[Inpycon] Fwd: Sponsorships from IITB

Anand Chitipothu anandology at gmail.com
Fri Jun 18 03:55:38 CEST 2010

2010/6/18 Noufal Ibrahim <noufal at gmail.com>:
> Well, what do you guys feel?

I felt very happy after looking at the email. My comments inline.

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Prabhu Ramachandran <prabhu at aero.iitb.ac.in>
> Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 12:51 AM
> Subject: Re: Sponsorships from IITB
> To: Noufal Ibrahim <noufal at gmail.com>
> Cc: pasokan at gmail.com
> Hi Noufal,
> I apologize for the delay.  I discussed this with Asokan.
> I'll first give you some background so you get where we are coming
> from. We are funded by MHRD so it is appropriate to publicize their
> involvement. To restate, I believe that treating us on par with a
> commercial organization is not appropriate.
> __For us visibility and publicity definitely matter__.
> So here is what we feel would be appropriate:
> 0. Special care should be taken by organizers to ensure quality of talks.

I think we'll do that this time.

> 1. "FOSSEE funded by MHRD" must be visibly present in various places.

Combined logo of FOSSEE + MHRD together? Or put both logos?

> 2. We will fund/sponsor PyCon to the tune of Rs.1 lakh to be used as
> decided by the organizers.

Wow! Govt. of India is the Gold sponsor.

> 3. We will conduct a "python for scientific computing" tutorial. Think
> of it as a parallel track for tutorials. It will be targeted at
> faculty members of educational institutions offering engineering,
> science, and computer applications, only.

It is always nice to have more content.

> 4. We will conduct a lightning talk on our SEES (Software Engineering
> for Engineers and Scientists) course.

This is fine too.

> For item 3, we will pay for 2nd sleeper train fare for the faculty
> (who pass a test at the end of the tutorial) along with some allowance
> for their stay at PyCon.  This will  be limited to about 100 faculty.
> (This funding will be independent of the Rs.1 lakh given to PyCon.)
> We are sure this will benefit PyCon quite a bit.

Yes, we can also use their network to put posters in many colleges.
That might get us more student participants.


>>>  4. Put up a fossee logo on the t-shirt and also some banners and allow us
>>> to setup a small stall.
>> The main banner will have the sponsor name as will the site. It'll
>> also be there on the brochures/handouts we provide and on the other
>> promotional materials. A stall can be provided. The T-shirt will not
>> have any logos except "PyCon India 2010". We're not giving that to any
>> sponsor.
> OK. I understand you want to keep the t-shirt free of any sponsoring
> agency but to treat us on par with any company is inappropriate.  We
> are out and out trying to increase Python adoption with no hidden
> agenda. So please let me know of your concerns but do not treat us
> like some random company out there.

I don't really agree here. PyCon shouldn't look like a FOSSEE event.
They can distribute a new t-shirt if they wish.


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