[Foundation-l] A question for the Wikimania jury

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 03:01:08 UTC 2008

I'd suggest asking Mike Halterman the details on that.

Considering that the cost for a conference of that size is in the 6  
figure range, raising that kind of money is going to simply be beyond  
most organizers without serious backing; and I do not believe the  
foundation can provide or will provide that kind of backing.

On Mar 31, 2008, at 10:45 PM, Delirium wrote:

> Robert Rohde wrote:
>> Jason, you seem to be under a misconception.  Wikimanias are  
>> primarily
>> organized by teams of local volunteers and primarily funded by a  
>> combination
>> of attendee fees and corporate donors, so they take in about as  
>> much money
>> as they spend.  Yes, the Foundation does have a role in planning,
>> organization, and financing, but in many ways not the dominant role.
> An important role, though, is blessing it as the official worldwide
> Wikimedia conference. This is what attracts most of the corporate
> donors, and without that status, it's very difficult to get any  
> funding,
> so therefore hard to put on a significant conference without
> prohibitively high attendee fees.
> The Atlanta bid team attempted to turn their Wikimania bid into a
> Wikimedia Conference of the Americas, but as far as I can tell they
> weren't able to keep the sponsors on board once it was no longer the
> international event, and it basically fell through.
> -Mark
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