One of my brilliant ideas for the 2008/2009 bid was to hold the main party at The o2, but when I spoke to the head of PR, while he seemed keen he told me to email somebody about it, and that person never replied. I can look up that email and person if necessary.
Been lurking here for a while, and I think I might be able to help out a little, partly because I live roughly an hour from Oxford.If vanilla internet access is likely to be an issue why not look at getting some of those wireless 3G modem sticks instead? Oxford has fairly extensive 3G coverage and so might be able to suport it. If it would be of benefit, I can ask the sponsorship team at the network I work for (O2) and see if they would be interested in lending support.GazimoffSent: Monday, July 14, 2008 5:51 PMSubject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Wikimania Oxford 2010I wasn't sure if this has been mentioned before. I couldn't see anything mentioned previously in the archives. What sort of access to wireless internet is there?
> Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:24:22 +0100
> From: email@example.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Wikimania Oxford 2010
> 2008/7/14 Tom Holden <email@example.com>:
> > I've just heard back from the booking officer at the town hall (an employee,
> > not a councillor) with a quote. Obviously if the Lord Mayor could help us
> > then these figures would be revised downwards.
> > First bit of news is that the weekend of the 7th of August is booked already
> > (as is the 3rd of July), so we'd probably want to have it at the very end of
> > July instead.
> > Second bit of news is that there's a 20% discount if we book all of the
> > public rooms, so on a 6 hour per day basis he's quoting £10569 (compared to
> > £2844 for just the main hall).
> I honestly don't know if that's a big number or a small number, does
> anyone have anything to compare it to? Either way, it's good to have a
> > The final, and perhaps most important thing to note is that, and I quote:
> > "If your organisation is a registered charity I may be able to offer up to
> > 50% discount on the standard fee." I will e-mail back to see if he'll accept
> > Wikimedia's not for profit status, but I very much doubt he will. Is this a
> > sufficient motivation to do everything conceivably possible to hurry our
> > application for charitable status? Or perhaps to just commit to creating a
> > new charity solely for the running of Wikimania 2010.
> They might accept foreign charities, it's certainly worth a try. If
> there is any reason in the world (the juries still out!) then creating
> a new charity just for the conference should be more work than
> finishing sorting out the one we already have in the pipeline.
> Hopefully we'll hear something from WM UK soon...
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