[BangPypers] Improving meetup attendance
abraham.varricatt at googlemail.com
Mon Mar 20 15:12:18 EDT 2017
I think the previous poster might be missing a point about organization.
The need to charge money BEFORE attending the event is to give the
organizers a realistic count of how many people might be attending. There
is a difference between paying Rs100/- today to pay for an event I might
attend next week and paying Rs100/- when I arrive for the event.
If as an organizer I see the following,
200 people paid Rs100/- to attend next week's event
300 people promise to pay Rs100/- to attend next week's event
the former is MUCH more useful than the latter. Besides, the latter is the
exact problem we have right now - people promising to come, but not showing
The refundable idea is worth considering, but a likely logistics nightmare.
Assume that everyone is charged Rs100/- for the event. We need to do the
payment online - meetup.com or paypal or whoever is chosen as the payment
gateway will charge Rs10 as fees (amount randomly chosen). The organizers
might, in good faith, promise to return Rs90/- to everyone who comes.
What do they do about people who try to receive the Rs90/- twice? Or
thrice? You cannot deny that folks won't try to scam the organizers. Even
worse - what about repaying for people who did not come to this month's
event, but pay and come for next month's event? Do we pay them Rs180/- ?
I _like_ the refundable idea, but it is a logistics nightmare. And for a
non-profit event, not worth the trouble for our dear organizers, IMO.
Here's my suggestion:
Charge everyone Rs50/- or Rs100/- to attend per person. To ensure that this
remains a non-profit event, donate the proceeds to some Python-related
charity or education for computer science. I think it will be nice to
attend a Python event and either at the beginning or end of the event, to
hear the organizer say something like "We collected Rs850/- from everyone
for this event and it will be gifted to ABC charity supporting Python
education in India" (You can collect and store receipts to show anyone who
asks if you actually paid the money).
Or just use the money for snacks and stickers as someone suggested!
To those worried about profiteering,
Please consider that the organizers are only suggesting Rs100 per person
for the meetup. That is around the cost of a day pass to travel by bus in
Bengaluru. This is VERY cheap compared to something like a conference
ticket being held in a fancy hotel for more than Rs1000/-.
I'll support the idea to charge for participants, but you need to
accommodate people who do not have access to internet banking or credit
cards (took me a long time to convince HDFC to issue me a credit card, but
that's a personal matter) - like students or young developers. Give them
the option (at your discretion) to pay cash at the door. Perhaps allow
up-to 15 people to pay in cash on a first-come-first-serve basis?
(Python lover and one-time speaker at a Bangpy meetup)
On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 2:01 PM, Abhiram R <abhi.darkness at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm all for the gamification of the process.
> But here's my suggestion and it's totally up for vote.
> First of all, 100/- per head for attendance is fine. But it should be
> *on attendance.
> Secondly, for the amount that is available as part of the number of people
> not attending, this money can be split between speakers as say Amazon gift
> cards or something or the sort - no matter how small the amount. The point
> is not to make money, but something that provides motivation for the
> speaker as well.
> This way,
> Less attendance = monetary benefit (not really desired, but it's
> More attendance = Satisfaction at having reached so many people.
> Abhiram R
> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:24 PM, Nitin Kumar <nitin.nitp at gmail.com>
> > I would vote for paying 100rs and let that be used for snacks and goodies
> > for the speaker.
> > Nitin Kr
> > On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:44 PM, Anand Chitipothu <anandology at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 8:32 PM, kracekumar ramaraju <
> > > kracethekingmaker at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi
> > > >
> > > > As of today, there are 5394 members in BangPypers meetup . For
> > > > meetup (IoT Workshop), 267 participants showed interest. We allowed
> > > > RSVPs and waitlisted 133 attendees. As Nitin mentioned in previous
> > > thread,
> > > > he couldn't attend the meetup since he was in waitlist. 75 people
> > > > participated in the event. Turnout ratio was 56%. Our expectation was
> > > only
> > > > 40% people would attend. That's the rationale behind 134 RSVP limit.
> > > >
> > > > This kind of scenario happens at least once or twice in a year.
> > > >
> > > > To solve the RSVP problem, few meetups charge a monetary fee of 100Rs
> > 
> > > > and return the amount when participant shows up on the event
> > > > deducting gateway costs). Some meetup  donates the collected fee
> > > > organizations like EFF, FSF, Software Freedom Conservancy and other
> > > > non-profit organization. Some meetup uses the amount to distribute
> > > goodies
> > > > to the speaker, and spend on snacks and food. The meetup tried
> > charging a
> > > > small amount and now reverted .
> > > >
> > > > The collecting money has administrative work - Use one of the
> > > > bank accounts, record attended participants, return payment (not sure
> > > > payment gateways will be happy returning money for the majority of
> > > > transactions).
> > > >
> > > > Will you be interested in paying for the meetup with a refund?
> > > > I'd like to hear input from others regarding in this matter from all
> > > front.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Having a small barrier of entry is good to eliminate noise. To make
> > things
> > > easy to manage, you can probably take help of PSSI in managing
> > > Also using bank account of one of the organizers may create
> > accounting/tax
> > > issues for him.
> > >
> > > Good to see 75 people attending the meetup and waiting list. Good work,
> > > organizers!
> > >
> > > Anand
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