1. Makis

    Both Sponsorship and attendance costs(flights, accommodation, transport) were higher than usual even for people in living in the EU.

    If you add the recent terrorist attacks in city of Paris and other nearby countries you’ll get a better idea of the reasons attendance and participation was so low.

    I was willing to both Sponsor and attend(me and my family) this year WCEU but all this made it impossible for me.

    All in all this years WCEU in terms of cost for us seemed like an event not related with WP and its community, was way too expensive.


  2. Amir Helzer

    As a sponsor, I actually care very much about the number of people coming, the mix of people in the audience and the purpose they’re coming to the event.

    I think that the fact that WCEU organizers are not very concerned with who comes is a partial explanation to the fact that some sponsorship packages were left.

    Last year, we sent a big team to Vienna. Sending such a big team to Paris just costs too much, compared to the value we can expect to get from it.

    Sorry, but some of us (sponsors and attendees) are running on a budget and need to decide how we best spend it.


  3. Mario Peshev

    Sponsorship fees for WordCamp US and WordCamp Europe don’t let small businesses or even mid-sized businesses who don’t live exclusively in the WordPress space to participate proactively.

    Unless I’m missing something, the smallest package this years for WCEU was the newly introduced “Small Business Sponsors” – https://2017.europe.wordcamp.org/2017/03/23/wordcamp-europe-2017-sponsorship-exclusively-for-small-business/ – selling for 2500 EUR (or $2,839 currently).

    A slight comparison with three major WordCamps in the US and UK (again – expensive areas, high standard, large audience overall):

    1. WordCamp Boston 2017 – https://2017.boston.wordcamp.org/sponsors/call-for-sponsors/ – smallest business package $500 for 500-650 expected attendees
    2. WordCamp Miami 2017 – https://2017.miami.wordcamp.org/become-a-sponsor/ – starts at $325 for an Agency, over 850 people attended last year
    3. WordCamp London 2017 – https://2017.london.wordcamp.org/sponsorship/ – starts at £550 ($711)

    Granted, there are different perks included for each plan. The audience of WCEU is still larger than the other events. But the bottom line is that the entry fee for WordPress businesses is still hard to grasp for most businesses active in WordPress but still failing to generate mid-six, seven, let alone eight figures from WordPress services and products.

    Talking about inclusivity and diversity for attendees and speakers, discussing sponsors is worth keeping into account as well. We’ve already had a detailed and honest review of sponsorship value by Tony Perez here on the Tavern – https://wptavern.com/the-value-of-sponsoring-a-wordcamp-from-a-business-perspective


  4. Miroslav Glavic

    So nobody thought that Paris France is an expensive City?


  5. Louis Reingold

    $200 per person for food?

    700,000 euros = $800,000 US dollars, 50% of that is $400,000, divided by 2000 attendees = $200 per person.



    • Rarst

      Do consider that this isn’t as much “what the food costs”, but the cost of “food and staff serving it”. Aside from lunches there were all–day tea/coffee/snacks tables served and staffed . This adds up very fast and is often a large/mandatory component in venue services.


  6. Kirsten

    I wonder why the organizers don’t ASK those people who didn’t show up. I think the picture would become much clearer.

    For me the main reason not to go was the size of the event. I bought a ticket rather early but after giving it some thought I decided that don’t feel comfortable among a crowd of thousands.
    As a self employed freelancer who doesn’t get a refund from her boss costs are an issue, too. I have to choose carefully where I spend my travel money – I think I will go for the smaller camps in the future. There are plenty on very lovely spots ?


  7. Dave

    I think it will be good and handy to have a RSVP switch to counter no-shows; just like on meetup.com. It wouldn’t change the cost, but things can be arranged for food waste since just 800m from the venue hundreds of refugees were sleeping under the bridges. I really do hope they did something positive with the leftovers.


  8. David Braun

    Although, the venue itself was good. The area was really criminal and dirty. I walked there in the daytime and was really shocked. Eventually, the plane tickets and hotels and other expenses can easily make it the most expensive trip for a regular WordPress-guy without any guess on ROI.

    This is what I’ve heard from too many people including sponsors. In addition, many people did not understand why WP Foundation does not allow sponsors like Envato and Templatemonster (because they do not support GPL as much, as WP wants), but you can see Mojo Marketplace as sponsors doing basically the same in terms of GPL/non-GPL product policy…


    • M

      Maybe because the GPL is not a policy but a license. And instead of going to court, the WP Foundation has chosen to use softer methods, for now…


  9. Frode Håkonsen

    I sold my ticket due to my fear of some terrorist attack. There, I have said it.


  10. MikeDemo

    I agree the conference should oversell and that no-show rate is well within normal ranges for larger scale industry events. As far as costs go, I found WCEU the value as a sponsor one of the best we have invested in.


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