[Consortium] Sponsors for prizes

Pieter Palmers pieterp at joow.be
Thu Oct 30 04:28:30 EDT 2008

Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> Hi,
> As per the previous message regarding the template competition I am 
> seeking sponsors for prizes that can be given to the winners of the 
> design competition.
> However I am also seeking sponsors for a higher level of award that is 
> now well overdue.
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> All of us have used Linux Audio tools for our businesses and have a debt 
> of gratitude to the Linux Audio Developers community. There are some 
> very specific names that deserve official recognition for their 
> motivation, dedication and all round superstar qualities.
> I would like to see the next Linux Audio Conference as the inaugural 
> awards ceremony for Linux Audio Developers, Musicians, and Supporters.
> I am proposing a series of awards that will be sponsored by members of 
> the Consortium.
> Obviously there will be a lifetime achievement award but we also need a 
> couple of other categories. Some suggestions are:
> Developers:
> Best Audio recording software
> Best Midi software
> Best DJ software
> Best Sequencing software
> Best Plugin
> Most Active contributor
> Most Active evangalist
> Best Blog
> Best Forum

Considering my own stuff:
"Infrastructure Achievement Award" for projects like: jack1/jack2, lash, 
qjackctl, patchage, alsa, freebob/ffado, ladi, ...

The base level is far less sexy to work on, but is IMHO very important 
since it's the enabling technology for all these other sexy apps.



> Users:
> Most likely to receive a record contract
> Most popular track on LAM
> Best Electronic Track
> Best Classical Track
> Best Pop Track
> Best Rock Track
> Best Audio recording
> The list could go on....
> Once we have a list we will take submissions from the public Then we 
> have two choices.
> 1: It will be upto the consortium board to select the recipients in a 
> private vote.
> 2: We keep the process completely open if there is enough will for it. 
> But this would require a good voting system.
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> - Obviously we can't give a prize to everyone who deserves it but we can 
> make it an annual ceremony that will give people recognition and may 
> also encourage more people to get involved in the community.
> - I can see an opportunity for logo placement and write ups in the 
> various audio magazines who will no doubt run spots with the details 
> once we give them the press release as there are a few members who 
> already have good connections to get things printed.
> - There will also be opportunity for logos to be displayed on the 
> official websites during the competition and of course the goodwill 
> generated by returning something back to the community is priceless.
> - I will not set any limitations for the prizes that can be offered. I 
> think it really depends on how much value you receive from the community 
> and how much of an impact you would like to make by sponsoring. After 
> all this is the inaugural ceremony so there are bound to be some hiccups 
> along the way and we don't want to promise anything or set the bar too high.
> For what it is worth my company Boost Hardware is sponsoring $US500 for 
> the template competition.
> I think there are some deeper pockets or at the very least some cooler 
> prizes.
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>  Feel free to contact me off list with suggestions or pledges. I will 
> start building out the details on the lau.linuxaudio.org subdomain this 
> weekend. As soon as I have a  pledge your company logo will receive a 
> prominent spot on the site. If you want to sponsor the template 
> competition I will put the prize details up immediately but specific 
> details for the awards will be kept secret until we have some momentum. 
> Also if you want to sponsor a specific award that will be great.
> Just remember that the bigger the prize the more likely it is that 
> people will notice it and remember. Booby prizes are welcome too though 
> and will be fairly distributed so don't feel embarrassed if you don't 
> offer as much as the next guy. Everything counts and makes the event 
> more memorable.

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