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  1. Caspar Hübinger

    Thanks for write-up, Remkus! Reading the Twitter hashtag during the days of the event was truly amazing, and the personal reports I’ve heard so far second your thoughts expressed here.

    One thing I’m wondering about is the role of sponsors at this type of event. I suppose the “retreat” format with full board and lodging increased cost per capita a lot, so sponsors (as with all WordCamps) certainly played a key role in financing the event.

    Do you have any thoughts on how sponsors were represented at the event?
    Were there other opportunities for sponsors to engage with attendees than a regular booth? If so, do you think sponsors chose to leverage those opportunities?
    Was there anything that made the event format uniquely attractive or unattractive for sponsors from your point of view?

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    • Daniel Pardella

      Hej Caspar, from my point of view the sponsors did not only get involved at their stands. Since everyone was on the same premises, it was easier to cross the road and talk a little bit. Many have taken advantage of this.

      In addition, the sponsors have not taken over the lodging. Every guest had to do it himself. But also here an unbeatable price was offered. But you are right, because of the new way the retreat also costs about twice as much as a normal WordCamp.

      You definitely missed something!

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    • Remkus

      Do you have any thoughts on how sponsors were represented at the event?

      Not sure you’re asking specifically about the location of the sponsor booth or integration of sponsored content (there was none). But, at this particular venue, the main area for the sponsors was right in front of one of the track rooms and as far as I could see that worked good.

      Were there other opportunities for sponsors to engage with attendees than a regular booth? If so, do you think sponsors chose to leverage those opportunities?

      Yes, the relaxing atmosphere facilitated striking up conversations with (potential) clients easier. From both ends. And yes, they did.

      Was there anything that made the event format uniquely attractive or unattractive for sponsors from your point of view?

      I would repeat the answer above.

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  2. Daniel Pardella

    A great report, Remkus. Thank you.

    The hotel was really great and the whole organization worked great. The sponsors were also not only at their stands and were able to get involved in many discussions.

    I really like this kind of WordCamp.

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  3. Leefke from RAIDBOXES

    Thank you for your great recap, Remkus!
    I can only add the awesome Karaoke-fun that you guys brought to the event! And thanks for creating our new Ghostbusters jingle, which is still stuck in our heads, by the way! ;-) “Who you’re gonna call? …”

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  4. Paul

    +1 for football not hand egg

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  5. Detlef Heese

    It was very touching for me as an organization member that all participants enjoyed it. Seeing the idea in real life and having a grin on everyone’s face. even though I’m not a dad … it felt like we were a Bady born to the WordPress community. Somewhat after all, it seems everyone has been waiting.

    I am glad that all get the felling.

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  6. Michael McGlynn

    Sounds fantastic, I hope there will be something like this in the US.

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