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Help needed – Money?, money, money!

Hi everyone,

I need your help on this….

So far our Data Science Day was a FREE community event in Berlin supported by fantastic sponsors! For DSDay 1 and 2 this worked out great! Those who registered came to our event, those you couldn´t attend sent me an email and gave others the chance to join…

That´s how it should be!

But….This did not work out at our 3. event in December 12, our 3. DSDay on “Data Journalism”! The event was fully booked after a couple of days – I was really in “panic mode” that our rooms might not fit (as I didn´t get that many cancellations as I did for the other 2 events) – and then….only 60% of you came… :-(

And – far worse – 10+ people on the waiting list couldn´t attend our event this time although they “really” were interested!!! Not good!!! :-(

So, honestly I am thinking about charging for the event so that a “no show” hurts a little bit….what do you think?
DSDay is a great event, again we´ll have fantastic speakers here in April, it´s definitely worth a little bit of money!!

At the moment I think about…
giving away the first 25 tickets “first come, first serve” for FREE and charge the other tickets with 35 €.
A fair amount of money for a full-day community event, at least in my opinion. What do you think? I don´t want DSDay to be expensive, to be one of the conferences you pay a lot of money for! DSDay is a Big Data event for everyone! DSDay is for our Big Data community!

Pls. give me some feedback in the comments section.

Thx. everyone,


8 comments on “Help needed – Money?, money, money!

  1. Daniel Koller (@dakoller)
    March 11, 2013

    Paying money for this event is ok (as it is definitely worth it), but you should remove the ‘first-come-first-serve’-Thing, as the no-show rate is (likely) not connected with the fact that somebody got their ticket for free. …if you then have e.g. ~ 30 € per participant, that’s a good solution.

  2. Nils
    March 11, 2013

    I would charge everyone at least 25€.

    Another option would be an early bird (25€) for the first 25 slots to sign-up, and everyone else has to pay more. If there are students who would like to attend we could offer them a discount or free ticket. A Supporter Ticket would be cool to cover some cost (like Lunch or the beer)

    – Early Bird (25 Tickets a 25€)
    – Regular Ticket (50€)
    – DSD Supporter Ticket (100€)
    – Student (free, but has to provide some proof)

  3. Mario
    March 11, 2013

    Why not a ‘first come, first serve’ approach on the day of the event, without any prior registration?

    • Daniel Koller (@dakoller)
      March 11, 2013

      …because you wouldn’t able to plan on whether you can or cannot attend the event. (especially bad in case you have to travel to Berlin for this event)

      • Mario
        March 11, 2013

        Ok. Keep forgetting, that there are people not living here. ;)

  4. Carolin
    March 11, 2013

    I think I would charge 25 Euros for the first batch of tickets and then 35 Euros for the second batch. I do think this event should be as inexpensive as possible.

    Keep doing the good work, Klaas!

  5. klabol
    March 12, 2013

    Hi everyone,

    thanks for the feedback and ideas. I´d also say that to let people in “first come, first serve” wouldn´t work. What are the other 100.000 doing? ;-) Actually like the idea of the DSDay Supporter Ticket and (of course) that students come in for free. Really have to think about it….

  6. klabol
    March 14, 2013

    Hi –

    what about donating the entry fees as we are backed by sponsors anyway? Just wanna find a way with the “no shows”…..

    Good idea?

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