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Offline clockwork

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Hello to all members of the BTS community,

This thread is to discuss our potential appearance at this year's Decentralized conference (https://www.decentralized.com/).

For those of you that may not know, we took part last year as well via worker. More details here: https://bitsharestalk.org/index.php?topic=27272.0

Decentralized is probably Europe's premier blockchain & crypto conference. Thousands of attendees and a great number of well- and lesser-known speakers and panelists.

For more information, I suggest you dive into their website to see last year's speakers and agenda as well as this year's one (still in the making).

The main reason I'm launching this thread instead of creating a new worker straight away is because I am unsure at the level of sponsorship the BTS community would like us to attain this year.

Last year, we went with a slightly re-negotiated "Platinum" sponsorship package that cost 15k Euros (~17.5k USD). The entire worker expenses came to a total of 26.7k USD.

This year, the sponsorship options are slightly different.

I can negotiate a package similar to last year's one but I have also discussed (and been given the green light by the organizers after their checks) the potential of BitShares becoming an event partner. So Decentralized 2019 by University of Nicosia and BitShares. That means full branding, mention and logos everywhere as well as within their own media/social media campaign (which was quite extensive last year).

We also get a Plenary Speaker, session speakers, organizing a sponsor-named panel of our choosing, the main and only double-booth at the booths section, adverts in the brochure, gift bag inclusion, a sponsor-named meeting room, video screen-savers as well as production of a sponsor-dedicated event video after the event + loads of other little promo goodies such as 50% off ticket price for people referred by us.

Overall, I think this is a great opportunity to make some media noise for BitShares in a very well known and established conference and really legitimize the BitShares brand. It would also help "kickstart" some proper BitShares marketing and serve as a good entry point and launch platform for anyone wanting to launch a bigger marketing worker.

The problem is that the cost of partnering is 100k Euros and includes passes and registrations for 25 people.

a) The cost is high (although imho the quality of the conference, the people involved, the press and media attention to be received  as well as the extent of BitShares branding and promotion is worth it)

b) I can't think of 25 people to include without including BitShares-based businesses/gateways etc.

To that extent I had a thought (already discussed with the organizers) of "theming" our presence and sponsorship there as "BitShares and Businesses" where part of our presence would be "core" BitShares but also invite 4-5 BitShares based businesses which would get speaker slots, space and branding in the double booth, space in our conference advert, mention in our promo video and 4-5 free registrations for a 5k-10k USD fee. Flights and accommodation for them would be paid by the worker

This would help collect the required funds fast for partnering while minimising the worker budget "hit".

So let this thread serve as an invitation to all BitShares based businesses to give their thoughts or express their interest in such an endeavor.

For all other BTS holders and proxies, the main question is what do you prefer from the options below:

a) Similar sponsorship level as last year (worker budget ~30k USD spread over several months)

b) Higher sponsorship level but not event partners (worker budget ~50k USD spead over several months)

c) Event partners with additional funding from BitShares-based businesses (40k USD) with worker budget 160k USD (over a month or so, so we can "seal" the deal and start benefitting from their media presence ASAP)

d) Event partners outright (worker budget 200k USD over a month or so.

Thanks for your input everyone. Will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Great to see Alex.

I know the cost is high but I like the idea of us partnering as BitShares. I agree that bringing in some of the businesses built on BitShares would be good.

Pretty sure I can attend this year to help out.

Offline bench

Bitshares took part at Decentralized 2018. Since then, price went down hill.
I don't see any reason, why we should now spend more BTS in 2019.

We don't need another conference, we need a serious marketing worker!
Be part of the change and vote for the bitshares-vision proxy!

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Bitshares took part at Decentralized 2018. Since then, price went down hill.
I don't see any reason, why we should now spend more BTS in 2019.

We don't need another conference, we need a serious marketing worker!


I agree on the marketing worker. Hence why I mention it in the text above. I believe this conference would serve as a great launch platform for it.

The rest of your comment about the BTS price is totally irrelevant and imho if you were hoping/expecting that a simple conference appearance would influences the price, or that price action is the only metric of success of various workers , you'd be wrong.

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Our worker budget is tided to the BTS price, we can't exclude this.

What benefits got Bitshares from the 2018 conference?
 
As you mentioned the worker is not cheap and will have no direct impact on the Bitshares price.
But at this price level for BTS, we need a cheap worker with direct price impact!
Be part of the change and vote for the bitshares-vision proxy!

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Our worker budget is tided to the BTS price, we can't exclude this.

What benefits got Bitshares from the 2018 conference?
 
As you mentioned the worker is not cheap and will have no direct impact on the Bitshares price.
But at this price level for BTS, we need a cheap worker with direct price impact!

I don't know if it will or won't, it might since this is a big enough event and partnering up is very different than being one of many booths. I'm just not stating price action as a goal or a KPI.

Cheap never gets the job done. I'd love to see cheap efficient marketing workers but not holding my breath.....everyone keeps saying it but I don't see any being put forward.

As far as benefits from the 2018 conference, one of the main ones is meeting the organizers and making a good enough impression that they green-lit a potential partnership this year.

You may not be aware of this but BitShares has a HORRIBLE reputation in the wider crypto world. So being taken seriously enough is a great thing.

Mostly it served networking purposes (such as with cointelligence).

Not sure what you were expecting?


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I don't know if it will or won't, it might since this is a big enough event and partnering up is very different than being one of many booths. I'm just not stating price action as a goal or a KPI.
This is the reason for 2018 and we already have https://bitsharestalk.org/index.php?topic=28374.0

Cheap never gets the job done. I'd love to see cheap efficient marketing workers but not holding my breath.....everyone keeps saying it but I don't see any being put forward.
This is not a reason to finance an overpriced centralized event. The main benefits are for the people, who are organizing this event.

You may not be aware of this but BitShares has a HORRIBLE reputation in the wider crypto world. So being taken seriously enough is a great thing.
This is the reason to spend more BTS on marketing/socialize and UI!

Mostly it served networking purposes (such as with cointelligence).
I am not totally against this, but it should be always in balance.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2019, 03:14:58 pm by bench »
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I am in full support of the BitShares DAC approving funding for sponsorship of Decentralized 2019 in Athens. Based on my experience last year and conversations with the organizers since, I am certain this will yield a positive return on investment for the DAC.

I met with Antones Polemitis, CEO of the University of Nicosia (UNIC) at Consensus in May to discuss sponsorship and more. His vision for UNIC is focused on a core tenant of the BitShares DAC: decentralization. I feel UNIC and the BitShares DAC have an opportunity to work together on something far beyond a couple-day conference in Europe. UNIC is focused on expanding the delivery of blockchain education on a global scale and we discussed the opportunity to incorporate BitShares content into the messaging where appropriate: alternative consensus algorithms, decentralized organizations, governance, financial services dApps, etc.

The Decentralized Conference is public event which brings together nearly one thousand individuals, primarily from Europe. UNIC is taking their show on the road in the next year, to build on the conference success, by providing educational training and guidance for policy makers and enterprise constituents in various globally diverse jurisdictions. Successful business are already built atop the BitShares protocol. They too present an opportunity, as case studies, to inform these conversation about how protocols can be applied to enable their businesses to succeed; often without regulation, but always in a decentralized way.

I feel the point of this thread is to open a dialog within the BitShares Community about how we get our message out there. We have a platform capable of so many things. Let's start with a willing and capable entity in UNIC to advance the message of decentralization to a global audience.
Witness: fox

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I agree Bitshares need to appear in Decentralized 2019 but please spend the money carefully.

Last year we spend so much money but only get 12 minutes on stage and until today only have 547 views in Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MNr1p_43_Y

Before decide what level of sponsorship this year, first you need to find out who is going to become speakers and cover what topics? Is meaningless if the speaker just want to talk about "What is DPOS?" because it is too generic and is not unique to Bitshares. I would suggest topic like "Now You Can Issue StableCoin with Bitcoin, ETH, LTC or any coins with Bitshares HTLC Technology" , then you will attract a lot interest.

Is good the organizer provide video but Google don't read video, we need to have transcript or else it is useless. I suggest the budget should include transcript as well, translation to Chinese and RU would be a bonus.

Last but not least, the budget should not only include travel costs for speakers but also allowance for them to buy souvenir and food. If they need to take out money from their pocket this time, most likely they will not attend events next time. We should make them happy.


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I think a sponsorship similar to last year's would be a good investment for the DAC. I think it's good for BTS to have a sponsorship presence in the three largest markets of BTS holders (Europe, East Asia, North America).

Conference sponsorship is a type of marketing. Though maybe people are thinking we should market more to non-crypto users. That will be tough to get people from no crypto to BTS. The natural progression for most people is no crypto - BTC - BTS.


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I met with Antones Polemitis, CEO of the University of Nicosia (UNIC) at Consensus in May to discuss sponsorship and more. His vision for UNIC is focused on a core tenant of the BitShares DAC: decentralization. I feel UNIC and the BitShares DAC have an opportunity to work together on something far beyond a couple-day conference in Europe. UNIC is focused on expanding the delivery of blockchain education on a global scale and we discussed the opportunity to incorporate BitShares content into the messaging where appropriate: alternative consensus algorithms, decentralized organizations, governance, financial services dApps, etc.

That is so awesome! They do great work (took their MOOC) and this is a great long term partnership for BitShares!

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With 200k € we can finance 8 decent independent marketing worker for 25k €, which brings real value/integration to Bitshares.

They wanna be decentralized but don't offer any crypto payments, what a joke! No serious margin trader will vote for 200k €.

I gonna support this worker until 25k€!
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With 200k € we can finance 8 decent independent marketing worker for 25k €, which brings real value/integration to Bitshares.

They wanna be decentralized but don't offer any crypto payments, what a joke! No serious margin trader will vote for 200k €.

I gonna support this worker until 25k€!

They do actually. Last year's sponsorship fee was paid in btc

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Hello,

Since the organizers follow this thread in order to help with any questions and comments (personally, the fact they do this without any prompting speaks volumes imho), they have asked me to share the following.

"If BitShares goes for the event partner package, we can announce BitShares as a founding member of the IFF, this membership will last for one year. What that means is that in all of our brochures and presentations, BitShares will be highly visible. Our current IFF  members include Ripple, PumaPay, R3 Corda,  Hyperledger, Trade.io , University of Cambridge , UCL. We can also provide hotel accommodation for up two people for 3 nights. The Canadian Government have confirmed their Platinum sponsorship, they will be inviting all Canadian Business's in the Balkans to the event and also to the Canadian people living in Greece and to all Canadian Business's in Greece."

I am also attaching their IFF (Institute For the Future) presentation here:

https://github.com/clockworkgr/worker-proposals/blob/master/20190313%20-%20IFF%20Presentation.pdf

along with the relevant website: https://www.unic.ac.cy/iff

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Hello,

Since the organizers follow this thread in order to help with any questions and comments (personally, the fact they do this without any prompting speaks volumes imho), they have asked me to share the following.

"If BitShares goes for the event partner package, we can announce BitShares as a founding member of the IFF, this membership will last for one year. What that means is that in all of our brochures and presentations, BitShares will be highly visible. Our current IFF  members include Ripple, PumaPay, R3 Corda,  Hyperledger, Trade.io , University of Cambridge , UCL. We can also provide hotel accommodation for up two people for 3 nights. The Canadian Government have confirmed their Platinum sponsorship, they will be inviting all Canadian Business's in the Balkans to the event and also to the Canadian people living in Greece and to all Canadian Business's in Greece."

I am also attaching their IFF (Institute For the Future) presentation here:

https://github.com/clockworkgr/worker-proposals/blob/master/20190313%20-%20IFF%20Presentation.pdf

along with the relevant website: https://www.unic.ac.cy/iff

I believe this is opportunity we were waiting for. Don't need to mention that SCB bank (Siam Commercial Bank owned by Royal Family) in Thailand is utilizing RIPPLE already, so they must be doing something right :)

Anyway 200,000.00 USD for being partner of the Event, 1 year of advertisement/membership around well reputed brands/organizations and 3 day accommodation for 2 people are already cutting a lot of expenses and giving better opportunity in terms of Branding, Reputation, Marketing and Public Influence through all mentioned. I've seen people around asking for similar amounts for simple marketing/article workers that will never reach people we are talking about here (Decentralized 2019), or even class they residing in real crypto-business industry.

Networking will always be a must for any business to success, and having in mind history of BitShares - even as a first DPOS we still have our chance as 2nd Mover to take 1st place.

Unfortunately I don't have stake to support this, but hopefully that our respectful BTS holders will click vote on this one. None of you costs this a cent, but means a lot to the ecosystem, and its time for you to do some proper voting for the benefits of the BitShares.

At the end of the day, this worker utilize no profit for any individual but the Ecosystem and Platform/Blockchain/Technology itself.

P.S. Forgotten to say, thanks @clockwork for such a great effort to promote BitShares and bring this deal on the table! (again)

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