KDE at Qt Developer Days

***UPDATE 2013-08-27: KDE e.V. has now approved travel and accommodation sponsorship for a limited number of ticket applicants. If this would enable you to attend, please email me requesting a ticket, quoting your expected travel expenses and indicating if your attendance is dependent on the travel sponsorship. I want to submit the list of applicants for approval next Monday, 2nd September so please contact me before then.***

Qt Developer Days Europe 2013 is coming on October 7-9 and once again this year this KDE e.V. is partnering with Digia, KDAB and ICS to help organise and run the event. In particular, KDE will be organising the Qt Contributors Day on October 7, and will be running a KDE booth to promote the KDE community and our software offerings.

A major focus for the Qt Contributors Day is the ongoing contributions by the KDE community in Qt and preparation for KDE Frameworks 5. However any major topic related to Qt development is welcome to be discussed, whether code or community or governance related, especially where contributions can be sought from the KDE community. If you're attending Qt Dev Days and want to attend the Qt Contributors Day, then please register your interest on the wiki page. If you would like to volunteer some time on the KDE booth while there, then please email me, or see me when you get there.

One benefit of KDE e.V. being an official partner of Qt Dev Days is that KDE e.V. is able to offer a very limited number of sponsored tickets to Qt Contributors Day and Qt Dev Days (excluding the Training Day) for active KDE contributors. These tickets are obviously very valuable and we would like to see them used to gain the maximum benefit to the KDE community. We intend to allocate the tickets evenly between key developers who need to attend the Qt Contributors Day, regular developers wanting to stretch their skills, and promising new contributors who want to dig deeper into Qt.

In return, all recipients of the sponsored tickets will be required to assist in the running of Qt Dev Days. These admin tasks are not very onerous and will leave plenty of time to attend the sessions: they are mostly running the registration desk at the start of the day and the KDE booth at various times during the day. All tasks will be rostered in advance with some flexibility to swap slots if needed, but all ticket recipients will be expected to do their fair share of the work, and to properly represent KDE while doing so. Unfortunately the KDE e.V. is unable to offer travel or accommodation sponsorship at this time.

If you want to apply for one of the sponsored tickets, then please email me at jlayt@kde.org with a description of why you want to attend and how you think KDE will benefit from your attendance.

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Sponsored Tickets?

If you have to work for the tickets, whats the sponsoring then?
"...  but all ticket recipients will be expected to do their fair share of the work ..." Thats ridiculous, if you are a key-developer,
don't you think they already did their share of work? This reads like a threat ... Especially considering the developers which
don't get the attendance sponsored by a company are propably working in their *free* time for KDE, i.e. volunteers. Which means
they already spent time on representing KDE and will probably also do so on the conference, so IMHO no need to state this so bold / as a threat.

(I think) I get your intention, but to me your post reads like this:

Poor KDE (*Key*-) developers need to work their ass off, in order to attend to a conference.Poor KDE (*Key*-) developers need to work their ass off, in order to attend to a conference.

Sorry, but this is honestly what I thought when reading your post.

I would suggest to rephrase this (at least for later blog posts) and to cut the quoted text above and the details on the work
(this canbe discussed by PM better anyways).

Also unfortunately you don't name any numbers, so it is not clear at all what the ticket is worth (especially since you have to work for it).

PS:
Your comment box is a real *PITA* (sorry).

The tickets are worth €550

The tickets are worth €550 for the 2 conference days, plus about €75 for the Qt Contributors Day, and have been provided to KDE e.V. in return for assistance with the organisation of the conference.  I wanted to make it very clear up front that there were strings attached to these tickets, that they were not "free", so people would not have illusions about what they are signing up for.  It's a quid-pro-quo: KDE devs get to attend a major and otherwise unaffordable conference in return for a couple of hours work a day.

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