URL : http://linux-bangalore.org/2002/participate/delegates/
Conference Delegate Registration System
Please read this before continuing with the registration.
Last year, we had an issue with more people at the venue than
actuallyattending the talks. This caused a lot of inconvenience to
people, becausethey had to stand in long queues, and our poor BLUG
volunteers were tearingtheir hair out.
Many people who stood in the queues actually did so because the event
was free, and because registration would give them "attendance" in
colleges and at work. While we are proud that principals and employers
considered the event worthy of such recognition, we were quite upset
about how it was misused by some people, and of course the
Another problem was that of the people who registered online, very few
people came with their registration codes/cards, causing our
volunteers to have to re-enter everything.
So, after a lot of deliberation, we have decided on the following
system to ensure that only people actually interested in the event
1. We are going to charge a gate fee of Rs.300 per head for people
who have pre-registered online and bring their correct
registration code (i.e. the printout of the registration card that
you get to see when you register online).
2. We are going to charge a gate fee of Rs.500 for people who show up
to register, but have not registered online or who do not have a
valid registration code with them.
The money we collect is *not* for our coffers, or even for the event.
Instead, every delegate will receive a Conference T-Shirt (valued
atRs.150) and food coupons for all three days (valued at Rs.150).This
is, of course, in addition to any handouts that our sponsors give us
toinclude in delegate kits.
What this means is that while delegates have to pay Rs.300 to attend
the event (Rs.500 for those lazy guys who make us work extra hard),
they will receive at least Rs.300 worth stuff in return - thereby
rendering the actual cost of attending the event to zero.
What does this mean?
1. You *will* have to spend some money to attend the event. The
amount is low enough to be attractive to even the poorest student
- with 70 talks, an exhibition and tons of other stuff, plus the
food coupons and T-Shirt, this is a total steal.
2. If you are in it for the attendance only, and wish to sneak off
even after paying - well, you are the proud owner of a t-shirt and
food coupons that you cannot use anywhere but at the event.
3. If you are really not interested and don't want to spend money,
then you don't have to.
While we recognise that some people are likely to complain about not
getting in for free, we have to look at the greater good.
1. The people who don't register online also affect our estimates on
how many T-shirts are required. On the other hand, so do people
who register but don't show up.
2. The food coupons are not encashable, nor is any other part of the
package (i.e. the T-Shirt). You pay, you get, you use. No
discounts because "I don't need the T-Shirt" or "I am on a diet".
3. Food is veggie only, and fixed menu. We eat our own dogfood -
complaints about food quality (if any) should take into account
that the managers will eat the same stuff you will.
4. Extra T-Shirts will not be available. However, if you anticipate
the need for extra T-shirts, register twice, pay twice, and Bob's
your uncle. ;-)
About the T-Shirts:
The T-Shirts will have the conference Logo on the left breast, and the
Conference name on the back, with the Platinum sponsor's logo on the
We cannot guarantee T-shirts to people who don't pre-register.
Quantities (with reasonable margins) will be based on the number of
pre-registrations via the CDRS.
Even if enough T-shirts are available, we cannot guarantee sizes for
people who do not pre-register.
(In fact, we do not guarantee anything except that a good time will be
had by all.)
About the registration cards:
When you register, you will receive a conference deletgate pass which
you *MUST* display whenever you enter the premises or any area within
the premises (such as an auditorium). It is common for people to have
the pass on the first day and forget it at home (or lend it to a
cheapskate friend) on the second and third day. I am afraid that will
result in your eviction.
Moral of the story: DON'T LOSE YOUR DELEGATE PASS!
This is especially important on evening of the last day's Mondo Major
Monster BLUG meet and the "cultural programme" (he he he - maha-evil
chuckle, accompanied by sinister rubbing of hands, bolts of lightning,
crash of thunder...), which will take place in an auditorium that can
accommodate no more than 1000 people who will keep perfectly still and
seated - a most unlikely scenario given the programme...
We do not guarantee the availability of seats at talks. First come,
first served. We will be happy to reserve seats for people who are
willing to pay the value of the event to them, but then we don't think
even Bill Gates has that much money ;-)
OK, you may now spend 5 minutes flaming us for "commercialising the
event", "violating the spirit of Linux" and "being the Microsoft of
the Linux world" , after which you may click on the link below to
register as a delegate for the event. ;-)
Please note that you don't have to pay to register - you only have to
pay when you actually show up at the event.