If you represent a company (or even an individual) interested in sponsoring C++ on Sea, welcome! This page sets out the options available.

Please note that all prices given on this page are net of UK VAT at 20%.

Background

C++ on Sea is a new conference, now planning its second year.

In our first year we had 250 in attendance in total. A small conference, but a strong start. The previous event took place over two days (plus the workshops day), but this one will grow to three days (plus workshops, again). We are grateful to the four gold sponsors and three bronze (see see archived sponsors page) who took a chance on a brand new conference.

We didn't collect complete location statistics from attendees, but from a subset of order data (about 30%) we have extrapolated that about half the attendees come from the U.K., with almost all the rest coming from mainland Europe. The two biggest European sources were Germany and The Netherlands.

Our speaker selection was very strong, with a high number of well known, well respected, names. At time of writing the 2020 Call for Speakers has closed, but speaker selection has not yet completed. We had 108 proposals - which is up even more over last year - and is, once again, looking very strong.

We expect to grow slightly for the second edition - although, due to flow constraints at the venue - we'll be capping attendance at around 300 (and will review for the next year).

Types and Levels

We offer a few types of sponsorship: a traditional tiered set of packages: "Platinum", "Gold", "Silver" and "Bronze" - as well as what we call "Special" sponsorships - which are for a particular service or event, like coffee, or dinner and which tend to scale with the number of attendees.

We also have a couple of sponsorship opportunities at no cost: "Supportive" (travel and team) sponsorships as well as "Community", for meetups, blogs, podcasts, etc.

Tiers

Bronze

£850 + VAT

  • Your name (company name, product name, individual name) in the programme, marketing materials, on the website (as a logo) and thanked in the opening sessions before the keynotes.
  • Then either:
    • One poster or roll-up may be provided and will be positioned somewhere within the conference spaces, or -
    • A marketing leaflet (up to A4) may be provided for insertion into the conference bag.

Silver

£2000 + VAT

As Bronze +

  • Space on the exhibition floor for a booth and/ or promotional displays such as roll-ups or posters.
  • May provide a banner to be hung in the theatre (keynote and track 1 auditorium).
  • One conference ticket for a member of staff.
  • Logo placed more prominently on the website.
  • Announcement, with short company bio, featured in news feed of website.
  • May have an additional poster or roll-up elsewhere and a leaflet in the conference bag.

Gold

£3500 + VAT

As Silver +

  • Space in the entrance hall for promotional displays such as roll-ups or posters or a banner
  • Two additional conference tickets (for a total of three).
  • The logo will receive the most prominent placement on the website (but below Platinum, if any)
  • Mentioned in announcement emails.
  • Promotional tweets from the conference account (before, during and after the conference).

Platinum

£5000 + VAT

As Gold +

  • Special thanks
  • Most prominent placement on website and on all printed materials
  • An extra conference ticket (total of four).
  • A special message (up to a minute) to be read during opening announcements (subject to review) - or equivalent stage time during the opening announcements for your spokesperson.

The conference tickets included with Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers act just like regular paid attendee tickets and can be used for both conference days (but not the workshops). Whether you use them for booth staff, for employee training, or to give away, is up to you. You may also buy regular conference tickets and use them for extra booth staff, if you choose.

Supportive Sponsorships

There are also ways to get sponsorship benefits without paying directly:

  • Cover travel and accommodation expenses for an employee who is also a speaker, or -
  • Sending three or more employees from the same company

We will mention and thank you in the opening sessions and (if arranged in time) your logo in the "Bronze" section of the website and printed materials.

Please be sure to contact us to make arrangements if you wish to take advantage of these options.

Special Sponsorship Options

An effective way to associate good feelings with a brand, while also investing in ratio to the size of the target audience, is to take advantage of one of our special options. An initial list is here but this is not fixed. If you have any other ideas we'd be happy to discuss them. In all cases, in addition to the inline branding opportunities, sponsors will receive a thanks during the intros and any mention of the services being sponsored will include the sponsor's name, and their logo will be included in at least the "Bronze" section of the website,

  • Coffee/ refreshments. Served during the breaks, this amounts to £5/ person/ day. You would have a sign next on the refreshments table with your branding, thank you for providing coffee and refreshments for everyone.

  • Dinner. An evening meal is planned for the monday evening - but currently this is at the attendees expense. Covering this would amount to £32.50pp. You would be thanked during the opening sessions, and during the dinner, and given an opportunity to tastefully distribute your brand - at least with a sign on each table - and on tickets (if given in time) - further ideas can be discussed.

  • Video. Your branding added alongside the published videos and a brief intro clip. We're getting quotes for this now. Contact us for more details if you're interested.

Community Sponsorship

The community works best when it works together. Swapping logos and links is an effective way to cross-promote events, services and resources within the community. Typical examples are: blogs, meet-ups, podcasts and other conferences. No money changes hands,

Logos will be featured on the website - on the sponsors page and also further down the front page and on the schedule page but randomised on load (not all community sponsors will be on every page view).

Let's talk

To discuss any of these options, or if you have other ideas you'd like to talk over, please contact us.