Pocket PC Cruise Sponsor Information
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To see details about the cruise, visit the cruise's home page.
There would be three groups of sponsorship levels:
|Sponsor||Corporate sponsors||Full fare||
|Benefactor||Corporate sponsors||Full fare||
|Corporate||Corporate presenters||Full fare||
PresentationsThe intent is to have four to eight one-hour panels, presentations or demonstrations of new products. There would be one or two panels of invited guests, probably to talk about the joys of running a Pocket PC Web site and/or a Q&A session with MVPs. Other presentations would be determined by the corporate sponsors and presenters.
There will be at least one panel discussion of invited guests, but hopefully two. Corporate Sponsors will be given the first option to present or not in order of their confirmed sponsorships. Corporate Presenters will be given the second option to present or not in order of their confirmed reservations. Time slots for presentations will be assigned by choice according to the above precedence.
While I'll try to ensure everybody who wants to present will get a time to do so, if it turns out there are more presenters than available time, those confirming last not be able to present.
I would like to see any dealers offer at least a 10-25% discount to cruise participants. Software vendors would be expected to set up a computer where attendees could plug in their Pocket PCs and install software on the spot (there probably won't be Internet connectivity on the cruise, so downloading software won't be an option).
Vendors would be expected to keep their table staffed at all times while the dealer room was open. If a vendor is doing a presentation, this may mean that vendor will need to have two or more people on the cruise. However, those additional people would only have to pay the full participant fare; there would be no additional dealer fee (unless you want extra tables).
If there are more tables than vendors, the extra tables will be offered to people in the following order:
- Corporate Sponsors, in order of registration date
- Corporate Benefactors, in order of registration date
- Corporate Presenters, in order of registration date
DetailsThe current projection is that Corporate Sponsors would pay $2000-$6000 up front. If there's only one sponsor, that would be $6000; two sponsors would be $3000 each; three or more would be $2000 each.
Corporate Benefactors would pay the Corporate Presenter fee, and also give each attendee a free copy of one of their products (software or accessories only; I don't expect anybody to give away free Pocket PCs).
For software, Participants would be responsible for downloading the software before the cruise. Any registration keys would be given to the participant in the dealers room upon presentation of their registration information.
For accessories, the Benefactors would be required to bring enough product for each Participant. Those products would be distributed in the dealers room upon presentation of their registration information.
The number of free berths is limited by the number of attendees and guests. The invited Non-Corporate Presenters will get theirs first, followed by the Corporate Sponsors, then the Corporate Benefactors. I'm anticipating four to eight free berths for Sponsors and Benefactors.