Fri, 29 Apr 2005

GUADEC registration fee [10:07]

First let me say that I don't think anyone is entirely happy with the registration fee situation. Obviously the fact that payment is only by paypal is far from ideal. I'm not completely in agreement with where the registration levels were set. The website is confusing. But it's not an attempt to rip people off or discourage people from coming.

Let me explain the levels in a little more detail: there are three levels:

We're not going to investigate who registers as a hobbyist. We want all members of the GNOME community at GUADEC, so if paying the the professional fee poses a problem for you in any way (moral, financial, typographic), please register as a hobbyist.

So, why charge registration fees at all? The basic reason is that plane tickets are expensive. While our sponsors largely cover costs like the the venue, if we take in more money, we can bring in more GNOME hackers from around the world. I think it's very reasonable to ask people for who are coming to GUADEC as part of their job to help bring to GUADEC those GNOME contributors that don't have a company to sponsor them.