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Proposal: Dash Conference 2017 (London)

Discussion in 'Pre + Budget Proposal Discussions' started by Ryan Taylor, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. Ryan Taylor

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    This proposal is cross-posted at www.dashcentral.org/p/conf-dash-201708

    This proposal will fund the first ever Dash-dedicated conference in London on September 24th.

    At a time when "ICO" is the buzzword of the day, Dash has experienced incredible growth and broken out of a ever-growing pack. The Dash community stands in contrast to the current market environment as a grassroots movement aiming to reinvent money to be empowering for people all across the globe. It is time to bring our community together to share ideas, inspire each other, educate each other, create new connections, and celebrate the vision we are pursuing. We propose to hold the first Dash Conference on September 24th at The Oval Space, London.

    Who will organize this event?

    Keynote has been organizing blockchain events since 2012 - including the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami, and the World Blockchain Forum. They have organized events in 7 countries for over 8,500 attendees, all focused on blockchain. The Keynote team has a network of connections with potential sponsors and speakers to help make Dash's event a success. Keynote will provide five full-time staff members through the date of the event.

    We are also proposing working with Keynote because they can help draw newcomers to Dash from the blockchain interested crowd attending another Keynote event on September 25th-26th at the same venue. I will explain more as well as the benefits of this below.

    What will the event be?

    The Dash Conference will be a one-day event. The venue rental is at The Oval Space, London. There will be a main hall for speeches, panel discussions, and demos for broad audience topics, and smaller breakout rooms for specialized content (e.g., technical discussions, working sessions, product demonstrations). We will offer the opportunity for business partners or other interested parties to host booths in an exhibitor area outside the main hall. The event will also be fully catered including breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch.

    We will also capture and own the content from our event. Audio visual services will be on site providing projectors, microphones, media walls, videographer, photographer, and LCD screens.

    Keynote will also provide full event branding, including a web ad campaign, a mailchimp campaign, and printing of banners, lanyards, cards, and brochures.

    Finally, there will be a separate conference networking event on the evening of the 24th, and will include attendees from both the Dash Conference and World Blockchain Forum. By straddling the two events, we hope to encourage further opportunities for co-mingling Dash attendees with others in the blockchain industry. We encourage the Dash community to use this opportunity to introduce Dash to a new audience... even those that missed the Dash event.

    In addition to the Dash conference itself, Dash will be named the Premiere sponsor of the World Blockchain Forum, and will be granted two speaking slots at this two-day event on Sept. 25th-26th, as well as a set of complementary tickets to attend that event (no less than 4 tickets).

    To encourage potential attendees to attend both events, Keynote and Dash plan to collaborate to offer discounts for purchasing tickets to both in a package. This will help infuse more Dash attendees in the World Blockchain Forum, and will encourage attendees currently outside the Dash community to attend our event.

    What services does this proposal fund?

    Keynote services include:
    - Staff costs for the development and execution of the conference, including staff on the day of the event for organization, manning of the reception desk, etc.
    - Venue rental for the main hall, exhibitor hall, and breakout rooms.
    - Marketing, design, and printing costs for all conference-related materials
    - Catering
    - Audio / visual equipment and staff
    - World Blockchain Forum sponsorship
    - Conference networking event, including venue rental and organization
    Total: 227,000 GBP (~$295,000 USD)

    Other costs:
    - Dash Core Team transportation and accommodation expenses for approximately 12 team members
    ~$30,000 USD
    - Dash Conference swag / giveaways for attendees
    ~$5,000 USD
    Total: $35,000 USD

    However, note that much of these funds will be recuperated through ticket and sponsorship sales. The exact amount will depend on discounts offered for dual-purchased tickets and strategically gifted booths or tickets to select business partners we want to encourage attending. Any conference revenue will be applied toward the next Dash Conference, or will be used for other conference-related expenses.

    Where can I find more information? What is the schedule / agenda?

    More information on the World Blockchain Forum can be found here: https://london.keynote.ae/

    As we only recently concluded a final agreement with Keynote, the exact agenda, speakers, topics, etc are not yet determined for the Dash Conference event. We will be working with Keynote starting next week to begin the planning process and will release information and details as we progress and confirm speakers. We will be reaching out to potential speakers over the coming weeks. We will also accept proposed topics / speeches / demos from Dash partners, well-known community members, etc as we plan the event. We will provide a central point of contact within the team for fielding these requests / suggestions.

    If you have any other questions, please direct them to @Ryan Taylor in this Dash Forum post to ensure I see your request.

    Requested funding is as follows for the August 4th budget cycle:
    • 1,696.48 Dash for sponsorship and expenses for Dash Conference and Premiere sponsorship of World Blockchain Forum ($330,000 USD @ $194.52 per Dash)
    • 5.00 Dash proposal reimbursement
    Total: 1,701.48 Dash

    Note: Should any funding remain, we will apply it toward future conference and travel expenses.

    Manually vote YES on this proposal:
    dash-cli gobject vote-many 096e8323bd1c7ca95320f42834bae3b8dbecb46dc5aa12baea4d7bac655551aa funding yes
    OR from the qt console:
    gobject vote-many 096e8323bd1c7ca95320f42834bae3b8dbecb46dc5aa12baea4d7bac655551aa funding yes

    Manually vote NO on this proposal:
    dash-cli gobject vote-many 096e8323bd1c7ca95320f42834bae3b8dbecb46dc5aa12baea4d7bac655551aa funding no
    OR from the qt console:
    gobject vote-many 096e8323bd1c7ca95320f42834bae3b8dbecb46dc5aa12baea4d7bac655551aa funding no
     
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  2. Ryan Taylor

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    On a personal note, I could not be more excited!
     
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    Looking forward to seeing the list of speakers and the topics of their speeches. Glad to see the project expanding more and more.
     
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    Myself and everyone from Keynote are excited to be a part of this project. Ideas, speaker suggestions, topics, please feel free to message myself here, or at [email protected].
     
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    i am quite excited about this project as well, i am based out of london, so feel free to let me know if i can participate in this in any capacity
     
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    I am happy, that Dash makes a first event in Europe, now that interesting proposals are coming out here.
    I wish I could get close, and I can chat with Daniel (Business Development) about some ideas that I have.
    If he goes to the event.
     
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    for this kind of DASH i need ot ask :
    Do MN owerners get a free Ticket ?
     
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    Holla!
    Been a small while since I was active on here, been getting heavily into the crypto-world in the meantime and am becoming obsessed despite my best efforts.
    Great news to hear that some of the dev core team will be visiting London in person, fantastic to put faces to names and generally see what's happening and build community links.
    I've been telling all and sundry about Dash and how they should get involved, been very profitable recently and hopefully in the near future with Evo release etc.
    Kudos to the organisers. I shall be voting YES.
     
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    The beauty about events like these are that they are community driven efforts. There really isn't a great replacement for face-to-face meetings, and the goal of events like these are to further strengthen the community.
    Hope to see you there!
     
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    This is great news, London will be a fantastic venue and it's 100% yes from me.. I can't wait to finally meet everyone. I'm based out of Liverpool so not too far on the train! It's going to be a superb event i'm sure, nice to hear it's being tied in with another related event also. That should help ensure a good crowd :)

    Walter
     
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    Did I miss how much the tickets were?
     
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    Sounds like a great opportunity!

    I see in the description that there will be some DASH swag made. If you are making some nice polos or other premium swag I'd consider buying some for myself. Please consider showing the designs to the rest of the community for order! Might improve your volume discount as well...
     
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    We are considering offering a discount to MN owners, but their may be technical barriers to getting that integrated into the ticket system. We need to evaluate whether that is possible.
     
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    Not yet determined. We would like to see inexpensive tickets, even if it means we lose money on the conference... this is a community building exercise, not a profit oriented one.

    We will kick off the first planning session next week with Keynote to begin the planning process. Ticket prices, discounts, etc. will be part of that process.
     
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    I'll be there.
     
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    DItto, really excited by this.
     
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    Really happy to hear all the support. Ticket information, speakers, all info will be shared soon. You guys will love what we've got in store.
     
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    Sounds like a great idea. I'm in
     
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    Really looking forward to this.

    For those who are flying into London on the day, the airport with the easiest onward journey to The Oval Space is Stansted.

    Gatwick and Heathrow are also about 1 hour 15 minutes away, just with a few more changes on rail and underground. If you get the train reduced Sunday services will be in effect on some lines so check crosscountrytrains.co.uk for timetables & tickets.
     
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    I'd other plans for the end of September but they can be put on hold for this, see y'all there :)
     
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    If you are traveling from somewhere in Europe - London City Airport would be the most ideal.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing you there! Any suggestions for topics and / or panels?

    Moe
     
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    A nice "vintage" video of Dash at our 2016 Miami Conference.

     
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    A few thoughts:
    Digital cash and the unbanked, anything from underbanked nations to markets/merchants that use only cash.
    Bigger blocks, how optimising blockchain capacity reflects on other scaling solutions.
    Distributed Autonomous Organisations. Hard to list any one aspect because the potential is huge and smart minds will be paying a lot of attention to them, probably a bigger buzzword than "blockchain" before too long.
     
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    Are the date and venue final? I mean, am I ok to book flights?
     
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    Flight already booked.....
     
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    We should get Max Keiser to cover this conference. It is right in his backyard (London).
     
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    I'm all booked now too!! :cool:
     
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    I think that Max Kaiser has now left London. I saw a video of him explaining that the regulatory threats coming from Ofcom made him feel unsafe.
     
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