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We intentionally keep meetup sponsorship very simple.

Sponsorship is done on a per-meetup basis. This gives you flexibility to sponsor individual meetups or continuously - the choice is yours.

What you get:

  • A highly visible thank you mention in the event emails for that meetup.
  • Your logo on the meetup's event page.
  • Your logo on the meetup website for 3 months.
  • Display of your company's logo on the screen before the meetup.
  • Shout out the sponsor in the opening introduction.
  • If you are hiring, an introduction in the job section.

What you can sponsor:
Your sponsorship can cover:

- A bar tar, with an amount and limits to be agreed upon with organisers (we recommend $250-500 for an evening meetup)
- Venue sponsorship for breakfast meetups.
- Recording and publishing videos of talks from the events.

Venue sponsorship
DevOps Sydney has made a conscious decision to hold our evening meetups outside of corporate spaces. Our reasoning is:

  • Holding meetups in a corporate space sets an implicit tone to conversations at the meetups. The physical event environment affects peoples inhibitions - people can feel uncomfortable talking about particular topics and problems openly. We want DevOps Sydney events to facilitate frank and open conversations about social and technical problems.
  • Some organisations have reservations about their employees attending events at their competitor's offices (fear of accidentally divulging sensitive information, poaching, etc). These fears aren't always justified, but they exist nonetheless.
  • Getting attendee access into the venue on the night often ends up being a logistical challenge, with someone from the sponsor required to chaperone people in and out of the venue.

This is why we have chosen a neutral ground for the evening meetups, that's more associated with social functions.

That said, there are some undeniable problems with having meetups in pubs:

  • Not everybody drinks alcohol. Pubs primarily exist to serve alcohol. There are well documented problems with alcohol consumption in the tech industry. While attendees at our meetups drink responsibly and we have had no incidents of harassment in the 5 years we have run the meetup, past success doesn't guarantee future success (especially as meetup attendance is open to anyone who walks off the street). Attending events where alcohol is being served has risks that minorities in the tech industry (women in particular) have to weigh up when deciding to attend. This sucks.
  • Pubs often don't have wheelchair access. This is a form of ableism that our current meetup venue unfortunately is guilty of. This sucks.
  • Pubs can be noisy, and space can be non-exclusive. There is a fair amount of pedestrian traffic to the side of our venue space that occasionally interferes with our talks. This sucks.

The current situation isn't optimal. To increase the accessibility of our events, we are looking at holding a breakfast meetup every second month. If you're interested in sponsoring this, please contact us.

Contact us

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Mick + Lindsay.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Code of Conduct November 25, 2013 5:02 PM Lindsay H.
Recruiters April 14, 2014 4:57 PM Lindsay H.
Sponsoring January 16, 2015 12:49 PM Lindsay H.
About DevOps Sydney September 11, 2018 10:08 PM Michael S.

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