[Linux-aus] Should Linux Australia change its name

Peter Lieverdink peter at cc.com.au
Thu Apr 26 12:50:42 EST 2012

----- Original Message -----
> On Thu, 2012-04-26 at 09:28 +1000, Chris Neugebauer wrote:
> Only if it didn't directly affect our ability to sign up sponsors, and
> restrict the delegate pool that would otherwise be interested in the
> conference.
> And even if it *were* fair to say that, as an organiser, I'd much
> rather have the time to chase more sponsors so that we can put on a
> better conference. The time spent explaining the role of LA to one
> large, potential sponsor could have been used tracking down further
> keynote speakers.
> Our time is limited. If an *avoidable* task has been created, it
> directly affects our ability to serve the Python programming community
> through running PyCon Australia.
>> So, you think that sponsors are NOT going to expect you explain who
>> <insert some open source generalised name> organisation is?

It's not about the sponsors who contact you and ask why the website says "Linux".

It's about the potential sponsors that see "Linux" on the website and the prospectus and decide to not bother contacting you at all.

The fact that there are organisations contacting you about the word "Linux" being present to me implies you're missing out on others who didn't bother to contact you at all. And that means conference delegates missing out and the community missing out.

A sponsor isn't just about getting money for your event, a sponsor is an employer who might send delegates and can have people submit presentations. Sponsors have clients, so they're also an entry-point into a network to further promote your event.

- P.

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