations can directly fund the people and projects coming to the event, either by supporting an individual by paying their travel/accommodations/ticket, or by contributing cash to their initiatives. more about that here: http://contactcon.com/become-a-sponsor
> 
> (in my ideal world, a sponsor will come in and cover the cost of the event so admittance is free. in the meantime, doing what we can.)
> 
> on the other hand, we are also offering a scholarship/student/starving artist rate of $95 - and thank you for pointing it out.... that info is not highly visible. going to get that fixed now. we just launched the site this morning, so there are a few tweaks / broken links that still need to be resolved.
> 
> thanks again for the mention, and hope some of you may be able to attend.
> 
> oh also, fyi, we started a google group to discuss / collaborate on 'Next Net' initiatives, from ad-hoc mesh nets to alternative infrastructures. i've been cross-posting some stuff from here to there, but in case anyone wants to drop by there, the link is:
> 
> http://groups.google.com/group/building-a-distributed-decentralized-internet
> 
> cheers!
> 
> venessa
> 
> @venessamiemis
> www.emergentbydesign.com
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