Passing the basket for Bar Camp Austin

Bar Camp Austin Poster (Take IV)
So we’re about a week away from Bar Camp Austin and we’ve got a rediculous event in store for folks descending on Austin for SXSW. My buddy William Hurley (of the penguins) has been running amok, making plans and crackin’ deals and schemin’ like a madman. And he’s all but good on getting everything set up but he’s run into a bit of a snag: self-financing a whole Bar Camp is a bit… difficult.

(Oh — and we could also use some help getting some major bandwidth piped into the venue.)

So what are we talkin’ here?

Well, as with most of the camps, we’re trying to keep things extremely low cost. And obviously free for attendees.

But whurley’s out about $1800 for printing posters and badges, t-shirts, promoting and renting shuttles and would like lurve any kind of pecuniary support folks are willing to contribute. Any amount will do; and we like to keep donations to $250 or less, unless you’re sponsoring a round of drinks, a meal or some kind of service.

So how can you help? Well, simple:

  • Donate. Even 5 bucks helps. And I’ll be listing all the donations we receive once the event is over (transparency in accounting, absolutely!).
  • Join the mailing list and offer to pitch in — I’m sure whurley’s got ideas.
  • Help us secure some sweet wifi action for the venue. We’ve got connectivity — we just want to make sure it’s up to snuff!
  • Did I mention that you can donate? 😉

Ok, I’m available to answer any questions or concerns you might have — but I’m totally psyched about all the work that’s gone into making this event happen and know that y’all’ll toss in some coin to help out!

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

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