[Linux-aus] grr

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Fri Oct 18 21:39:27 EST 2013

So, let me summarise:

  * The poor should pay full price.

Am I missing something here?

On 18/10/2013, at 8:05 PM, Russell Coker <russell at coker.com.au> wrote:

> On Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:40:20 Stewart Smith wrote:
>> $400 is insanely cheap for a conference - the majority of other ones I
>> speak are quite decently over three times that (often closer 4
>> times). Absolutely none of these have discounted entry for hobbyists -
>> linux.conf.au is rather unique in this regard - trying to be as
>> inclusive as possible.
> http://www.linux-kongress.org/2010/fees.html
> Last time Linux Kongress ran it cost students E150 for 2 days of conference 
> and E200 for 2 days of tutorials.  The regular price was E450 and E600 
> respectively.
> http://www.xe.com/
> According to xe.com that translates to $500 for a student to attend for 4 days 
> and $1500 for full price to attend for 4 days.  So the LK prices for student 
> and regular entrance seem very comparable to the "professional" and fairy 
> penguin sponsor prices for LCA (especially given that LCA is a 5 day event).
> Are there any other conferences we can compare to?  I couldn't find a price for 
> OLS and I'm not aware of any other conferences that are worth comparing.
> In terms of the expense in providing a conference some of the features of LCA 
> drive higher prices.  One significant issue is the size of the conference and 
> the goal the every delegate attends the keynote lectures, that restricts the 
> choice to a small number of venues.
> http://etbe.coker.com.au/2010/04/19/micro-conference/
> Some years ago I investigated the possibility of having a micro-conference 
> immediately before or after LCA.  I ended up not going ahead with that, but 
> the prices give an idea of the market for that sort of thing.  It looked like 
> $NZ135 per delegate for a 2 day conference with one conference dinner.  Medium 
> size hotels are really cheap for this sort of thing as they have unused 
> capacity for catering AND they want to drive bookings of hotel rooms.
> Note that such a low cost conference venue takes up about half the hobbyist 
> price for LCA even when you are planning to spend money on nothing else (no 
> Internet access, no professional video recording, no subsidising travel for 
> speakers, etc).
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